Fliers, Rejoice! You Will Pay Less for Excess Baggage from 1 July

The new tariff regime brings good news for regular fliers, as excess check-in baggage will attract a lower charge.

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All domestic airlines allow free checked-in baggage up to 15 kg. (Photo: iStockphoto)

From 1 July onwards, fliers will be required to shell out less money for excess checked-in baggage up to a certain limit as the revised fee structure comes into effect.

Under the new tariff regime, only Rs 100 would be charged per additional kilogram of checked-in baggage up to a certain level, compared to the existing charge of Rs 300 per kg.

The reduced rates, announced by the government earlier this month, were initially scheduled to come into force from 15 June. However, the implementation date was extended to 1 July by aviation regulator DGCA, after airlines sought more time to upgrade their system.

Currently, all domestic airlines allow free checked-in baggage up to 15 kg. Only Air India allows free baggage up to 23 kg.

Airlines have been asked to keep variable checked-in baggage fare between 15-20 kg to benefit passengers who carry checked-in baggage in excess of 15 kg, but less than 20 kg.
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Carriers would be free to charge any fee on baggage weighing above 20 kg.

(With PTI inputs)

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