11 April 2013

Posted by Discount Insurance on Thursday, April 11, 2013
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Airlines are improving when it comes to handling luggage, a new study has shown.

Travellers planning their getaways this year will breathe a sigh of relief as a new study shows that airlines are improving their baggage handling records.

Overall, the proportion of bags that were mishandled in some way decreased by 1.78 per cent last year, according to air transport communications specialist SITA, even as passenger numbers rose to nearly three billion and pressure built up on handling systems.

Across 2012, 8.83 bags were mishandled for every 1,000 passengers, down from 8.99 bags in the previous year.

Flight transfers have been identified as a danger area for bags being lost, stolen or damaged, with airlines taking extra steps to make sure that luggage is moved between aircraft as smoothly as possible.

Compared with 2011, the number of luggage items mishandled during flight transfers last year fell by nearly a tenth, reflecting concentrated efforts in this area on the part of airlines.

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