A Fokker 70 owned by KLM flies over Bristol, England, Aug. 2005 (Adrian Pingstone/Wikimedia) - Credit: A Fokker 70 owned by KLM flies over Bristol, England, Aug. 2005 (Adrian Pingstone/Wikimedia)
Thursday, 19 June 2014 - 11:44
New KLM baggage fees introduced
All KLM passengers flying within Europe will now have to start paying extra fees for bringing check-in baggage onto flights. Previously, Ivory Flying Blue members were exempted from this ruling, but from the 1st of October, they will also have to pay. Non-members of the Ivory membership started paying for check-in baggage when flying inside Europe last year already. Those with a membership were able to avoid this fee. Around 200,000 people signed up for the privilege in a short amount of time. Taking check-in luggage, the bags that do not stay in the cabin but stay down in the baggage hold, on a flight carries with it a €15 fee. Registering this baggage online is cheaper than doing so at Schiphol. Flying Blue members will still have some privilege, however. They will get a 50 percent discount, and will pay €7.50. Check-in baggage is still free on international flights outside Europe, KLM emphasizes. Business class passengers and frequent flyers with a Silver, Gold or Platinum Flying Blue membership can take extra bags for free.