Dubai-based Emirates Airline has announced some changes to its baggage policy.
The weight per passenger that the carrier allows is 30kg in economy class, 40kg in business class and 50kg in first class.
The good news is that the amount of weight that one is entitled to remains the same in each class.
However, some dimensional changes are going to be enforced According to the airline, for tickets issued on or after November 15 this year, passengers will not be able to carry individual items with total dimensions exceeding 300cm (118 inches).
Until then, the airline will continue to accept items beyond 300cm (118 inches) and up to 400cm (157 inches) in length in exceptional cases.
After November 15, however, Emirates noted that items bigger than 300cm cannot be transported as checked baggage, and must be sent as cargo or freight.
“There are no exceptions to this rule,” it states.
Even before the said date, for bigger items, the airline said it’s advisable to check with local Emirates office for details at least seven working days prior to travelling with such items to avoid any unpleasant surprises and hassles at the airport.
Any baggage that exceeds these set limits will be referred to Emirates SkyCargo, it said.
Number of bags
Those travelling to Canada, North America or South America, should be aware of the baggage policy that applies on these routes.
Those flying on these long-haul flights have half the per-bag size allocation although the total weight allowance is higher than on other routes.
“For itineraries including any destinations in Canada, North or South America, different baggage rules apply. For Canada and North America, customers are allowed two bags of up to 23kg each in economy class, and two bags of up to 32kg each in first class or business Class.”
“For South America, customers are allowed two bags of up to 32kg each in all classes,” says the carrier.
Those flying on these long haul flights should ensure that the total dimensions of each piece must not exceed 150cm (59 inches).
Customers with individual items exceeding above dimensions up to 300cm (118 inches) will be charged an additional fee. Individual items with total dimensions exceeding 300cm (118 inches) cannot be transported as checked baggage, and must be sent as cargo or freight.
For customers with two pieces of luggage in all three classes, the total combined dimensions of both pieces should not exceed 300cm (118 inches), advises Emirates. These are applicable on tickets issued on or after November 15, 2014.
For passengers whose tickets are issued prior to November 15, 2014, the total dimensions (length+ width+ height) of each piece must not exceed 158cm (62 inches). For economy class customers with two pieces of luggage, the total combined dimensions of both pieces must not exceed 273cm (107 inches).
Customers with baggage exceeding these dimensions will be charged an additional fee, the airline noted.