Etihad adopts new bag rule

ABU DHABI, 1 February 2018: Etihad Airways has introduced a new baggage policy for its international flights, except those bound for the US and Canada.

It is essentially reverting to a weight based calculation, which was the standard in the past for all international flights until the US airlines switched to a two suitcase rule for checked baggage.

Etihad in a press statement said the changes would provide a simpler baggage structure as the allowance for all markets, excluding the US and Canada, would be based on total weight rather than the number of bags checked in.

Etihad Airways executive vice president commercial, Mohammad Al Bulooki, said: “In line with global best practice and market trends, the switch to a policy based on weight rather than the number of bags simplifies our allowance system.”

With the switch to a weight-based baggage policy, the majority of markets will be entitled to 23kg of checked baggage on economy deal fares, 30kg on economy saver and classic fares, and 35kg on economy flex fares.

Customers in all business class fare categories are entitled to 40kg, and first class customers enjoy a 50kg allowance.

Passengers travelling in Residence on-board Etihad Airways’ Airbus A380 fleet are provided with an allowance of four bags at 32kg each. Exceptions apply to select markets.

Etihad Guest Silver, Gold and Platinum members will continue to receive a complimentary excess baggage allowance of 32kg on US and Canada routes, and 20kg for Platinum members, 15kg for Gold members and 10kg for Silver members on all other routes.