Published on : Thursday, February 1, 2018
The previous allowance of 46 kgs has halved overnight to 23 kg for travellers booking discount tickets to key destinations in Africa including Johannesburg, Lagos and Nairobi.
A second 23kg bag will cost $1,280 (£904), plus a further 25 per cent if paid at the airport will be charged on a return flight from Heathrow or Manchester to any African destination.
The economy passengers will be applied the lowest limits with ‘deal’ tickets while those choosing ‘saver’ or ‘ classic’ will have their baggage cut to 30 kg.
The ‘economy flex’ travellers can carry 40 kg.
For journeys beginning in Africa, the allowance did not change with 40kg allowed for all economy passengers.
Unless UK economy travellers to India, Pakistan and Bangladesh book a “flex” ticket they can avail a limit of 35kg. They were earlier entitled to 46 kg but now their allowance fall by over one-third to 30 kg.
Allowances cut will be imposed on premium passengers, both business and first-class travellers used to enjoy a limit of 64kg.
But in business class the limit drops to 40kg, and in first to 50kg.
In “The Residence” on the upper deck of Airbus A380 jets the travellers will continue to enjoy an allowance of 128kg, this being an only exception.
The reduction seem to reduce convenience and customer benefit while diminishing the travel experience but the airlines cited the opposite.
An Etihad spokesperson stated that they were bringing their baggage allowance in line with competitors in each of the markets they were operating.
The current system is simpler and will be based on total weight, rather than the number of checked in bags and every guest will continue to experience their award winning inflight service.