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Discussion in 'New to Scuba Diving' started by BigJohn, Aug 7, 2008.

  1. BigJohn

    BigJohn New Member

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    found this when browsing the net - though it might be handy - complied by another forum over a couple of months they seem to have every airline i can think of

    1. British Airways 23kg + 23kg dive gear (in seperate bags) FREE. http://www.britishairways.com/travel...t/public/en_gb
    2. Astraeus 20kg + 5kg dive gear FREE (Egypt only. All destinations: 10kg dive gear for £20, 25kg dive gear for £50). http://www.flyastraeus.com/beforeyoufly/index.asp?id=42
    3. Emirates 20kg + 10kg dive gear FREE. http://www.emirates.com/uk/Traveller...Qs/Baggage.asp
    4. Malaysia 20kg + 10kg dive gear FREE (may need a bribe here and there) According to website hates divers! http://hq.malaysiaairlines.com/mh/en...nformation.asp
    5. XL 20Kg + 10Kg diver gear FREE. http://www.xl.com/Customer_Info/Baggage_Short.asp
    6. Singapore Airlines 20kg (economy) + 10kg diver FREE Not mentioned on website! http://www.singaporeair.com/saa/en_U..._allowance.jsp
    7. Cyprus Airways 20 kg plus extra 20kg free. http://www.cyprusairways.com/main/default.aspx?tabid=72
    8. Virgin. Standard weight allowance: 20kg Diving equipment: additional bag for scuba equipment, free up to 6kg. This is not mentioned on the website and it is suggested they actually hate divers...! http://www.virgin-atlantic.com/en/gb/passengerinformation/baggage/sportsequipment.jsp
    9. Etihad Airways 30kg (standard for everyone) Depends on class: Diamond (first class) 40kg, Pearl (business) 30kg, Coral (economy) 20kg. No extra allowances on the website. http://www.etihadairways.com/etihada...nformation.htm
    10. Air Lanka 30kg for divers (may ask for c-card at check in) Useless website! http://www.srilankan.aero/travelplan..._luggage.shtml
    11. First Choice 20kg + 10kg dive gear FREE (need to show c-card at check-in) No bag to weigh more than 23kg. Must pre-book on 0870 757 2757 at least 4 days prior to departure. http://www.firstchoice.co.uk/info/tr...ngbaggage.html
    12. Monarch (scheduled flights only - for charters see 'Tolerates Divers') 20kg + 13kg dive gear for £15 per sector if you pay when booking online. £20 per sector if you pay at check-in. (need to show c-card at check-in). http://www.flymonarch.com/cnt/travelinfo/baggage.asp
    13. Thomas Cook Airlines/FlyThomasCook. Standard baggage allowance 15kg, maybe upgraded to 20kg at time of booking for a small fee. Extra 10kg may be booked via Customer Services 08702430416 http://www.thomascookairlines.co.uk/..._equipment.htm & http://flythomascook.custhelp.com/cg...&p_topview= 1
    14. Kenya Airways 20kg + 10kg dive gear free if informed in advance. Not mentioned on website. http://www.kenya-airways.com/kq2/kqd...o.aspx?colm=62
    15. Precision Air 20kg + 10kg dive gear free if informed in advance. Not mentioned on website. http://www.precisionairtz.com/flightschedule.asp
    16. Air Malta 20kg + 15kg dive gear FREE, need to inform them in advance. http://www.airmalta.com/sports-baggage
    17. Daallo (to Djibouti) 30kg tho no details on useless website! http://www.daallo.com/baggage.htm
    18. Qatar Airlines 20kg + 10kg dive gear free (need to ring up their head office and request extra allowance) This is not mentioned on the website. http://www.qatarairways.com/ecomm_faq.html?linkdes_7
    19. Royal Brunei 23kg + 23kg dive gear free (need to chat up the girl/guy in the London office, but it worked and have email from them) not shown on website http://www.bruneiair.com/travel info/general_info.asp
    20. American Airlines 2x23kg bags as standard on flights to the USA. https://www.aa.com/content/travelInf...llowance.jhtml
    21. Korean Air Normal baggage 20kg + 15kg extra + 12kg hand luggage = 47 kg

