Friday, June 8, 2012

Proflight Zambia improves baggage allowances




Passengers on Proflight Zambia flights will now be able to take additional bags onboard aircraft thanks to the airline’s new baggage allowance policy that came into effect this month (June).

The company, which is Zambia’s only scheduled airline, has relaxed restrictions on the number of items that can be carried as hand baggage on all its flights, enabling unlimited pieces to be carried as long as they no not exceed 5kgs in total.

The hold baggage allowance on its Ndola and Livingstone routes has also been increased, from one to two pieces, not exceeding 23kgs in total, while the airline has also relaxed its one-bag rule on all other routes: Mfuwe, Chipata, Solwezi, Kasama, Lower Zambezi and Mansa, enabling each passenger to take two items not exceeding 15kgs in total.

“We have listened to the concerns, complaints and criticisms of the policy which was introduced in November 2011 and after much deliberation we think we have come up with a policy to better suit all our esteemed partners: agents, lodges, corporates, clients, employees, managers and more, while still maintaining the highest of safety standards,” explained Proflight Commercial Director Ms Keira Irwin.

Fliers with children can also take an additional baby bag weighing under 3kgs and a pram, push chair or car seat in lieu of their free baggage allowance.

Those with heavier loads can also transport an additional 20kgs of baggage for a flat fee of at US$25 when paid online per bag, or $30 payable at the airport, on a standby basis and subject to capacity.
Baggage weight restrictions are strictly enforced rule on all airlines to ensure that aircraft are not overloaded. Managing the overall weight of the aircraft is vital for safety and also improves fuel efficiency, helping to keep airfares down.

Aircraft weight is particularly sensitive on the smaller aircraft used by Proflight, which range from 29-seater Jetstream 41 models to five-seater Beech Baron airplanes.

More detailed information on Proflight’s new bag policy is available online at www.flyzambia.com.

About Proflight Zambia

Proflight Zambia was established in 1991 and is the country’s only domestic scheduled airline.
From its base in Lusaka it flies to Livingstone, Mfuwe, Lower Zambezi, Ndola, Solwezi, Chipata, Mansa and Kasama.

The airline prides itself in providing a safe, reliable, efficient and friendly service, and offering good value to business and leisure travellers locally and internationally.

The airline operates two 29-seater Jetstream 41 aircraft;  three 18-seater Jetstream 32’s; two 12-seater Caravan C208; nine-seater Britten Norman Islander; seven-seater Cessna C401/C402; and two five-seater Beech Baron.

More information is available at www.flyzambia.com.

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