First Air follows Canadian North in lowering baggage allowance
New policy does not apply to beneficiaries, who are still permitted two 70-pound bags
First Air has announced new baggage restrictions that will lower the maximum checked baggage weight for some of its customers.
Just a month after Canadian North dropped its maximum baggage weight from 70 pounds to 50 pounds, First Air followed suit June 24, quietly announcing restrictions that will apply to travel starting Aug. 1.
But the new restrictions won’t affect Inuit beneficiaries in both Nunavut and Nunavik, who can continue to fly with two 70-pound pieces of luggage, the airline said.
For non-beneficiaries, a Saver fare or Aeroplan seat will now include one 50-pound bag; a second bag will cost customers $25 to $28.75.
Customers who pay Flex or Super-Flex fares are permitted two checked 50-pound bags.
The new policy applies to bookings made on or after July 15.
Although First Air and Canadian North operate a codeshare agreement, customers follow the baggage policy of the specific airline operating the flight they are on.
In the case of connecting flights on different airlines, it’s the first flight on a customer’s ticket that dictates which baggage policy applies.