Shar­jah air­port im­ple­ments new bag­gage rules

Khaleej Times - - NATION - Staff Re­porter re­[email protected]­j­times.com

shar­jah — New bag­gage rules have been im­ple­mented at the Shar­jah In­ter­na­tional Air­port, au­thor­i­ties an­nounced on Satur­day. The Shar­jah Air­port Au­thor­ity (SAA) has no­ti­fied all air­lines op­er­at­ing at the air­port that it will not re­ceive or han­dle any bag­gage that does not com­ply with its new pol­icy.

The air­port will not ac­cept bags that “might dis­rupt the sys­tems”, ac­cord­ing to the pol­icy. “Bags should be 75cm high, 60cm wide and 90cm long with at least one level sur­face. Non­com­pli­ant bag­gage, such as two items wrapped to­gether, will not be ac­cepted at the ar­rival point, ei­ther di­rectly or through the Loose rope or string (strong tape is rec­om­mended) Shar­jah Avi­a­tion Ser­vices (SAS),” the SAA said in a state­ment.

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

A new ser­vice will see air­port staff trans­fer­ring the con­tents of re­jected bag­gage into card­board boxes “for a small fee”.

The spec­i­fi­ca­tions are ex­pected to “boost op­er­a­tional per­for­mance, re­duce im­proper bag­gage han­dling and en­hance the air­port’s com­pet­i­tive­ness in the re­gion”.

BAGS MUST HAVE AT LEAST

Two items of bag­gage taped to­gether

Round and ir­reg­u­lar­shaped bag­gage

“The Shar­jah In­ter­na­tional Air­port aims to boost ser­vice ef­fi­ciency, in­clud­ing bag­gage trans­port, which is key to im­prov­ing its com­pet­i­tive­ness and of the air­lines that op­er­ate there. It will en­cour­age pas­sen­ger loy­alty, and en­hance Shar­jah’s role as an im­por­tant hub in the avi­a­tion in­dus­try,” the SAA added.

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