It’s been a hard lockdown for all of us, but there’s some good news.
Hundreds of flights are expected to resume as airlines restart their international schedules next month.
At the moment, the Foreign Office is continuing to advise against non-essential travel, but this is expected to change soon, the Cambridge News reports.
To make flying as safe as possible, there is new advice from the government for travellers and airlines.
This includes travellers being asked to check in their luggage to minimise what they bring into the cabin.
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It won’t be mandatory, but it will help to stop the spread of coronavirus.
It hasn’t yet been confirmed if passengers will be expected to pay for luggage being put in the hold instead of taken into the cabin, or if airlines will waive the fee.
Anyone thinking about booking a flight is advised to check their destination’s rules and guidelines.
The Mirror has taken a look at each airline’s requirements and the cost of checking in.
Travellers booking with the budget airline will be expected to adhere to strict new safety regulations.
At the airport, travellers are encouraged to use automated bag drops or check in via a screen.
Passengers can bring one piece of hand luggage which it must be 56cm x 45cm x 25cm including handles and wheels.
Checking in luggage that is under 15kg costs between £6.99 – £34.99 depending on the flight, if you do it online.
Luggage between 15kg and 23kg costs between £9.49 and £37.49 to check in online.
Or it will set you back a hefty £40 at the bag drop desk and £50 at the boarding gate.
But you can still bring on hand luggage.
A spokeswoman told Sun Online : “In line with EASA guidance we are allowing passengers to bring hand luggage on board but asking them to try and minimise this and advising them they will be required to stow it themselves in the overhead lockers.”
The airlines allow free checked in luggage on all tickets, excluding Hand Luggage Only tickets
It allows 46kg of cabin baggage free of charge on all other tickets.
If you need to check in more, you can calculate the fee here .
Passengers can take a suitcase into the cabin for free as long as it measures 56cm x 45cm x 25cm or less, and weighs less than 10kg.
Travellers can check in up to three bags weighing 22kg each.
Fees range between £8 and £45 depending on where you are heading, as well as when it is booked.
If you go over the weight limit, passengers face an extra £12 per kg, with the maximum weight allowed up to 32kg altogether.
Boss Michael O’Leary has described the guidance telling passengers not to take hand luggage as “rubbish.”
He said he would continue to recommend that customers “minimise checked in luggage”,
The Irish airline charges up to £17.50 for 10kg depending on the flight.
A Ryanair spokesman told Which ?: ‘We are encouraging extra cabin bags because this reduces the risk of COVID-19 compared with the DfT’s idiotic advice to maximise checked-in bags, which pass through eight different sets of hands and significantly increase the risk of COVID-19.’