Gulf Air increases luggage allowance

Hotel News - 01/10/2009

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While a number of international airlines like Delta, American Airlines and British Airways have invited criticism for slapping low-cost-airlines-style luggage charges on their passengers, Gulf Air has announced that it will in fact increase its free luggage allowance for passengers.

Gulf Air's economy passengers will now have access to one of the most generous economy baggage allowances in the world. Beginning October 1, economy passengers on Gulf Air will be able to carry 30kg of luggage on board, 10kg up from the previous limit of 20kg. Business and First class passengers will also enjoy similar increases, and will now be able to carry 40kg and 50kg respectively.

Among the frequent flyers, Gulf Air's Silver members will be able to carry an additional 15kg on board, while Gold members will get a whopping 20kg increase on their baggage allowance.

Gulf Air's Chief Commercial Officer, Willy Boutler has said that the decision to increase baggage allowance was a direct result of feedback received from the airline's customers. He said many customers using the Gulf Air network travel for extended periods of time, for work as well as to visit relatives and friends, and need to carry far more than the standard limits allowed.

The Chief Officer said the new baggage allowance was a reflection of the airline's commitment to providing customers with excellent service and value for money.

Gulf Air's latest measure stands in stark comparison with measures introduced by airlines like British Airways and American Airlines, whose passengers are now being made to pay extra fees for checking in a second bag.

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