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UK tourists flying to Turkey warned after ‘free perk’ is scrapped

UK tourists heading to Turkey have been warned after a key airline dropped a free perk. UK tourists jetting off to Turkey this spring and summer have been warned after another airline scrapped free hand luggage ahead of the holidays.

Corendon Airlines confirmed that passengers will have to pay €15 to take a larger suitcase onboard. The Turkish airline said travelers will no longer be able to take a suitcase into the cabin for free and passengers will have to pay €15 to take any bag “larger than a small accessory” onboard.




This works out to a 10kg bag measuring no more than 55x40x25cm. The website now states: “From May 8, 2024, every traveler aged two years and older can take one piece of hand luggage with a maximum of 40x30x20cm free of charge, provided it fits under the seat in front of you.”

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It explained: “Except for hand baggage the total weight of all your cargo and baggage to be carried in the cargo compartment varies according to the fare purchased and destinations you are traveling to. For reservations made through our website, the total weight of all your cargo and baggage to be carried in the cargo compartment varies according to the fare purchased.”

A spokesperson told the Telegraaf they were doing it because of “rising costs,” adding: “We want to motivate people to simply choose to take a large suitcase with them in the hold in such cases.” It comes after KM Malta, which operates flights between London and Malta, confirmed they would be ditching the free 10kg hand luggage allowance.

Finnair also said its basic air fare no longer includes a free suitcase in the cabin. Finnair’s Chief Commercial Officer Ole Orvér said at the time: “We are experiencing the familiar issues of excess baggage onboard our flights, impacting punctuality and travel comfort, and we are getting regular feedback on this from our customers and personnel.”

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