Malaysia Airlines bans checked bags for 2 days, citing strong winds

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Malaysia Airlines barred passengers from checking in baggage on flights to Paris and Amsterdam on Tuesday and Wednesday due to "unseasonably strong headwinds" on a longer flight path it is taking.

See Full Article

The move has baffled passengers, who slammed the airline on social media.

The airline said it now operates a long route to Europe via Egyptian airspace for safety reasons. It didn't elaborate on the reason behind the new route, but a Malaysia Airlines jet flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down by a missile in eastern Ukraine in 2014, killing all 298 people on board.

Malaysia Airlines said the longer flight path consumes more fuel and this, combined with "temporary unseasonably strong headwinds, is limiting the airlines' ability to carry baggage in cargo."

It said on Facebook that economy-class passengers can only carry a cabin bag up to 7 kilograms (15.4 pounds) while those in business and first class are allowed two pieces totalling 14 kilograms (30.8 pounds). The flights use Boeing 777 aircraft.

The baggage limit does not affect flights from those cities heading to Malaysia. The airline said it will continue to assess the situation.

Many passengers left angry comments on the airline's Facebook page, slamming it for being the only airline to impose such a rule. Some of them said the airline should have sold lesser tickets, limited the number of passengers and rejected freight instead. Others asked for a refund of their tickets.

The airline said no compensation would be given but passengers could reschedule with no extra cost.

Losses of two flights in 2014 hit the finances of already struggling Malaysia Airlines. One flight heading to Beijing disappeared and is believed to have crashed in the Indian Ocean, months before another jet was shot down over Ukraine.

Last year, the airline appointed its first foreign CEO, Christoph Mueller, the former head of Ireland's Aer Lingus, to oversee a major restructuring. Mueller has said the airline can break even by 2018 after cutting 6,000 staff, selling surplus aircraft and refurbishing its international fleet.



Advertisements

Latest Economic News

  • Bombardier may lay off hundreds at its Quebec railway plant if no orders come in

    Economic CBC News
    The railway division of Bombardier Inc. says losing out on a large electric train contract in Montreal may force it to lay off workers this fall at its plant in La Pocatiere, Que., unless it wins some new contracts. Source
  • B.C. launches challenges of Alberta's ban on wine

    Economic CTV News
    VANCOUVER - The British Columbia government has launched a formal challenge against Alberta's ban on its wines. B.C. says it has notified Alberta that it is formally requesting consultations under the Canadian free trade agreement's dispute settlement process. Source
  • Bombardier may lay off hundreds at its Quebec railway plant

    Economic CTV News
    MONTREAL -- The railway division of Bombardier Inc. says losing out on a large electric train contract in Montreal may force it to lay off workers this fall at its plant in La Pocatiere, Que. Source
  • Feathers fly as chicken shortage shuts KFCs across Britain

    Economic CTV News
    LONDON - Fast-food chain KFC has been forced to close most of its 900 outlets in Britain and Ireland because of a shortage of chicken The company is blaming "teething problems" with its new delivery partner, DHL. Source
  • N.L. unveils 12-year plan for offshore oil, gas development

    Economic CTV News
    ST. JOHN'S, N.L. -- Cash-strapped Newfoundland and Labrador has announced a 12-year plan to speed and enhance development of its offshore oil and gas resources. The province will review regulations and advance tie-back technology to allow more extraction at existing sites with less cost. Source
  • N.L. unveils plan to double oil production by 2030

    Economic CBC News
    The Newfoundland and Labrador government launched a new plan on Monday for growing its oil and gas sector. Highlights of Advance 2030 include doubling offshore oil production by 2030 through reducing development time for projects. Targets for the plan include drilling more than 100 new exploration wells, and tapping into multiple basins to produce more than 650,000 barrels of oil per day from new and existing projects, as well as commercial natural gas production. Source
  • Your auto insurance will be cheaper if you sign up in this month: LowestRates.ca

    Economic CTV News
    Your auto insurance rate is cheaper if you sign up when the weather is warm. That’s the key takeaway from a two-year price analysis by LowestRates.ca. The financial product comparison website found that rates quoted in Ontario were at their lowest between July and October, dipping by as much as six per cent in August 2017 from the annual average. Source
  • Canadian lumber producers buoyant about 2018 with high hopes for duties

    Economic CTV News
    MONTREAL - Softwood lumber duties aren't dampening the spirits of Canadian lumber producers as strong demand from rising U.S. housing starts and tight supply is expected to keep prices high throughout 2018. The number of U.S. Source
  • Markets rise as investors' jitters ease

    Economic CTV News
    SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of - Asian markets were higher on Monday following Wall Street gains last week, as investors' jitters showed signs of easing. Many major markets were closed on holidays. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 jumped 2 per cent to 22,149.21. Source
  • European shares drift lower as traders take a breather

    Economic CTV News
    LONDON -- European shares drifted lower Monday as investors paused for breath following a sizeable rally last week. Despite the move lower, there are few signs of the turmoil that gripped stock markets earlier this month. Source