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05 April 2013 09:59
An airline revealed its heavier passengers will have to pay more to fly following weight-based pricing
An airline has revealed that it will be selling tickets based on the weight of passengers in future. Samoa Air plans to merge the weight of passengers with the heaviness of their bags, charging between 62p and 70p per kilogram.
The weight-based pricing scheme is not new to the tiny airline, which launched in June and has been using the model since November. However, in January the US Department of Transportation approved its international route between American Samoa and Samoa, meaning the system can now be adopted on a non-domestic route for the first time.
medical travel insurance, holidaymakers need to budget carefully for the costs of flights. The airline's chief executive, Chris Langton, said: "Planes are run by weight and not by seat, and travellers should be educated on this important issue. The plane can only carry a certain amount of weight and that weight needs to be paid. There is no other way."
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