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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.
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.