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ANA Adapts New Baggage Policy for International Flights

Airlines & Airports | James Ruggia | April 25, 2013

ANA wants to standardize baggage rules with its partner airlines. The airline changed its baggage policy for international flights for tickets issued on or after June 1. Baggage rules around the world have become increasingly complex as a result of IATA deregulation, which allows individual airlines to freely adopt their own baggage regulations.

Coupled with this, changes to the US Department of Transportion (DOT) baggage rules, which came into effect last July, mean that the baggage policy on code-share flights is determined by the first or most significant “marketing carrier” (the airline selling the ticket) rather than the “operating carrier” (the airline operating the flight). ANA is pushing for the application of a single set of baggage rules even when passengers fly on code-share flights, transfer to another airline, or fly outbound and return flights on different airlines.

In Economy Class, the free baggage allowance will change from two pieces to one piece. First class travelers will be allowed three pieces of 32 kilograms per bag. Business class travelers will be allowed two pieces of 32 kilograms per bag. Economy Class travelers will be allowed I 23 kilograms per bag. ANA allows one stroller, one infant carrying seat, or one car seat per infant or child. This will not be considered as part of the Free Baggage Allowance and will be free of charge as in the past. New charges for the 2nd piece of excess baggage will be introduced with the second piece charged at about $100, the third piece $200.

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