Etihad Airways is introducing a new baggage policy, with weight allowances changing according to the route, the choice of fare and Etihad Guest membership status.
On some routes, for Economy Breaking Deals and Saver tickets, the baggage allowance per passenger has been reduced from 30 kilograms to 23kg.
On other routes, the economy class allowance has been increased for all fare choices from 30kg to two pieces of baggage at 23kg each.
For Nigerian and African travelers (excluding South Africa and Seychelles), the baggage allowance has been increased from 30kg (additional 10kg applied for some destinations) to 23kg/2 piece.
On flights to and from the US and Canada, the economy class baggage weight limit is unchanged at two bags of 23kg each.
For first and business class tickets on certain routes, the allowance has been changed from 40kg and 50kg to two pieces of baggage at 32kg each.
Also, as part of the policy change, the cost of excess baggage will be cut on a majority of fares, the airline said.
On some routes the cost of buying an additional 23kg piece of baggage will be reduced by up to 90 per cent, with a further reduction of up to 30 per cent if pre-purchased directly from Etihad Airways up to 24 hours before travel.
Members of the Etihad Guest loyalty program will benefit from the new baggage concept, as higher tier members now receive an extra bag or additional weight allowance depending on the market and route.
“In line with industry best practice, we are moving to a fair and transparent baggage concept,” said Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ chief commercial officer.
“Our new fare choices are an easier way for guests to understand what they are paying for, offering clearer pricing, and the flexibility which best suits their travel plans.
“This also applies to their baggage requirements.”
The Abu Dhabi based airline stated on its website that the new baggage policy is “tailor-made to the specific market needs. We shifted to a piece concept for the majority of our network, to further align with Etihad Airways Partners, meaning you can enjoy a more seamless travel experience.”
The new policy will take effect for tickets issued on or after September 14.