IATA brings transparency to baggage rules - New simplifying the Business Project
Thursday 10, June 2010
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced Automated Carrier Baggage Rules (ACBR), the latest project in IATA’s Simplifying the Business program.
ACBR will provide a central database for interline baggage rules, enabling airlines, travel agents, and passengers to know what baggage rules will apply for any given itinerary.
“Baggage rules are becoming increasingly complex and confusing. We must improve transparency so that travelers know what to expect,” said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s Director General and CEO.
“Airlines have a variety of different rules and fees depending on the number of bags checked, class of travel, frequent flyer status and routings. ACBR will put all of that information in one place so passengers can have a complete understanding of baggage fees before they buy their tickets—even for complicated journeys.”
Airlines will benefit from easier, faster and more accurate handling of baggage charges at check-in. This will reduce costly and time-consuming disputes between carriers over whose baggage allowances and charges apply for any given journey.
IATA is partnering with the Airline Tariff Publishing Company (ATPCO), who will host the central database. IATA will populate the database by mobilizing airlines to submit their baggage rules to ATPCO by September 2010 for implementation in early 2011.
Travel agents and airlines that link to the new database through existing reservations and ticketing systems will enable passengers to receive baggage fee and allowance information at the time of booking.
Simplifying the Business is reducing costs for the industry and improving service for passengers. Simplifying the Business has delivered annual cost savings of $4 billion with e-ticketing and common-use self-service kiosks. Bar Coded Boarding Passes, Baggage Improvement Program, Fast Travel, IATA e-freight and IATA e-services will deliver a further $12.8 billion in cost savings.
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