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Riyadh : Saudi Airlines Announces New Baggage Rules

Riyadh, Aug 4 (Arab News ) : The Saudi Arabian Airlines will implement a new baggage allowance policy on international routes effective Sept. 1.

The new scheme is based on the “piece concept” as opposed to the current “weight concept.”
The airline had informed all travel agents in the Kingdom. In a memo dated July 31, the airline said that the new piece concept has been loaded in all GDSs (Group Decision Support Systems) and it will be automatically reflected on tickets of the passengers.

The specification of each bag would be length 90cm, breadth 75cm and height 43cm.
Currently, international travelers are allowed to carry 40 kg irrespective of the number of bags.
“For instance, a passenger could carry three pieces, each weighing 10 kg, or two pieces of 20 kg each, without inviting any surcharge,” said S. Waheed Lateef of Azmeel Travel.

This will no longer be the case starting Sept. 1. According to the memorandum, Saudia has specified that each economy class passenger will be allowed to carry only one piece of 32 kg or less. For the first and business class, the airline will allow two pieces of 32 kg each.

“For instance, if an economy class passenger has two pieces of 16 kg each, he or she will have to pay extra money for the second piece,” said Lateef. “This is what is called the piece concept. The second bag will be calculated as extra baggage.”

The airline has specified the extra baggage charges in its note to the travel agents. Other airlines are expected to follow suit because the new concept will drastically reduce the aircraft load and increase efficiency.

Holders of Fursan Gold and Silver Cards will be given an additional baggage allowance free of charge.
Guest Class passengers who would like to take an extra bag, will be allowed an additional bag weighing 23 kg with an extra payment of SR 350 for African and Asian destinations and SR 500 to destinations in the United States , while Business Class passengers will be allowed the similar facility with 32kg for the additional bag.

During their return, such additional baggage services will be offered to passengers on payment of $ 100 from the embarkation points to the Kingdom's international airports in Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam.
Carry-on baggage must not exceed 9 kg in First and Business class and 7kg in Economy class cabins. The baggage size should not exceed that of overhead compartment capacity. It is forbidden to carry compressed and liquid materials in either checked-in baggage or carry-on baggage.

Saudia, which joined the 16-member SkyTeam global alliance recently, has started implementing code-share agreements with the alliance’s member airlines, allowing its passengers to select suitable carriers to reach their final destinations.

SkyTeam, which includes Air France, Alitalia, China Airlines, Delta Air Lines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, Aeroflot, Aeroméxico and Air Europa, offers more than 14,700 flights for nearly 530 million passengers to its 958 destinations in 173 countries.

According to Abdullah Al-Ajhar, vice president for public relations, the new code-share system would give passengers a lot of new options to reach their destinations at competitive rates. “We have set up a working team to enlighten passengers about SkyTeam services.”

Saudia passengers traveling on SkyTeam member airlines would receive special services such as priority boarding, landing, baggage clearance and extra baggage allowance in addition to facilities of special lounges.

“They will receive a variety of excellent services, before, during and after the flight, including completion of travel procedures at special counters,” Al-Ajhar said.

Saudia signed the SkyTeam agreement on May 29, becoming the first airline in the Middle East to join the alliance.

Khaled Al-Molhem, director general of the airline, signed the deal with SkyTeam Managing Director Michael Wisbrun during a ceremony at King Abdulaziz International Airport.

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  • akil, chennai

    Fri, Jan 6 2017

    sir,i have samsung 43inch led tv to be allowed the airport riyadh to chennai pls replay me

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  • Allow to led 40' inch , s.selvam

    Sun, May 29 2016

    sir I have led 40' inch tv too be allowed the airport please any person answer me Riyadh to Mumbai Air India 2 June trace date

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  • A.Sadham Sheriff, india

    Thu, Jan 7 2016

    I am travelling this laptop is common or any amount pay pls tell

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  • cherrie, philippines

    Sat, Aug 16 2014

    my ticket was issued last july and this new rule will be implemented starting sept 1 which is my departure,am I still affecte? and as stated in my ticket I am allowed to have 2pcs,.,its really confusing.if I will have 2 pcs as stated in my ticket,i will pay my xtra bag? tynxe

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  • ma.jofelyn v. falculan, king fahad armed forces hosp jedda

    Sat, Feb 23 2013

    Good afternoon.i would like to ask only the amount(kg.)of baggage you allowed in economy,because in my ticket it only 2pcs.i would like ti know only how much the kilo of each pc.may vacation will march1.thank you.

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  • marites, riyadh ksa

    Sat, Dec 8 2012

    sir i get ticket me and my husband last march and its indicate that we are allowed 5okg baggage each.we are booked in class M and H.i get our ticket before the the new baggage system was implemented.its very crazy for us.confusing as well so please advice me.thank

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  • Shaukat, Bombay

    Wed, Oct 3 2012

    This not good for Asian expatraite,Please try to think other solution on baggage rules other than this.We're having Alfursan Blue Membership Card what is the use that card now?

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  • mohammad idrees, riyadh

    Wed, Sep 5 2012

    sir.this new rules not good for asian workers like pakistan.india.bangladesh.we arepoor people with less salary and we are going vacation after two years.than how can we manage this 32kg with many gifts and shopping.please give us exception from this rule.thank you very much.

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  • Venugopal, Chennai,Riyadh

    Sun, Sep 2 2012

    This not good move by saudi airlines. This will disappoint the travellers. Earlier rule was good and travellers felt happy and this may affect the saudi airline business. Total 40Kg which consist of two pieces is comfortable.If this is the case guys will book in other airlines for their comfortability. In a year,60 % sale of LED/LCD TV is done and carried by India's/Pakistani/Srilankan/Bangaldesh. These may affect the sale of electronic good in saudi arabia.Kindly look into it and revert back the old baggage rules.

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  • Not a good plan, Faiyad Ahmad

    Sat, Sep 1 2012

    Dear Sir, This plan is not good for those people who are working here on work permit. Because they go to their country after 2 years and they take some goods for their family...and i could not less than 45 kg...so, you should give the relaxation as before 40kg.

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  • Xyron, Philippines

    Tue, Aug 21 2012

    How about laptop/netbook, Is it no longer free extra hand luggage?.

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  • rochelle, manila, philippines

    Tue, Aug 21 2012

    for economy class with alfursan card,the allowed extra baggage would it be possible if its on another bag? and how many kilo would it be? thank you And more power!

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  • Mohammed, Alkharj

    Sat, Aug 18 2012

    Really what a surprising decision on baggage. for economy class 32 kg 1 piece is allowed that is ok. i have fursan blue membership card i am i allowed take 10 kg extra on the basis of this card , please notifie me will be appreciated. my email id is hasan_oneandonly@yahoo.com

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