Gulf Air includes scuba diving gear as free baggage allowance

MANAMA: Gulf Air, the national carrier of Bahrain, has added scuba diving equipment to its growing list of special free baggage allowance.

It announced that up to 15kg of scuba diving equipment will be permitted complimentary over and above the standard allowance for all passengers.

Coinciding with Bahrain’s Sports Day yesterday, the new policy has been introduced in response to an increasing demand from scuba divers who fly to various beach destinations within the global Gulf Air network.

The airline operates direct flights to a number of seaside destinations such as the Maldives, Sharm El Sheikh, Alexandria, Muscat, Casablanca, Athens, Larnaca – all from its Bahrain hub which is also known for its scuba diving facilities including the recently launched ‘Dive Bahrain’ which is the largest underwater theme park.

The new policy will enable divers to carry up to 15 kg of scuba diving equipment on top of their tickets’ baggage allowance.

Last year, Gulf Air increased the baggage allowance for athletes allowing them to travel with their golf bags or bicycles free of charge to promote a healthy lifestyle amongst its passengers.

Moreover, the airline enhanced baggage allowance for all college and university students with an additional free of charge 23kg bag applicable to all undergraduate and postgraduate students holding a valid college or university student ID card and flying between any points within the airline’s global network.

Back in 2018, Gulf Air launched a new and simplified baggage policy providing more choice and clarity to its passengers. The old weight concept was replaced by a harmonised piece concept worldwide, which provided greater benefits to passengers and Falconflyer loyalty programme members.

Currently, passengers are entitled to check-in up to two bags free of charge, depending on their fare type, route and up to three bags depending on their Gulf Air Falconflyer status.

On many routes, the new concept means increased baggage allowances for customers and an instant reduction in excess baggage rates. Customers can benefit from further reductions if they purchase directly with Gulf Air up to 24 hours before travel.



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