Malaysia Airlines has lifted its ban placed on checked baggage on flights to Europe which had been in placed over the past couple of days.
In a statement from the airline, it claimed that strong head winds had limited its ability to carry both baggage and cargo on a longer route to Europe being operated.
“The head winds over the last four days were in excess of 200knots which can add up to 15% fuel burn on a B777-200 aircraft,” the statement noted.
The decision by the airline was not seen favourable by passengers who took to social media to voice their concerns.
Via Twitter, @ckliio9 said: “What an idiotic thing to do, @MAS. If headwinds are a concern, how come other airlines aren't doing the same thing?”
The response from the airline blamed both the longer route assigned in order to avoid conflict zones, as well as the weather patterns.
“The additional fuel required, affected the aircraft's ability to carry the regular amount of cargo, hence, causing the delays.”
In addition, from its official account, @MAS, Malaysia Airlines said: “Unfortunately, the route we were given access too was also affected by unseasonable winds which caused the flight to be extended.”
In a statement announcing the availability of normal check-in baggage allowances, the airline said: “Based on its current risk assessment, done on a daily basis, the airline is now able to take a shorter route on European flights.
“Malaysia Airlines maintains that safety is of utmost priority in its operations and will not hesitate to adjust its flight path based on its daily risk assessment.”