Cubans in Miami consider an abusive increase in the price of American’s second suitcase on trips to the island

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Cubans in Miami consider an abusive increase in the price of American's second suitcase on trips to the island

Cuban residents in Miami consider the price increase on the second suitcase announced by the American Airlines company, which tripled the cost after going from 65 to 200 dollars, and they believe that the airline should reconsider the measure.

“This sharp change like this at 200 dollars, I was stunned. I like American, because of the advantages it had, but that being the case, I wouldn’t travel, I would have to travel through charters, what are you going to carry in a 50 or 70 pound piece of luggage? You’re not wearing anything. There you have to take everything. One always falls short.”, indicated a Cuban in declarations to Univision.

“The 200 dollars they are charging for a suitcase now is an abuse. I think American is going to lose a lot of customers.”reiterated another traveler, who compared what charters charge.

“It’s a very short trip and we all know the situation in Cuba and they also need to give it support,” said a third interviewee.

“I think it is only American who is doing it. It is inconsiderate. These are bad times.”sentenced another outraged traveler.

From the airline they reply that they have capacity limitations because they are narrow planes that operate that route.

“American’s baggage fees for flights to Cuba are competitive, which allows us to provide a more consistent and reliable travel experience in a market where we have capacity limitations due to the narrow-body aircraft that operate this route,” says the official. statement signed by Laura Masvidal, in charge of International Communications of the Airline.

The measure announced last week came into force for tickets purchased after April 26, corresponding to trips from May 3, according to information on the airline’s website.

American Airlines also charges $200 for the third and fourth bags (each) on flights to South America, the Caribbean and Central America.

In the case of passengers traveling to Cuba, the airline warns that, without exception, each traveler will only be allowed two checked bags with a maximum weight of 32 kg each, plus one hand luggage and one personal item.

As Univisión explained, because the current average price of tickets to Cuba is $385 (round trip), with this new measure they could cost more than $700 dollars for the entire journey.

As explained Univisionsince the current average price of tickets to Cuba is $385 (round trip), with this new measure they could cost more than $700 dollars for the entire journey.

According to the American Airlines website, in the case of round trips originating outside of Cuba and going to the island, when leaving Cuba, the first and second standard-size bags are free.

Similarly, on one-way trips, originating in Cuba, the first and second standard-size suitcases are free. Meanwhile, he clarifies that on round trips originating in Cuba, when leaving the island, the first and second standard-size suitcases are free; and when returning to Cuba, the first standard size suitcase is free.

During April, American Airlines has operated with six daily flightsfrom the city of Miami to Havana.

Earlier this year the airline had eliminated the possibility of paying for a third suitcase on flights to the island, which generated unrest among the Cuban community in Miami.

The travelers then claimed that the measure was against the people and not against the regime, since many Cubans on the island survive with what their relatives bring them from the United States.

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