Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Air trips get more expensive for travel-heavy passengers

New Delhi / Mumbai: Now, extra baggage and preferred seat are going to cost you more as you plan an air travel. Within days of the civil aviation ministry allowing airlines to unbundle services, IndiGo today decided to charge an additional Rs 200 for each aisle and window seat. Only the middle seat would not attract any additional charge. And, if you want a seat in the front row or next to the emergency exit — both with more leg space — you will have to fork out an additional Rs 500.
These new charges would, however, apply only on pre-booking of preferred seats on the internet or through agents. Online travel firm has confirmed IndiGo’s new rates. You could still reach the airport check-in and ask — if you are lucky and such seats are available, the airline would offer you those without any extra cost.
IndiGo’s decision, the first by an airline to charge more for preferred seats, has come a day after Air India reduced the free-package limit for each economy-class passenger from 20 kg to 15 kg. From next week, a flyer would have to pay Rs 200-250 more for every one kg of extra luggage.
08/05/13 Sharmistha Mukherjee & Aneesh Phadnis/Business Standard