After hints in recent months, Transavia is now making it official: the budget airline of Air France-KLM will impose fees for large cabin baggage starting in April. By default, only a personal item up to 40 x 30 x 20 cm is included. Passengers wishing to still bring a cabin trolley on board will now have to pay an additional fee.
Transavia is joining industry giants such as Easyjet, Ryanair, Eurowings, and recently TUIfly in implementing such charges. Meanwhile, the European Union is considering a proposal for EU-wide minimum standards for cabin baggage. Now it is up to the legislator to curb the increasing restrictions on passengers.
From April onwards, a minimum fee of €10 for cabin baggage at Transavia
Currently, Transavia allows a large piece of cabin baggage up to 55 x 35 x 25 cm, in addition to a personal item, with a combined weight limit of 10 kg. For new bookings from April 3, only a personal item will be included. The large cabin baggage will cost at least €10, and the price is expected to vary.
From the 3th of April you will pay for taking your cabin bag (previously hand luggage) (max. 55 x 35 x 25 cm) on board. So if you want to take a cabin bag with you, you can select it during booking after choosing your flight or book it afterwards in My Transavia. The lowest charge for cabin luggage is €10.Transavia-Website
In December, Transavia had already contemplated introducing such fees due to cost pressures. Now the decision has been made.
Transavia is one of the last major budget airlines in Europe to reduce its customary inclusive services. Now, Jet2 remains one of the few, but it has a more limited route network. It remains to be seen whether the EU will tolerate this or indeed introduce the envisaged minimum standards to ensure price transparency.
Personally, I now try to avoid all budget airlines with such customer-unfriendly regulations. It seems it is time to put Transavia on the blacklist. Easyjet stands out as a particularly strong negative example: the flights are not even particularly cheap, yet the British airline often charges €30 to €40 per direction for a cabin trolley.
Translated by Ditmar
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