No-frills carrier easyJet is to start charging passengers for checking in more than one bag for their flight, following the introduction of new security measures limiting the size of hand baggage.
The airline claimed the change was being made to try to relieve pressure on check-in staff and would encourage people to travel light.
The changes, which apply to bookings made from September 1, mean any passenger checking in more than one bag will be charged pound;5, if they pay on-line, and pound;10 if they pay at the airport, at the time of departure. The total weight limit per passenger will remain at 20kg, regardless of the number of bags checked in.
Passengers who book before September 1 will not be charged for checking in more than one bag.
There is no change to the current excess baggage charge of pound;5 per kilo for checked-in baggage above the 20kg allowance.
easyJet chief executive Andy Harrison said: --It is simply commonsense that people need to think a little more carefully about how much luggage they take and that is what these changes are designed to do. They will speed up check-in and security and make the airport experience better for everyone.
easyJet is also reverting to its normal check-in opening time of two hours prior to departure, with immediate effect. The check-in desks will continue to close 40 minutes before departure and passengers with hand luggage only, who have checked-in on line, must be at the boarding gate 25 minutes prior to departure.
Meanwhile, the government has reportedly rejected suggestions that air passengers should pay a new ticket surcharge to cover the heightened cost of security at UK airports. Trade and industry secretary Alistair Darling told the BBC that the industry would continue to meet the costs.
Monday, August 21, 2006
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