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BA to charge £240 for extra bag

British Airways is planning to add up to £240 (€364) to the cost of a return long-haul flight if passengers want to check in an extra bag.

Travellers on shorter international trips will face a bill of £120 (€182) and those on domestic journeys, £60, with prices reduced by paying online. Analysts said the tactic was a way of the airline covering the costs of carrying extra baggage. But some said it may damage BA's image as a full-service carrier. Budget airlines such as Ryanair already charge passengers for carrying any check-in luggage at all. The fees, which come in from Tuesday, will apply even if the combined weight of the two bags is below the 32kg allowance. Customers will be able to carry one piece of sporting equipment free of charge. In a statement on its website, BA said the new system aimed for a „single allowance system based on the number of bags that can be checked in”. „Our vision for London Heathrow Terminal 5 is to create the best possible airport experience before you fly,” it said. „With this in mind we have announced a new simpler checked and excess baggage policy.” Passengers will get a discount by pay in advance via the internet. The extra charge will be £168, £84 and £42 for return long-haul, short-haul and domestic flights when booked on line, up until 30 September. BA said that flights to America, Canada, the Caribbean, Nigeria, Brazil and Mexico would be exempt from the new charges to bring policy „in line with the local government regulations”. (BBC NEWS)