Era Aviation reduces free baggage allowance

Posted: Sunday, August 03, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) Era Aviation is joining other airlines in reducing the weight of baggage that can be brought free on flights.

Starting Oct. 1, passengers will be limited to two pieces weighing up to 50 pounds apiece.

Passengers who carry bags weighing 50 to 70 pounds will be charged a $25 excess baggage fee. Bags weighing 70 to 100 pounds will cost $50. Baggage that weighs more than 100 pounds must be shipped as cargo.

''Back injuries from lifting heavy items account for the majority of injuries suffered by our employees,'' said Paul Landis, senior vice president.

Alaska Airlines announced similar restrictions last week.

Era is an Alaska Airlines code share carrier that serves Cordova, Homer, Kenai, Kodiak and Valdez from Anchorage, plus 17 villages in western Alaska from Bethel.

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