On 31 March 2011 the old IATA interline standard baggage rules and charges as set out in Resolution 300/301 expired. These baggage rules were based on simple default baggage allowances by weight or piece. The new market oriented carrier based baggage rules came into force on 1 April 2011 with Resolution 302.
The adoption of resolution 302 was too complex to be manually handled correctly and the Board mandated IATA 11 months ago to mobilize the industry with the goal of automating baggage rules by the time the old standards expire. The Airline Tariff Publishing Company (ATPCO) developed the centralized database needed where airlines electronically filed their own baggage allowances and charges.
On 1 April 2011, 250 airlines had approved the release of their data with ATPCO and three IT providers had released their solution. GDSs communicated their cutover dates to their airline customers. All GDSs are forecast to go live with ABR by end June. View the details on the GDS target dates.
ATPCO and IATA’s ABR Project Team continue to work with the industry to ensure a rapid expansion of baggage automation and to rapidly close the remaining gaps.