Friday, October 05, 2018

Parliamentarians slam airlines for exorbitant baggage fee

New Delhi: Parliamentarians slammed private airlines for the “exorbitant increase in excess luggage charges” at a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Transport Tourism and Culture on Thursday.

The majority of private airlines allow only 15 kg of luggage on domestic flights and charge anything between Rs. 300 and Rs. 500 for a kg of excess baggage that has not been pre-booked. Air India is the only airline on which domestic fliers can take up to 25 kg check-in baggage free of charge.

The members of the panel, headed by Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’ Brien, contended that the prices were arbitrary. “The airlines charge for every gram above the allowed limit. There should be some flexibility in this at least on long-haul flights,” a member said.
05/10/18 The Hindu