Passengers flying Economy Class on Macau-based Viva Macau Airlines will now have to pay for check-in baggage starting April 1. This applies to all services except charter services to Tokyo.
Simultaneously, checked baggage allowance has been reduced from 20kg to 15kg.
For flights within five hours such as Jakarta and Ho Chi Minh City, US$8 per passenger will be charged for any checked baggage up to 15kg; for flights of more than five hours such as Sydney, US$12 per passenger.
By introducing the new policy, Viva Macau CEO Con Korfiatis said airfares would be kept low. On February 26, fuel surcharges were dropped from its Macau-Jakarta and Macau-Ho Chi Minh City services, while those on services to Sydney and Tokyo were brought down.
Launched in 2006 to capitalise on Macau’s then-booming gaming industry, the airline, along with the rest of its regional counterparts, continues to reel from the effects of the global financial crisis. Philippine Airlines, which started flying to the destination in May 2008, recently reduced frequencies from daily to four flights a week.
Viva Macau features Premium and Economy classes and utilises Boeing B767s.
For more details, visit www.flyvivamacau.com
Margie T Logarta