Dubai carrier extends free extra baggage offer

Emirates airline passengers will have up to 20 kilos of reasons to celebrate the holiday season. (AFP)
Updated 09 October 2018
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Dubai carrier extends free extra baggage offer

DUBAI: Emirates airline passengers will have up to 20 kilos of reasons to celebrate the holiday season, with the carrier extending its additional free baggage allowance promo for travelers bound for at least 40 destinations from Dubai.

Emirates passengers traveling to selected routes in Pakistan (Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar and Karachi) can bring with them 10 kilograms of additional checked baggage – for a total 40-kilogram baggage allowance – until November 30; while those bound for China (Guangzhou, Beijing and Shanghai) are assured of up to 15 kilograms of extra checked baggage until December 13.

Passengers for the African routes (Abidjan, Accra, Addis Ababa, Algiers, Cairo, Casablanca, Dar Es Salam, Nairobi, Dakar, Entebbe, Harare, Luanda, Lagos, Lusaka and Tunis) can have 15 kilograms of extra baggage with during their travel until December 13. For outbound flights to India (Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Kochi, Hyderabad and Chennai) until October 31, passengers can check in up to 10 kilograms of extra belongings with them.

Meanwhile, passengers for the Manila route can take advantage of the maximum 15-kilogram additional baggage at no extra cost until December 4, while those in the circular Cebu-Clark route are entitled to 10 kilograms of additional baggage for free also until December 4. Emirates’ offer is applicable for both outbound and inbound travel to the Southeast Asian country.

Emirates flyers in other routes such as Khartoum, Dhaka and Jakarta are entitled to up to 10 kilograms of free additional baggage, until December 13, for a total 40 kilograms of luggage.


Lebanon’s Hariri calls for cabinet solidarity in budget debate

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Lebanon’s Hariri calls for cabinet solidarity in budget debate

  • The PM said cabinet ministers need to be united and responsible
  • Lebanon’s debt is almost 150% of its GDP

BEIRUT, June 18 : Lebanon Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri on Tuesday called for parliament to quickly approve the country’s 2019 budget and urged his coalition government to avoid internal disputes.
The cabinet this month agreed a budget plan that shrinks the projected fiscal deficit by 4 percentage points from last year to 7.6% by cutting spending and raising taxes and other fees.
“What I want during the debate is for us to be responsible and united, and not contradictory,” Hariri said in a statement, addressing cabinet ministers as to their comportment during the parliament debate.
Parliament’s finance committee is debating the draft budget and has suggested amendments, local newspapers reported. It will then put the budget to the full assembly to ratify it.
Parliament is mostly composed of parties that are also present in the coalition government and which supported the budget there.
Since the budget was agreed there have been fierce arguments between parties in the coalition over several subjects, though these have not targeted the budget.
Lebanon has one of the world’s heaviest debt burdens, equivalent to about 150% of GDP, and the International Monetary Fund has urged it to cut spending.
“We have held 19 cabinet meetings to agree on this draft budget and these sessions were not for fun, but for deep, detailed debate over every clause and every idea,” Hariri said.
“For this reason, I consider it the responsibility of each of us in government to have ministerial solidarity...to defend in parliament the decision that we have taken together,” he added.
After the 2019 budget is agreed, the cabinet must quickly start working on the 2020 budget and on approving the first phase of a program of investments toward which foreign donors have offered $11 billion in project financing. (Reporting by Angus McDowall, editing by Ed Osmond)