Dubai Emirates airline has announced changes to its check-in baggage rules according to which size does matter.
The new rules came into effect on November 15.
An Emirates spokesperson told XPRESS: “Individual items with total dimensions exceeding 300cm (118 inches) cannot be transported as checked baggage, and must be sent as cargo or freight. There are no exceptions to this rule. The standard free baggage allowance for all Emirates destinations (excluding Canada, North or South America) as per the weight concept is 30kg for economy class, 40kg for business class and 50kg for first class.”
For tickets issued before November 15, bags that range 300-400cm may be accepted in exceptional cases. But passengers need to obtain an approval from Emirates at least seven working days before travel. If the free baggage allowance is exceeded, normal excess charges would also apply.
For flights operating to Canada, North and South Americas, the standard free baggage allowance is determined by the piece concept.
Accordingly, two pieces of 23kg each on economy and two pieces of 32kg each on first and business class are allowed.
“Total dimensions (length + width + height) of each piece must not exceed 150cm (59 inches). Customers with individual items exceeding above dimensions up to 300cm (118 inches) will be charged an additional fee. Individual items with total dimensions exceeding 300cm (118 inches) cannot be transported as checked baggage, and must be sent as cargo or freight,” the rules state.
For customers with two pieces of luggage in all three classes, total combined dimensions of both pieces should not exceed 300cm (118 inches).
But for tickets issued prior to November 15, the total dimensions (length+ width+ height) of each piece must not exceed 158cm (62 inches).
The rules state that customers with infants are allowed an additional bag up to 10kg that may not exceed 55 x 38 x 20cm in size where the weight concept applies, or one piece of up to 23kg and with total dimensions (length + width + height) not exceeding 115cm where the piece concept applies.