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Who's Bike Friendly To Europe?(3 posts)

Who's Bike Friendly To Europe?jose_Tex_mex
Apr 14, 2003 5:07 PM
... I thought cyclists only got screwed in taking their bike around the US on a plane. I went to book a ticket to Europe last night with continental and they wanted to charge an extra $160 round trip!

Then they wonder why no-one is traveling.

Any recomendations for friendly airlines to Western Europe?
re: Who's Bike Friendly To Europe?cycleaddict
Apr 14, 2003 7:55 PM
If you can fly out of a "gateway" city on a foreign carrier such as Air France (my favorite), you will not be charged for your bike.
Before 9/11 there was no charge even on domestic carriers when connecting to an international destination but that has all changed and now, as many airlines teeter on the brink of bankrupcy (including the one I work for as a mechanic) any and all possible sources of revenue are being tapped.

Ultimately,if one plans to do much airline travel w/bike, a coupled frame will be the solution (and a good reason to buy a new ride!!).
Try British AirwaysAlpedhuez55
Apr 15, 2003 5:09 AM
British Airways allowed me to include my bike as a regular piece of luggage. I think many European airlines work that way. The American carriers like to charge extra for this. It is a pretty big scam for them since other items with the same size and weight can count as a normal peice of luggage.

Mike Y.