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American to charge $50 for second bag on international routes

September 17, 2009

Flying is all set to get more expensive with the concept of pay for check-in baggage this week. One of US’ biggest carriers, American Airlines, has from Monday discontinued the earlier practice of allowing economy passengers to check in two bags of up to 50 lbs (23 kgs) each for no charge. The airline will now charge $50 for the second bag and $150 for the third one, said the airline’s call centre in India.

American’s website said: “Customers purchasing economy class tickets on or after September 14 for travel between some countries and US …. may check one bag for no charge and the second bag for $50.” The airline’s call centre said the first bag allowed to be cheked in for free should weigh up to 23 kg. “If that bag is over 23 kg and below 32 kg, a charge of $50 will be for being overweight. Similarly, if the second or third bags also weigh between 23 and 32 kg, then a similar fee of $50 will be levied on each in addition to the additional bag charge of $50 and $150,” said the call centre for economy class passengers.

Foreign carriers, especially US airlines, had earlier this year started levying charge for both internal and international flights. Many even levy a charge of $20-30 for the first check-in bag. LCCs abroad, like Britain’s Ryan Air, also make passengers pay for check-in baggage.

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