26 Nov 2012

AirNZ passengers out of Samoa face higher fees for excess luggage

7:49 am on 26 November 2012

Travellers on Air New Zealand out of Samoa will begin paying higher fees for excess luggage tomorrow.

Passengers who pay for excess baggage at Faleolo Airport will be paying 109 US dollars per additional piece, instead of 65 US dollars.

For an additional second piece, the charge will be 174 dollars, and for an additional third piece, the cost will be 218 US dollars more.

The charges apply to flights out of Samoa to New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands.

Overweight charge for bags over 23kg but under 32kg and oversized items will now cost 109 US.

For flights departing Samoa to all other destinations, an additional piece will cost 152 US dollars, a second piece will cost an added 196 dollars and a third additional piece will cost an added 218 US dollars.

Air NZ spokeswoman Marie Hosking says the higher excess fees will encourage customers to plan ahead and pre-purchase their baggage.

She says the charges reflect the cost of carrying additional weight on the aircraft, and the baggage fees does not constitute a large proportion of the company's revenue stream.