Emirates increases free baggage allowance on African routes

EmiratesEmirates, the world’s largest international airline with an extensive network across Africa, has increased its free baggage allowance for customers travelling on flights originating from the 22 destinations across Africa.

A statement from the Airline, and copied the Ghana News Agency, said from April 15, 2016, all Emirates’ customers travelling in any of the airline’s three cabin classes on outbound African flights, would benefit from the increase in free baggage allowance based on the piece concept (individual piece of luggage).

“Economy Class customers will get a new baggage allowance of two bags weighing up to 23kg each, taking the current weight allowance from 30kg to 46kg, while Business Class increases to two bags of 32kg each, taking the current 40kg to 64kg,”the statement said.

“First Class customers will get a baggage allowance of two bags weighing up to 32 kg each, a rise from the current 50 kg to 64kg. In addition, infants will be entitled one piece of luggage up to 23kg.”

The statement said baggage allowance would be applicable for all return Emirates’ flights commencing from Ghana, Algeria, Angola, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco, Mauritius, Nigeria, Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe to the Emirates network, adding that irrespective of the point of sale, the piece concept would apply for the entire journey.

“At Emirates we always focus on how we can give our customers the best value for money through award winning products and services, both in the air and on the ground,” the statement said.

“The increased free baggage allowance is another compelling reason for travellers to fly with Emirates. It will enable them to carry even more goods, whether for personal or business reasons, on their journey from Africa to points across our global network and back,” said Orhan Abbas, Emirates Senior Vice President for Commercial Operations in Africa.”

“With more than 370 flights a week between Dubai and the 22 passenger destinations we serve in Africa, the continent is a very important region for Emirates, and we believe the new allowance will further strengthen trade and tourism connectivity between Africa and our worldwide network, particularly the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.”

The statement said the new piece concept would, however, not apply to customers who were issued with tickets before April 15, 2016.

“Customers on all Emirates flights between its Dubai hub and the 22 destinations in Africa, also enjoy Emirates’ award winning ice entertainment system, which offers hundreds of channels of audio and visual entertainment, while enjoying gourmet cuisine, and the service and hospitality from Emirates’ multi-national cabin crew, including those from many countries in Africa,” the statement said.

In addition to opening new routes, Emirates would continue to enhance its presence in Africa by increasing flight frequencies to existing points, and deploying larger aircraft to cater for the increasing passenger and cargo demand, the statement said.

Emirates also serves five cargo only destinations in Africa.

Source: GNA

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