Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Air India revised excess baggage fares: How does it compare with other airlines?

New Delhi: Air India currently has a check-in baggage allowance limit of 25kg for Economy. The capacity is a lot more than that provided by other domestic carriers. The pre-paid baggage price on Air India depends on the "route, flight date, peak/off-peak season etc," reads its official website.

INDIGO, for instance, has a check-in baggage allowance limit of 15kg. Passengers on IndiGo are charged at Rs 300 per kg, inclusive of GST, if the transaction takes place at the time of check-in.

Prepaid excess baggage is also available, whereby bookings have to be made six hours prior to the departure of the flight. For prepaid excess baggage, a passenger has to pay Rs 1,425 for every extra 5kg, Rs 2,850 for extra 10kg, Rs 4,275 for 15kg and Rs 8,550 for 30kg.

ON SPICEJET too, passengers carrying more than 15kg of baggage are charged at the rate of Rs 300 per kg at the time of check-in. The rates for prepaid excess baggage are also the same as that of IndiGo - Rs 1,425 for every extra five kilograms, Rs 2,850 for extra 10kg, Rs 4,275 for 15kg and Rs 8,550 for 30kg.

GOAIR, on the other hand, charges Rs 350 per kg at the time of check-in for baggage exceeding 15kg. Pre-puchase baggage rates on GoAir is slightly lower than that of IndiGo and SpiceJet, which start at Rs 1,450 for 5kg, Rs 2,800 for 10kg, Rs 4,100 for 15kg and Rs 8,000 for Rs 30kg.

While VISTARA's baggage allowance limit is also 15kg, the airline charges Rs 400 per kg - at the time of check-in - for excess baggage. Besides, the pre-purchase rates for Vistara are also higher. A passenger will have to pay Rs 1,601 for every extra 5kg, Rs 3,203 for 10kg, Rs 6,090 for 20kg and Rs 9,135 for 30kg.
12/06/18 Disha Roy Choudhury/India Today

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