Government rejects airlines proposal to charge for checkin baggage

first_imgIn a move by low cost carriers to charge for check-in baggage, was rejected by the government who were not in favour of putting this burden on the passengers and it wanted to continue the present system.Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Civil Aviation said that the airlines concerned had approached the aviation regulator Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for its nod for their proposal but the government has not acknowledged the request.“We have got the proposal from low-cost flights to charge for check-in baggage. We have rejected it and there will be no consideration at the Aviation Ministry level. We will not want to put this burden on passengers,” the minister said. He said the proposal, if accepted, will be a “dampener” in air traffic growth in India.An earlier DGCA ruling had put check-in baggage under unbundled items category, which had allowed airlines to charge extra for it. This led some airlines to consider the idea of charging for any check-in bag like AirAsia India had planned to ahead of its operations last year.“If some airline wants to incentive flyers with no check-in bag by offering them a rebate, we have no problem with that. But they will not be allowed to charge extra for first 15 kg of check-in bags. A consumer-friendly move is welcome but nothing that goes against flyers’ interest will be allowed,” said a DGCA official.last_img read more