Following last weeks announcement that British Airways is to make changes to its baggage policies, franchise partner BMED, who operate flights between XXX and London on behalf of British Airways, is to introduce the same measures, the company told Trend.
The new guidelines are being introduced to bring them in line with recommendations by the UK Department for Transport and requirements by Heathrow airports operator, BAA. The new baggage policies will see changes to hand, checked and excess baggage allowances and will be phased in from 5th July 2006.
These new baggage policies are being introduced to simplify the system for our customers and reduce queuing time at airports. Customers travelling with the airline after 5th July are advised to visit www.ba.com/baggagepolicy or check the new baggage allowances with their travel agent before departing.
From July customers who fly with British Airways or their franchise partner BMED will be able to carry on one bag and a briefcase, laptop computer bag or equivalent.
Gauges are being introduced at every airport and hand baggage must fit into the gauge in order to be carried onto the aircraft. Oversize items will need to be checked into the hold as luggage.
Any carry on bag can no longer be larger than 56cm x 45cm x 25cm and flyers must be able to lift their bag, unaided, into the overhead lockers. Briefcases and laptop bags must be able to be stored safely underneath their seat.
Changes to the airlines free checked-in baggage allowances will commence on 11th October and will vary according to class of travel. Customers travelling in the World Traveller cabin will be able to check-in one bag weighing up to 23kg. Club World customers will be able to check-in two bags each weighing up to 23kg. The new Club World allowance represents a 16kg increase in the baggage allowance for Club World customers. The maximum weight for any single bag will be reduced to 23kg to comply with health and safety recommendations. In addition to the baggage allowance, all British Airways customers can check-in one piece of sporting equipment, such as golf clubs or skis, free of charge
Customers travelling with infants will benefit from a substantial increase in their checked-in baggage allowance from October 11. The free entitlement for infants will be one bag weighing up to 23kg plus a collapsible pushchair or buggy. In addition a parent will be allowed to carry a standard-sized bag onto the aircraft for their infant when flying as well as their own allowance.
Any baggage in excess of the free allowance will be charged at ВЈ120 per bag.
As an industry first, the airline is offering its customers the opportunity to pre-pay for their excess baggage on-line before arriving at the departure airport. Those taking advantage of the new scheme will benefit from a 20 per cent discount, making the excess baggage charge ВЈ96 per bag if paid for in advance on-line. Customers can pay on-line at www.ba.com/managemybooking. The service will be available from July 12, 2006 for customers travelling on or after October 11, 2006