    Tolerates Divers
    1. British Jet 20kg + 8kg dive gear FREE + 5kgs hand luggage. (33 kgs total). Useless website! https://secure.britishjet.com/home.aspx
    2. KLM 20kg/25kg + 20kg dive gear for 20/30 Euros (depends on destination) All the information is on the website, but it's not easy to understand!! http://www.klm.com/travel/gb_en/trav...ge/index.htm#2
    3. Ryanair Max free allowance for divers: 15kg However, 10kg can be carried as hand luggage. Standard weight allowance: 15kg (bag check-in charge £3.50 per item per flight if booked online). Diving equipment: sports equipment charge is £15.50 per item, per one way flight if booked and paid online. The maximum weight is 32kg for sports kit. http://www.ryanair.com/site/EN/condi...p?pos=MYFLIGHT
    4. ThomsonFly 25kg hold & hand baggage combined, hand baggage must not exceed 10kg. Dive gear not mentioned specifically on website, but 'Sports Equipment' allowance may be purchased in advance for £15 each way. http://www.thomsonfly.com/en/flywithus_2753.html
    5. Eurocypria 20kg + 10kg dive gear for CP20. According to website, no extra allowance! http://www.eurocypria.com/main/defau...131&itemid=503
    6. Air France 20kg + 20kg dive gear for a fee (between €10 - €40 each way depending on destination) http://www.airfrance.co.uk/GB/en/loc...cekedgfndgfl.0
    7. Monarch/Avro charter flights 20kg including hand luggage! But you can get an extra allowance of 13kg dive gear for £15 per sector if you pay when booking online. £20 per sector if you pay at check-in. (need to show c-card at check-in). http://www.flymonarch.com/cnt/travelinfo/baggage.asp make sure you click on the link for Charter Flight Info (yellow button).

    Hates Divers
    1. Cathy Pacific 20kg no extra. http://www.cathaypacific.com/cpa/en_...ageinformation
    2. Thai Airways economy. 20kg max. No dive kit allowance. 7kg hand baggage.
    3. BMI. 20kg no extra for scuba equipment tho other sports equipment does get an extra allowance. http://www.flybmi.com/bmi/en-gb/trav...ageadvice.aspx
    4. Easyjet Max Standard weight allowance: 20kg (subject to a per bag check-in charge). No longer offers extra dive gear allowance!!! http://www.easyjet.com/EN/Planning/baggage.html
    5. South African Airways. 20kg. No extra allowance. Beware! Excess baggage charged at 1.5% normal adult economy fare per kg. You have been warned... http://ww3.flysaa.com/travel_support...equipment.html
    6. Japan Airlines. 20kg. No extra allowance. Beware! Excess baggage charged at 1.5% normal adult economy fare per kg. You have been warned... http://www.jal.co.jp/en/inter/service/bag/

    Can't decide!
    Maldivian Air Taxi 20kg including hand luggage (yes they weigh the lot) no diving allowance & $4.50/kg excess. Useless website! http://www.mataxi.com/
    Maldivian Air Taxi: "Used them 3 times (6 flights in all), always well well over 20kg (usually well over 30kg), never been charged a $ extra."

    Air 2000, 20kg +10kg dive gear free - on outward journey, charges 50 euros on return - then refunds said euros after a heated email exchange. Air2000 is now First Choice, see #11 above.

    Air Malta, customer services duty officer- 20kg +15kg dive gear free http://www.airmalta.com/sports-baggage
    Air Malta, tele sales cordinator - no allowance available.

    BA/ Quantas- when flying westwards, 23kg + 23kg dive gear (in seperate bags) FREE
    BA / Quantas when flying eastwards, 20 kg, no allowance

    Bangkok Airlines 20Kg + 5kg cabin, no additional allowance. "BUT on both occasions they ignored the excess weight (21kg in total for the pair of us) so we were able to fly without paying any excess baggage fees."

