HC sets aside DGCA circular on excess baggage fees

Cornelia Mascio
Agosto 18, 2017

The decision was taken by the Delhi High Court on Wednesday morning where it set aside the extra charge that was fixed by the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

On Wednesday, the Delhi High Court set aside the aviation regulator's order capping excess baggage charge at INR 100 per kg in the 15-20 kg band. The airlines can now charge up to Rs 350 per kg beyond 15 kg itself. The Federation of Indian Airlines, which has carriers like IndiGo, Jet, GoAir and SpiceJet as members, challenged this order. The DGCA in its circular had said that the airlines would be free to charge any fee beyond 20 kgs of excess baggage.

Passengers of domestic flights will now have to pay more for excess baggage on private airlines. The rates came into effect on July 1 past year as court had not stayed it or deferred the date of implementation.

A day after the Delhi High Court set aside capping of fee for excess checked-in baggage on private airlines, India's low-priced carrier airline-SpiceJet plans to hike the fee charged for excess baggage to Rs 300 per kg, "We are studying the HC order to see the reasons why our order has been set aside. Also, under various circulars issued by the Centre from time to time, they can interfere if they find airlines indulging in predatory or oligopolistic practices,", P.S. Patwalia, additional solicitor general, had argued on behalf of the Centre.

However, this doesn't mean that the passengers can carry extra luggage for free over and above the 20 kg cap.

Apart from Air India, all Indian carriers had reduced the free check-in baggage allowance for economy class domestic flyers from 20 kg to 15 kg.

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