By Andy Sambidge
Economy passengers will be allowed 30kg from Sept 1; First Class up to 50kg, says carrier
Qatar Airways said on Tuesday that it will increase baggage allowance for passengers across its global network from September 1.
The Gulf carrier said in a statement that economy weight allowances will rise from 23kg to 30kg while Business and First Class will increase from 30kg and 40kg to 40kg and 50kg respectively.
The number of bags remains the same and dependent on the type of ticket purchased, the airline said.
The increased weight allowance does not apply when travelling to points that are regulated by per-piece allowance, it added.
“Revising our standard baggage allowance comes at a time whereby the number of destinations we fly is increasing and our global reach is broadening,” said Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker.
“The number of customers we see travelling for longer periods of time, whether for business or on holiday, reflects the necessity for increased baggage allowance no matter their destination.
Those passengers who are planning to travel prior to September 1 will be able to take advantage of the increased baggage allowance on their return trip if travel is on September 1 or later.
Qatar Airways has so far launched six destinations – Gassim (Saudi Arabia), Najaf (Iraq), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Chicago (USA), Salalah (Oman), Basra (Iraq) and now Sulaymaniyah (Iraq).
Over the next few weeks and months, the network will grow further with Chengdu, China (September 3), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (September 18), Clark International Airport, Philippines (October 28) and Philadelphia, US (April 2014).For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
Didnt Emirates do this over a year ago?
Glad they have caught up
Saudi Airlines already allows the Economy passenger with 50 Kgs. Its a logic most of economy passengers travel with more weight, which allot them with 30 Kgs and 50 Kgs for the upper class. Whereas business class people hardly carry any luggage with them. If you want to be in real business allow the passenger of economy with 50 Kgs and see the difference.