ALOHA AIRLINES CUTS PAGO PAGO BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE

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By Fili Sagapolutele

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa, (Samoa News, Dec. 30) - Aloha Airlines has revised its free baggage allowance rules for its international flights between Honolulu and Pago Pago, Rarotonga, Cook Islands and Marshall Islands.

"The revised tariff is effective December 29, 2003," Aloha spokesman Stu Glauberman told Samoa News via e-mail from Honolulu yesterday.

When Aloha first launched Pago Pago flights on Dec. 16, the airline said that each ticketed passenger could check in up to two pieces of baggage free of charge, up to a maximum weight of 70 pounds per bag.

An excess baggage fee was charged if a passenger checked in more than two pieces of baggage, or if one or more of the bags exceeded weight or size restrictions.

However, the airline said yesterday that the new baggage rules on its international flights still allow passengers to check in the two bags, but now the combined maximum weight of both bags is restricted to 70 pounds. Additionally, each bag shall not exceed 62 linear inches.

When a passenger has more than two checked bags, there will be an excess baggage charge of $25 per bag. Excess baggage will be accepted for transportation on a standby basis and must not exceed a maximum weight of 35 pounds each.

Aloha said it will not accept any bag weighing more than 70 pounds. Oversize baggage with a maximum linear dimension of 80 inches will be accepted with a $25 charge.

The Honolulu-based carrier also reminds travelers that each passenger is allowed one carry-on bag in the passenger cabin and the bag cannot exceed 20 pounds and must be able to fit under the passenger seat.

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) fully enforces the one carry-on bag policy at the passenger screening point. TSA will also enforce Aloha's new checked-in baggage allowance and carry-on bag policies.

"We reassessed our operational requirements and saw that we need to put limits on the amount of free baggage allowed on our international flights," said Glauberman for the reasons behind the revised tariff.

Aloha Airlines, which reported two weeks ago, $10.9 million in third quarter earnings, currently operates two weekly flights between Honolulu and Pago Pago.

The carrier also operates two weekly flights between the Territory and Rarotonga.

January 1, 2004

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