Ryanair has been hit with a €3million (£2.6million) fine over its cabin baggage policy.
The low-cost airline was slapped with the penalty by Italy‘s antitrust authority in relation to its new cabin baggage rules, introduced late last year.
Wizz Air was also hit with a fine, worth €1million (£870,000).
Both airlines allow passengers to bring small bags into the cabin free of charge, but only if they can be stowed under the seat in front of them.
Larger bags of up to 10kg require a luggage fee, or a fee-paying priority boarding pass.
Last August, when Ryanair announced its new cabin bag policy, the Italian anti-trust agency warned the airline and Wizz Air to suspend their policies, claiming that they misled customers.
The Italian regulator described hand luggage as an ‘essential’ item for passengers, adding that its price should be included in the cost of a plane ticket. It also added that the new Ryanair policy could result in unfair commercial practice, as it distorts the final price of the ticket.