Customers to and from Europe on a leading American carrier will now be charged $25 (£13) for checking a second bag into the hold. Unlike United Airlines, which has confined new baggage charges to internal American flights, the new policy from US Airways affects transatlantic customers as well as those from Latin America and the Caribbean.
US Airways already imposed an $80 per extra bag charge on customers carrying more than two suitcases in the hold, but this charge has risen to $100, while the new fee has been introduced for second bags, leaving a single piece of hold baggage and a single carry-on as the only free options.
Airline president Scott Kirby told employees that the charges were comparable to non-inclusive telephone fees at hotels, explaining: "These business models reflect the reality that services cost money, and those who want and use them should pay for them."
However many have responded angrily to US Airways and United Airlines’ baggage hikes, claiming that a trend of removing all perks and air travel freebies is now well under way.
With around eight per cent of US Airways customers typically checking in more than a single bag, US Airways spokesman Morgan Durant claimed that the new charge could generate some $75 million in revenue and cost savings per year.