Ryanair yesterday said it will begin charging for checked baggage but that a 9% across-the-board fare reduction will offset the new fee for many customers who avail themselves of the ability to check in for their flights online. Although the carrier long has talked about charging passengers to check luggage, FlyBE beat it to the punch last month (ATWOnline, Dec. 20). Ryanair claimed that as more passengers use Web check-in, its airport costs will be lowered significantly. The practice also ...

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