    General Advice
    There are hand baggage restrictions on flights from the UK. See the DfT for the latest details: http://www.dft.gov.uk/transportforyo...irportsecurity
    Airlines have a habit of changing the rules at the drop of a hat. ALWAYS check the latest situation via phone or website. ALWAYS take a printed copy of the website with you, cos the check-in staff WILL deny all knowledge of the extra allowance. If you have to pre-book the allowance by phone, ALWAYS ask for confirmation in writing, and get a contact name & telephone number in case of problems. ALWAYS have your C-cards to hand at check-in. Some tour operators will have negotiated a special deal for divers with the airline, so you should check with them. As usual, ALWAYS get details in writing. Be aware that connecting flights may be with different operators, and that different rules may apply.
     
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  2. Phil O

    Phil O Member

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    RE: ok very bored part 2

    Xl have revised their baggage allowances to 15Kg plus 10Kg Divers allowance

    You can also buy extra if you need more.
     
  3. miniman

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    RE: ok very bored part 2

    I thought emerates had now stopped the free 10KG. Might need looking at. Cheers for the list though John
     
  4. countshagula

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    RE: ok very bored part 2

    Monarch small print: Possible free dive gear allowance

    Naturally on phoning them you it turns out to be a whopping 5 kilos - but you never know......


    ** On certain Monarch Charter Flights (MON flight number prefix) to Egypt and the Maldives only, a free dive equipment allowance may be applicable. This is upon production of a valid Dive Licence/Certificate (PADI or BSAC), passengers carrying dive equipment such as scuba tanks, weight belts, respirators, and buoyancy control jackets are to be allowed an additional 5kgs baggage allowance free of charge. Any passengers who cannot produce a valid dive certificate should pay for dive equipment at the standard per sector rates, as set out above. The free dive equipment allowance may not be combined with the per sector charge. Any equipment carried over and above the per sector weight of 13kgs per passenger/per dive bag will be charged for at our standard published per kg excess rates. If tanks are carried please ensure that these are emptied and the cylinder valve is loose.
     
  5. Woodster

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    RE: ok very bored part 2

    Ryan Air....."Sports Equipment" is £30 each way now, I booked it the other day as there was no mention about scuba gear, so didn't want to take the chance also normal luggage is £20 for 15KG and their rigid on this add an extra bag to the first and its £60 for the second one.....daylight robbery that is! 10Kg hand luggage is free but watch the dimensions, they have them listed on their website!
     
  6. Argonaut

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    RE: ok very bored part 2

    Thomas Cook update (neither of links in top ooist now work)

    Their Web site now states -
    For all flight only bookings, booked from the 4th March 2009, no free allowance will be provided for checked in baggage (check-in baggage). Passengers will still receive 5kg of hand baggage free on all flights. Any passengers wishing to check-in baggage, up to 20kg, can do so for a small fee as shown in the table below

    Extra allowance does exist for Golfers, Canoeists, Hanggliders, Paracenders etc. ... for a modest round trip price (£20 to £40) irrespective of weight.
    For a fixed 10Kg extra Divers have to pay £30 for round trip.
    So Thomas Cook seems less friendly to divers now.
     
  7. bigbreathernemo

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    RE: ok very bored part 2

    Coming back from Egypt, Hurghada airport on 18/09/09 at the check-in desk. On seeing a queue of approx. 15 divers with their luggage, an extra supervisor appeared with his surcharge duplicate book. The flight was with Thomson airlines, allowance 20kg plus 5kg for divers card. Hand luggage 5kg. He requested that you put your hand luggage on top of your other dive bag and took the total weight, billing you for the excess over 30kg. Caught out the first two divers before a couple of us hastily arranged our hand luggage bag and what we carried on our person:D
     
  8. countshagula

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    RE: ok very bored part 2

    Qatar Airways no longer provide any additional allowance for dive gear and treat anything over the allotted weight as Excess.
     
  9. DaveS

    DaveS Play nice. Enjoy UKD

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    RE: ok very bored part 2

    Recently flew to Egypt with Thomson (after Kiss went tits up on us) and we had to buy 20kg hold allowance as no hold luggage allowance was provided within the flight price!

