Saturday, August 19, 2017

After SpiceJet, IndiGo also hikes excess baggage fee for domestic flyers

New Delhi:  India's largest domestic airline, IndiGo, has hiked its excess baggage charges for domestic flyers checking-in more than 15 kg. Pre-booking five kg extra to check 20 kg in all will cost Rs 1,425, up from Rs 500 earlier. Similarly, pre-booking 10 kg; 15 kg and 30 kg (over and above the allowed 15kg) will now cost Rs 2,850; Rs 4,275 and Rs 8,550, respectively. Those not pre-booking excess baggage will pay Rs 300 per kg for each kilo beyond the allowed 15 kg.
IndiGo, which controls 40 per cent of domestic market share, hike is similar to the increase in baggage charges implemented by SpiceJet from Friday. The two airlines together account for 53 per cent of domestic market share.
Other airlines are also expected to hike their baggage charges as the Delhi High Court had this Wednesday set aside a Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) order that capped excess baggage charge at Rs 100 per kg for each extra kilo between 15 kg and 20 kg. Airlines were earlier free to charge any amount as excess baggage charge beyond 20 kg but can now do so beyond 15 kg itself.
AirAsia India, when launched in 2014, did not want to give any free check-in baggage to passengers and was directed by DGCA to allow 15 kg check-in baggage — like other Indian carriers —to domestic flyers without any extra fee.
19/08/17 Saurabh SInha/Times of India

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