Gulf Air increases baggage allowance

24 Sep 2009 by Mark Caswell

Gulf Air is increasing its checked luggage allowance across all three classes from next month, bringing it in line with Middle Eastern rival Emirates.

From October 1 the allowances in economy, business and first class will increase by 10kg, to 30kg, 40kg and 50kg repsectively. The announcement follows rival Emirates’ similar decision earlier this year (see online news May 6), meaning that the two Gulf carriers now have among the most generous checked luggage allowances worldwide.

Silver members of Gulf Air’s frequent flyer programme are entitled to an additional 15kg over and above the new limit, while Gold members are entitled to a further 20kg, bringing their total limit to 70kg.

Commenting on the announcement Willy Boulter, Gulf Air’s chief commercial officer said: "Our decision to increase the allowance is in direct response to feedback from our customers who are looking for greater flexibility in the amount of free checked luggage they can carry when flying.  

“Many of our customers travel to destinations on the Gulf Air network for extended periods to visit friends and family as well as for work related commitments and therefore need to carry more luggage than the standard allowance provides for.”

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Report by Mark Caswell

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