Russia’s air transport regulations have been changed to allow the country’s airlines to add fees for checked baggage.

Previously, Russian airlines had to provide a free baggage allowance with all non-refundable flight tickets. Now, under changes approved July 31, carriers have the option of charging for checked baggage. The new rules are aimed at allowing Russian airlines to operate more cost efficiently in the domestic market.

An airline can still sell tickets with a free baggage allowance included, but it is responsible for establishing the weight and size standards.

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