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Viazul & weight restrictions

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I booked online for a trip from Havana to Cienfuegos. I noticed on their website you are allowed a maximum of 20kg or 44lbs per person. Has anyone exceeded this and is there a charge for being over? I'm traveliing with scuba gear and weighing it at almost 30kg or 65lbs. Thanks for your help.

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    Hola Helmuthead:

    There's no real easy answer to your questions. I have flown domestically within Cuba many times and the only thing consistent is that the policies are somewhat inconsistent.
    I have flown Aerotaxi and AeroGaviota and the domestic flights leave from Terminal 1 on the southeast side of Jose Marti airport in Havana. When you check in, you bags are weighed but the results are somewhat inconsistent.

    I have been over weight and had them say absolutely nothing. Best scenario.

    I have been over and had them divide my excess weight with a local Cubano (I checked in one bag, the Cubano "officially" checked in the other bag) on the same flight so that the average was less than the 20kg limit. Again, no extra charge and no problems at all. I was given BOTH baggage claim checks as well. Just a really nice, co-operative check-in agent.

    And I have been over and been charged $20 USD for the excess. But this wasn't calculated as so many dollars per kilo, but seemed to be a figure pulled out of thin air.

    I have NEVER had my carry-on checked for weight, though it is checked for size and also goes through X-ray and security prior to entering the departure lounge on the second floor. So one thought is to put whatever is very heavy into your carry on and take it on board with you. Depending on the aircraft type (AN-2, AN-26, DC-3 etc) the bag is either below your seat or stored in-cabin in a closet at the back.

    As a general rule however, the Cubans seem to go easy on Divers as they know we tend to always be overweight with our dive bag. Often is is just taken as "sports equipment" with no extra charges. This has happened to me flying to both Isla de la Juventud and Cayo Largo.

    I'd suggest having a few dollars just in case, but off hand I'd say the odds are in your favour of not being charged extra. But that is my opinion, not a guaranteed fact. Best I can offer you. Enjoy your diving in Cuba.


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