Airline to stick with one bag luggage ruleBut restrictions are eased at some airports

05 January 2008

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A leading no-frills airline is to continue with the 'one piece of hand luggage' rule for passengers even though restrictions are being eased at some UK airports next week.

EasyJet said the one-bag rule would remain in place to avoid confusion among passengers.

The Government announced last week that from next Monday, 19 UK airports will be allowing passengers to take more than one piece of carry-on luggage on flights.

But the one-bag-only rule will stay at a number of airports, including Gatwick, which is one of the UK airports run by BAA.

EasyJet

EasyJet operates from 14 UK airports, only seven of which have had the restrictions lifted.

The airline's chief executive Andy Harrison said: 'There is massive scope for customer confusion in an environment where UK airports are adopting different policies. The only way to maintain a simple and standard policy is to maintain our one-bag policy.

'Also some of the major BAA airports are using the relaxation of the one-bag rule as a pretext to further increase passenger charges.

'They increased charges when the restriction was introduced and now they want to increase charges again to remove it. We will continue to resist such attempts and call on the Civil Aviation Authority for its full support.'

Airports where the one-bag restriction has been lifted include Heathrow, Stansted, London City, Manchester, Cardiff, Birmingham and Aberdeen.

Airports where the rule stays in place include Gatwick, Luton, Leeds Bradford and Liverpool.

One-bag restriction

BAA said that at Gatwick, significant engineering works were under way which would allow the one-bag restriction to be lifted in the near future.

As part of a phased approach, from Monday, passengers connecting flights through Gatwick's South Terminal will be able to travel with more than one piece of hand luggage if their airline allows. This will also apply to passengers on connecting flights only via the North Terminal from February 11.

A spokesman for BAA said: 'We will be helping to advertise the changes in Government baggage restrictions at our airports, but it is important that passengers check with their airline before travelling as carriers have different policies governing the number of items of hand baggage which may be taken in to the aircraft cabin.

'To help passengers further, we will also be asking airlines to ensure that passengers clearly understand airline baggage policies at the check-in points, before they pass through security.'

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