October 31, 2018 / 7:17 PM / 14 days ago

Italy antitrust suspends new hand luggage policy at Ryanair, Wizz Air

FILE PHOTO: A Ryanair aircraft lands at Ciampino Airport in Rome, Italy December 24, 2016. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

ROME (Reuters) - Italy’s antitrust watchdog said on Wednesday it was provisionally suspending a new hand luggage policy at Ryanair (RYA.I) and Wizz Air (WIZZ.L), which had been due to come into force on Nov. 1.

The antitrust body said the two low cost airlines were planning to only let very small bags be brought on board for free and instead start charging passengers for trolleys.

“The request for supplementary pay for an essential element of air transport, such as hand baggage, provides a false representation of the real ticket price ... misleading the consumer,” the watchdog said.

Reporting by Crispian Balmer; editing by Agnieszka Flak

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