Doha Airport sets bag weight limit

Doha International Airport is to introduce a 32kg per item weight limit for checked bags from June 1st.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  May 12, 2005

Doha International Airport is to introduce a 32kg per item weight limit for checked bags from June 1st. The new single bag weight limit directive, which applies to all carriers, has been introduced to help cut the number of groundhandling staff injuries, as well as damage to airport facilities. The new rule follows global trends, with a number of countries worldwide — including the UK, South Africa, Russia and many US airports — having introduced similar limits. Heavy bags are a major cause of injuries at airports. For instance, statistics from Britain’s Health & Safety Commission (HSC) and its Health & Safety Executive (HSE) show that manual handling injuries account for 40% of all airport injuries. “Setting an internationally recognised limit will greatly reduce injuries and significantly improve the safety of baggage handlers when they are loading and unloading,” says Qatar Airways’ CEO, Akbar Al Baker. “Many member airlines of IATA and airports around the world are already complying with the new directive. As an airline that strives to make our passengers’ travel as safe and comfortable as possible, it is important to take into account that Qatar Airways passengers will connect onward with other airlines and as such need to fully comply with the regulations.” The new policy relates only to single items and does not affect the overall baggage allowance shown on Qatar Airways tickets. The dimensions of each checked baggage, however, must not exceed 160 inches (length + height + width). The airline says that the new regulations will not affect the majority of passengers, but those affected will either be required to re-pack their baggage or check them through to the final destination as cargo.

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