KLM Increases Luggage Fees by 125%

Monday, 9. November 2009 7:48

KLM has increased it’s excess luggage fees for Economy class customers travelling to routes where 2 pieces of luggage are allowed.

Ecomomy Class passengers travelling to these destinations will now have to pay £90 (100 euros) for any excess weight from 23 kg (50 lbs) to a maximum of 32 kg (70 lbs).

The previous fee was £40, representing an inflation busting 125% increase.

We advice you simply stick to your 23kg allowance as the increase means you would be paying a minimum of £10 per extra kilogram.  This is simply not worth it unless you are carrying an item that is worth far more than £90. A simple travel scale would enable to weigh your luggage comfortably at home or at your hotel.  We recommend the one by TravelRight which weighs up to 34Kgs. Available at Amazon.co.uk for just £8.49 (inc delivery).

See KLMs baggage fees

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VIRGIN ATLANTIC’S RICHARD BRANSON: “UK’s TAX INCREASES ON AVIATION ARE OUT OF CONTROL”

Monday, 20. July 2009 3:10

Sir Richard Branson, President of Virgin Atlantic, today warned that the UK Government’s plans to increase taxes on air passengers are out of control and will hurt passengers, the aviation industry and developing regions such as the Caribbean and Africa.

The Air Passenger Duty (APD) paid by passengers leaving the UK is due to increase by up to 113% by November 2010, with the next phased increase due in November this year. It means, for example, that the APD tax on a flight from Heathrow to Dubai will go up from £40 to £60; the tax on a Premium Economy ticket from Gatwick to Barbados will go up from £80 to £150 and the tax on an Upper Class flight from Heathrow to Sydney will rise from £80 to £170.

Virgin Atlantic today announced that all of its e-tickets issued from today onwards would be carrying messages criticising the unjust tax increase by the UK Government, and asking passengers to visit a new information website www.virginatlantic.com/unjusttax so they can protest to their local MP about the increases.

Sir Richard Branson, commented:

“Air Passenger Duty is one of the most unjust taxes out there. The UK Government has been quietly increasing APD by huge amounts and claiming it is an environmental tax. Yet, there’s not a shred of evidence to suggest the £2billion+ currently raised is going towards environmental or sustainable projects.

“Now the UK Government wants to again hike the ridiculously high tax on your holiday or business trip – in November this year and next – by up to 113%. I am urging passengers to write to their local MP on why the planned increases are out of control.

“The increases will hurt passengers, the airline industry and developing regions such as the Caribbean and Africa which rely on the airline industry to power their economies, and enable family and friends based in the UK to visit loved ones.”

Virgin Atlantic supports proposals for a global carbon emissions trading scheme involving all airlines, being proposed at this December’s Copenhagen Summit. The proceeds from the scheme will go towards finding clean energy solutions.

For more information on Virgin Atlantic’s Anti-APD campaign, please log onto www.virginatlantic.com/unjusttax

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Virgin cuts baggage allowance for premium customers

Wednesday, 8. July 2009 2:00

From 23 September 2009, Virgin Atlantic will be changing their checked-in baggage policy, for the whole of the network. Excess baggage charges will be charged t customers going above these new limits. To avoid these charges and embarassing repacking at the airport, please make sure you weigh your luggage before leaving home. You can do this easily with a high quality home travel scale. We recommend the one by TravelRight which weighs up to 34Kgs. Available at Amazon.co.uk for just £6.99.
The new policy is detailed below:
NEW BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE:
Number of Bags:
Destination: Economy Premium Economy Upper Class
USA, Caribbean, Kenya, Nigeria 2 x 23 kilos 2 x 23 kilos 3 x 23 kilos
All other International destinations 1 x 23 kilos 2 x 23 kilos 3 x 23 kilos
EXCESS BAGGAGE CHARGES:
Destination: Economy Premium Economy Upper Class
Bags weighing anything above 23 kilos up to a maximum of 32 kilos. GBP35/
USD50
GBP35/
USD50
GBP35/
USD50
Additional bags over free allowance up to 23 kilos. GBP90/
USD150
GBP90/
USD150
GBP90/
USD150

If the additional bag weighs more than 23 kilos, but up to 32 kilos, excess charges will also apply. Bags weighing over 32 kilos will not be accepted and should be carried as freight or cargo.

For passengers travelling from a Virgin Atlantic to another Virgin Atlantic fights, the most generous allowance will apply.

For any passengers transferring to/from another airline – generally the Virgin Atlantic policy on the applicable route the passengers travels should apply.

For more information check with each airline and with the
local Virgin Atlantic office. For the Frequently Asked Questions on this baggage allowance change, visit the FAQ page.

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Baggage Allowance UK

Wednesday, 24. June 2009 6:08

Baggage Allowance provides information on the baggage allowance or luggage allowance for the most popular airlines flying out of the United Kingdom (UK).

Please select your airline from the menu on the right.

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