The Domestic flight operators have been allowed to give concessions in ticket prices to passengers who carry no baggage, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in a circular on Friday.
According to the current rules, a traveler can carry up to 7 kilograms of cabin baggage and 15 kilograms of check-in baggage while any additional weight was chargeable.
Now, as per the new rule, it will allow the operators to provide tickets at lesser prices to passengers who want to travel on a flight with no baggage or only with cabin baggage within the permissible weight limit.
Meanwhile, passengers will now have to declare the weight of baggage, they will be carrying, at the time of the booking of the ticket.
The aviation body also allowed unbundling of other services including preferential seating, meal-snack-drink charges, airline lounges, sports equipment charges, the fee for special declaration of valuable baggage and musical instrument charges, etc.
The circular stated that the government will allow check-in baggage charges to be unbundled and charged separately on an opt-in basis.
As part of the airline baggage policy, the scheduled airlines will be allowed to offer free baggage allowance as well as “Zero baggage/no check-in baggage fares”.
This will 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 an airline counter. These applicable charges shall be reasonable; prominently displayed to the passenger at the time of booking of a ticket and also to be printed on the ticket.
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