Airlines to offer concessions in fares to passengers with no baggage
On Friday, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation allowed domestic flight operators to give concessions in ticket prices to passengers who carry no baggage or only cabin baggage.
Aviation watchdog Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) airlines to offer concessions in ticket prices to passengers with no check-in luggage. This step came weeks after the government increased the fare band for all flights across India.
In a circular DCGA announced that on the basis of feedback received from passengers, the government has now decided to unbundle certain services and make them chargeable on an opt-in basis. This decision was taken to make flying more affordable and accessible for everyone.
Currently, a passenger can carry up to 7 kilograms of cabin baggage and 15 kilograms of check-in baggage. The additional weight is chargeable. Now the new rule announced by DCGA will allow the airlines to provide tickets at lesser prices to those who opt to travel with no baggage or only with cabin baggage within the permissible weight limit.
The aviation body stated, “As part of airline baggage policy, scheduled airlines will be allowed to offer free baggage allowance as well as “zero baggage/no check in baggage fares”. This will be subject to the condition that the passenger booking ticket under such fare scheme is made aware of the charges that shall be applicable if the passenger turns up with the baggage for check in at the airline counter. These applicable charges shall be reasonable; prominently displayed to the passenger at the time of booking of ticket and also to be printed on the ticket.”
DCGA noted that some charges levied by airlines include services that are not required by the passengers. The body said, “On the basis of various feedback received, it is felt that many times these services provided by the airlines may not be required by the passengers while travelling. Considering the fact that unbundling of services and charges thereto has the potential to make basic fare more affordable and provide consumer an option of paying for the services which he/she wishes to avail, it has been decided by the government to allow these services to be unbundled and charged separately on opt-in basis.”
Now the services that will be chargeable on the opt-in basis are preferential seating, meal or snacks or drinking charges, sports equipment charges, musical instrument carriage charge for using airline lounges.