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DGCA allows domestic airplane companies to roll out zero bag charges

In June this year, SpiceJet had rolled out a scheme, offering a discount of Rs 200 to every passenger who books a flight with only one handbag and no check-in baggage.

By: ENS Economic Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: November 13, 2015 1:35 am

The country’s aviation safety regulator the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has permitted domestic airlines to roll out “zero bag” fares and charge penalty against check-in baggage for tickets booked under such an offer.

At present all domestic private airlines except Air India allow a flyer to carry up to 15 kgs of check-in baggage without any cost. Air India allows its passengers to carry up to 23 kgs of check-in baggage free of cost.

“Airlines are allowed to offer no check-in baggage/hand baggage only fare scheme subject to the condition that the penalty to be imposed on a passenger, who avails such schemes but turns up with baggage for check-in at airline counter, cannot exceed the amount of incentive offered compared to lowest fare,” the DGCA said earlier this week.

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Earlier in July, the DGCA had turned down a proposal of airlines to levy charges on passengers for carrying check-in baggage. The regulator rejected the plea saying such a fee would be applicable only on baggage which exceeds the free limit of 15 kgs.

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