Cathay rolls out new baggage charges

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 02 November, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 02 November, 2010, 12:00am

Cathay Pacific will increase the charge on excess luggage by at least four times on long-haul routes to and from North America starting next month.

The carrier introduced a new charging system for overweight and additional luggage on all routes yesterday. The new rules, which will be applied to tickets bought on or after December 1, will set excess check-in luggage charges by destination rather than ticket price. For routes from Hong Kong to the United States and Canada, the charge on baggage that exceeds 23 kilograms will be increased to US$100 from US$25 per piece in economy class.

Additional baggage, or a third check-in bag, will be charged at US$150 per piece on routes to North America. Odd-sized baggage measuring over 158 centimetres and not more than 203cm long will be subject to a charge of US$100 per piece from next month on all classes.

Passengers travelling to or from the Asia Pacific region and the Middle East will be subject to a levy of US$10 to US$30 per extra kilogram, while European routes will charge passengers US$60 per extra kilogram, a departure from the current policy, which charges 1.5 per cent of the highest normal direct one-way economy class fare per kilogram.

The main reason for the change is to simplify the handling of charges for extra baggage, the company said on its website yesterday.