Friday, August 18, 2017

SpiceJet hikes excess baggage charges for domestic flyers

New Delhi: SpiceJet has hiked its excess baggage pre-booking charges for domestic flyers with immediate effect. While passengers can check-in upto 15kg without any extra charge, the low cost carrier will now charge Rs 1,425 for checking-in 20kg, up from Rs 500 earlier.
Similarly, SpiceJet's pre-booking charges for the next slab of 20-30 kg is now Rs 2,850, up from Rs 2,000 earlier. The charges for the next slabs — 30-45kg, 45-65kg and 65-95kg — is now Rs 4,275, Rs 5,700 and Rs 8,550 respectively. These charges earlier used to be Rs 3,500, Rs 4,667 and Rs 8,000.

SpiceJet passengers who do not pre-book excess baggage will have to pay Rs 300 per kg for beyond the allowed 15kg limit at airport counters.
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 15kg and 20kg. Airlines were earlier free to charge any amount as excess baggage charge beyond 20kg but can now do so beyond 15kg itself. Only Air India spokesman said that economy class domestic flyers on the Maharaja can check-in up to 25kg without any charge.
Even if airlines do not hike their existing charges, the impact on flyers checking-in 20kg could be significant if they implement the charge kept for beyond 20kg to beyond 15kg now. For instance, two low cost carriers (LCC) charges Rs 300 and Rs 350 per kg as excess baggage fee for domestic travel beyond the allowed baggage limit. A full service airline charges Rs 500 per kg from economy passengers beyond 20kg.
18/08/17 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India