23 JULY 2012

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Article from BTNews 23 JULY 2012

Germanwings and luggage

Lufthansa’s Germanwings subsidiary has joined the budget airline luggage allowance war.

Bringing it in line with the legacy carriers the airline is raising the maximum weight for first luggage items from 20 to 23kg.  For its “Best” and “Flex” tariffs, one suitcase will be free of charge.  Customers with “Basic” tariff tickets will simply pay €10 for one piece of luggage if they check-in online.

Each additional item of luggage of up to 23kg will cost €70, cheaper than previously.

Passengers travelling with small children are particularly better off.  The same conditions will apply to little ones as to adults.  And Germanwings will also carry one pram, buggy or travel cot, completely free of charge.

For heavier suitcases, new, simplified conditions will also apply.  Up to the absolute maximum weight per piece of 32kg, the first suitcase will be charged an extra €50, and for each additional piece, a supplementary charge of €30 will apply.

Germanwings allows each passenger one free piece of hand luggage on top of any checked-in items.  Maximum size is 55 x 40 x 20cm and no heavier than 8kg.

The simplified charges are part of a far-reaching harmonisation of airlines within the Lufthansa group. www.germanwings.com

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