    Similarly you had to pay extra for an in flight meal. We had 19.3 & 19.7kg outbound and 19.3 & 21.3kg inbound and no one batted an eyelid. Hand luggage was never weighed.
     
  10. Badknees

    Badknees Meg Pilot (retired) and Forum KGB

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    RE: ok very bored part 2

    I'm going clean up this thread and make it a sticky.

    So if your post gets removed it's only because it's not relevant to this very useful thread.

    If you could post only if you have any amendments and or additions to the original OP that would be helpfull.

    Cheers

    BK
     
  11. davethedemon

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    On Watchdog right now

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-11251927

    DD
     
  12. countshagula

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    cheeky f***ers !!
     
  13. billm

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    Hi All,

    I've just booked with Air Malta for October, they no longer do free sports gear. It's 20 Euro each way if you prebook it http://airmalta.com/page_x.aspx?l=1&p=1672

    I'm also booked with BA to Turkey next year for my wedding (when BFitWWW becomes BWitWWW - hopefully!). We're flying Euro club or something and it is the most generous allowance I've known - two bags each up to 32kg a piece http://www.britishairways.com/travel/bagchk/public/en_gb?topic=freebags but no free sports gear allowance.

    Hth
    Bill
     
  14. shortcuts

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    RE: ok very bored part 2

    I flew to Marsa in April and am going again next week with Thomson and the allowances are the same now as then.

    Copied from the booking confirmation letter:
    "The baggage allowance for your Thomson flight is 25kg for the hold and 5kg hand. Your flight coupons only show 20kg for the hold and the additional 5kg is provided by the airline on production of your Scuba Diving Cert cards. Please be aware though that no bag now can be over 23kg so you will have to split your bags."
     
  15. Steppenwolf

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    Some airlines, notably Emirates, allow 30Kg checked luggage for economy passengers even though they have no special 'Sports equipment' allowance. That is usually enough for my Dive kit and personal luggage. We are going to Philippines in January with Emirates.

    With some other airlines eg KLM or the Malaysian airline, you can negotiate at the time of booking the ticket and "register" your dive kit. This allows either additional free allowance or a fixed fee of (usually) under £50 pp for the whole trip.
     
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    Easyjet allows extra dive luggage, increasing the total weight (1 piece normal luggage + 1 piece dive luggage) to 32kg. Hand luggage is unlimited though as long as it fits!

    Forgot how much it costs though...
     
  17. Steppenwolf

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    I just found out that Malaysia Airways allow 10Kg of free baggage to bone fide card-carrying divers over and above their 20Kg limit - it is mentioned in a rather obscure corner of their webite. That, combined with their competitive rates and the existence of an Airside Transit Hotel at KL airport makes this a very useful mode of travel for Far Eastern & Oceanic destinations. For example, for the Phuket trip this November, I am flying from Heathrow to KL, spending overnight in the Transit Hotel and after good night sleep and feeling refreshed, catching the next morning's flight to Phuket. Going via Bangkok is inconvenient because the Thai airline allows only 23Kg and has no overnight transit facilities while Singapore Airlines do not allow more than 20Kg for economy passengers. In fact I have rung their offices and they were adamant that 20kg is the free limit. Pity, because they have a superb airport and transit hotel.
     
  18. puddle fish

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    SriLankan airways are allowing 30 kgs of luggage for our trip to the Maldives.
     
  19. zulu

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    I thought I would ask: has anyone ever had issues with regs or wing/backplate in a carry on bag? (ie going through security) I will of course put the knife in the bag that will be checked in, and I won't be travelling with the canister light.

    Travelling BA.
     
  20. MK_Stu

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    I carry regs, BP, primary light and back-ups as hamd luggage on Air Malta, Easyjet, BA and Virgin, never had a problem. Been pulled at security a couple of times but after I explained what they were and (at LHW) demonstrated the use of a primary light and recommended a local BSAC club they were fine.

    On one trip one of the other guys (HP) had a similar kit in a wheelie bag and got pulled and that gate, they weighed it and made him check it in but didn't charge any extra (Air Malta)
     

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