Passengers with luggage that needs “manual handling” will have to pay an extra fee that would be as high as Dhs45 per piece of baggage at Dubai Airport. The new charges will apply to baggage that does not have standard size and weight.
Dnata the ground-handling service provider for airlines operating at Dubai International Airport has updated its standard ground handling terms and conditions with carriers to cover the additional manual handling services for “out of gauge” baggage. A policy that is now going to be strictly applied at Dubai International Airport.
Aviation sources said that out of gauge (OOG) baggage are too large, too light, too heavy, too fragile, or not having a flat surface. These include TVs, flat panel displays and baggage that can damage or slow down the baggage system.
The minimum dimensions are 30cm x 30cm x 7.5cm and a weight of less than 2kg. Items cannot exceed 75cm on any side or have a sum of linear dimensions (length, breadth and height) exceeding 158cm under the maximum dimensions.
For further details passengers should check their carrier’s website. The fee will be charged from passengers of various airlines when the carriers’ contracts come up for renewal.