Airlines to Charge Extra for Check-in Baggage


New Delhi: Passengers on domestic flights might soon have to shell out extra to carry check-in baggage. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is considering a proposal to allow airlines to charge for cabin baggage. Consumers who choose not to carry such baggage will be rewarded for travelling light in the form of an incentive scheme, or ‘zero baggage fare’.

The DGCA, which received an application to introduce ‘zero baggage fare’ from no-frills carriers such as IndiGo, SpiceJet and AirAsia India, has held a round of consultation with the airlines.

The proposal is in contrast to the regulator’s stand in June 2014, when it directed AirAsia India against charging passengers for check-in baggage.

The airline, which was yet to commence operations at the time, planned to charge Rs 199 for check-in baggage weighing up to 15 kg if it is paid while booking the ticket, and Rs 300 if payment is made at the airport.