Kenya Airways makes it expensive to travel within Africa

Kenya Airways new baggage allowance policy makes it more expensive for Intra-Africa travels as it limits it to one bag. The policy, while entitling passengers to 20 per cent discount on any extra bag purchased up to 24 hours to departure, scraps the previous one that allowed users flying in Economy Class from one African country to another two bags of a maximum weight of 23 kilogrammes.

In a statement, the company noted “the intra-Africa one free bag allowance will not apply to passengers travelling to and from other continents.” Business class passengers will maintain their allowance at two free bags at 32 Kilograms maximum weight per bag.

The purchasing offer is from the time the guest books the ticket up until 24 hours to departure. Essentially, if you forget or fail to inform them of the extra luggage in less than 24 hours, normal extra luggage costs apply.

On the continent, the airline has segmented travels into Intra-Africa 1 and 5th Sector Freedom and Intra-Africa 2. The 5th freedom sectors are all flights KQ operate without touching the hub, Nairobi. They include Ethiopia, Djibouti, Seychelles, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe among others. Intra Africa 2 include Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo, DRC Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Rest of Africa.

The new changes in US$ are below.

Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and CEO Mr. Sebastian Mikosz said “the new baggage policy is part of Kenya Airways strategy to provide simplified and discounted competitive prices for passengers who book their extra baggage, any time before 24 hours to departure whilst enhancing customer service for our guests”

The new baggage policy took effect on May 15th 2018.


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