Following the international trend of airlines charging passengers to bring luggage with them, Air New Zealand and Pacific Blue have both announced plans to introduce baggage charges.
Low cost carrier Pacific Blue will be the first domestic airline in New Zealand to charge passengers to check in bags.
Pacific Blue says the new charge is to help cover the rising cost of fuel. Some items like prams, cots, car seats and sports equipment will be exempt from the new regime.
Air New Zealand says their new baggage policy rewards their loyal customers... Air NZ Gold, Gold Elite, and Koru Club members can also take a second piece of luggage for free.
The changes follow the introduction of the airline's 'Koru Hour' food and beverage services on peak hour flights, and the increased seat pitch in the front of its 737s for frequent flyers. New check-in and gate technology is also on the way.
(United Airlines has a similar 'Economy Plus' class, which offers passengers up to five extra inches of legroom. This increased seat pitch benefit is complimentary for its premium customers, although regular travellers can also book the seats for an additional fee).
Posted at 8:45 pm