Flying bikes

Discussion in 'The Bike Cafe' started by ::dom::, Oct 3, 2004.

  1. ::dom::

    ::dom:: New Member

    Feb 28, 2004
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    Stitting at the Café, slugging back short blacks, after a Saturday morning ride the topic of bikes on planes came up.

    Some airlines seem to have a good policy when it comes to bikes, others see them as just excess baggage and a few don't seem to have any policy at all (don't know if or what to charge, whether they count as check-in baggage or treated as excess).

    What are your experiences and which arlines are the most bike fiendly?

  2. ItsikH

    ItsikH New Member

    Sep 24, 2004
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    The only company I have had experience with was El-Al, and here are the results:
    1. Charge: No charge at all for the bicycle, and they even ignored my 5kg overweight, which usually costs somthing like 18$ per kg. I have heard that it is now a standard policy for bicycle union members to allow the extra weight, but they never bothered to ask me if I was a member.
    2. The down side: I hae had some minor damages. Nothing serious, but annoying. It could have been the airport porters, though.

    I have also heard that Swissair charge a lot for bicycles, but most companies don't.