14 JUNE 2010
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IATA announced ACBR (Automated Carrier Baggage Rules), a project in its “simplifying the Business programme” during the annual airline gathering in Berlin. The whole concept is to provide a central database for interline baggage rules, enabling airlines, travel agents, and passengers to know what baggage rules will apply for any given itinerary. “Airlines have a variety of different rules and fees depending on the number of bags checked, class of travel, frequent flyer status and routings. ACBR will put all of that information in one place so passengers can have a complete understanding of baggage fees before they buy their tickets – even for complicated journeys,” said Aleks Popovitch Senior Vice President Industry Distribution and Financial Services. IATA is partnering with the Airline Tariff Publishing Company (ATPCO), who will host the central database. The plan is for all airlines to submit their baggage rules to ATPCO by September 2010 for implementation in early 2011. www.iata.com
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