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Now, flyers with no check-in baggage will get cheaper flights: DGCA

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India’s aviation regulator has permitted domestic flight operators to provide concessions in ticket prices to passengers who travel without any baggage or just cabin baggage. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), in a circular, said that passengers will have to declare about their baggage if they want to avail the concessions.

As of now, passengers are allowed to carry 15 kg of check-in baggage and 7 kg of cabin baggage. If the weight of the baggage goes beyond the specified limit, the airlines levy additional charges per kg. While there is no clarity on how much price difference travelling without baggage will make, it will certainly benefit people who travel frequently with just the cabin baggage.

What DGCA said

DGCA in a statement said, “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.”

Unbundling of other services

The regulator has also allowed unbundling of other services like preferential seating, meal-snack-drink charges, airline lounges, sports equipment charges and musical instrument charges, etc.

The DGCA statement also provides, “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 the 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 an opt-in basis.”

 

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