Shar­jah Air­port en­forces new bag­gage rules for easy han­dling

OVER­SIZED BAG­GAGE COUNTER TO HAN­DLE NON-COM­PLI­ANT BAGS

Gulf News - - Nation - Staff Re­port

Shar­jah Air­port Au­thor­ity (SAA) has be­gun im­ple­ment­ing new bag­gage rules at Shar­jah Air­port. As per the new bag­gage pol­icy, the air­port will not ac­cept bags that might dis­rupt the sys­tems.

Bags should have a max­i­mum size of 75cm height, 60cm width and 90cm length, with at least one level sur­face. Non-com­pli­ant bag­gage, such as two items wrapped to­gether, will not be ac­cepted at the ar­rival point, ei­ther di­rectly or through Shar­jah Avi­a­tion Ser­vices.

Bag­gage that ex­ceeds these spec­i­fi­ca­tions can be taken to the desk for over­sized bag­gage. It will be pro­cessed based on the airline’s weight al­lowance and on prior ar­range­ments with Shar­jah Avi­a­tion Ser­vices.

The new rules, which will in­clude lug­gage spec­i­fi­ca­tions, will boost op­er­a­tional per­for­mance, re­duce im­proper bag­gage han­dling and en­hance the air­port’s com­pet­i­tive­ness in the re­gion, SAA said.

SAA no­ti­fied the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of all air­lines op­er­at­ing at Shar­jah Air­port about the new pol­icy, and in­formed them that the air­port will not ac­cept any bag­gage that does not com­ply with its new pol­icy. SAA will post in­for­ma­tion about the new rules on its of­fi­cial web­site.

Card­board boxes

In con­junc­tion with the launch of its new iden­tity, Shar­jah Air­port aims to boost ser­vice ef­fi­ciency, in­clud­ing bag­gage trans­port ser­vices.

In or­der to pro­vide pas­sen­gers with a com­fort­able ex­pe­ri­ence, SAA said it has also taken the ini­tia­tive of pro­vid­ing a ser­vice that in­volves trans­fer­ring the con­tent of re­jected bag­gage into card­board boxes for a small fee.

Shar­jah Air­port is han­dling a grow­ing num­ber of bags, with a com­par­i­son be­tween the num­ber of bags han­dled in the first halves of 2017 and 2018 show­ing an in­crease of over five per cent.

Shar­jah Air­port uses ad­vanced sys­tems for lug­gage and bag­gage trans­fer. The SITA BagMan­ager ap­pli­ca­tion matches bags with de­part­ing pas­sen­gers and tracks the bags through the air­port in real time. SITA has been pro­vid­ing more than 200 air­ports and 500 air­lines world­wide with state-of-the-art air­port sys­tems and ap­pli­ca­tions for 25 years.

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