Ryanair is to increase the amounts it charges passengers for using check-in desks and checking in baggage. The new charges take effect immediately for new bookings.

For all bookings made from today, the airline's checked-in baggage fee will increase from €6 to €9 per bag and the airport check-in fee will increase from €3 to €4.

Ryanair says it wants to encourage more passengers to check in online and travel with just carry-on luggage in order to cut the number of airport check-in desks it uses and the number of handling staff it employs.

The airline's head of communications Peter Sherrard also warned that these would not be the last increases in the fees. He said they would continue to increase over time until at least 50% of all Ryanair passengers were travelling with hand luggage only and using the online check-in service.