Two items in the press have caught my attention and make me wonder if other airlines are now admitting that Ryanair have got their business model right.
1. Easyjet are to close many of their checkin desks in an attempt to make passengers check in online. In other words, more bag drop desks but fewer checkin desks.
.easyJet said it is unlikely to charge passengers and, for the near future at least, would ensure a limited check-in service at the airport is still available
Note they haven't fully ruled out charging in the future if you don't checkin online.
2. British Airways. This is a biggie. On four flights to Europe from Gatwick they give a discount if not checking in hold baggage. To me, that is the same as charging for checked in baggage but without saying so. This will be extended to all BA flights to Europe from Gatwick in the near future. Their web site seems to be highlighting the size and weight limits for cabin baggage so maybe they will be getting stricter checking that.
I have always maintained that ALL airlines charge for checked baggage but hide it in the ticket price. At least Ryanair are up front about charging for it.
So, is this some airlines admitting Ryanair got it right and are other airlines likely to follow suit?