SpiceJet hikes excess baggage fee on local fights

Cornelia Mascio
Agosto 20, 2017

The airline hiked its excess baggage rates less than 48 hours after the Delhi High Court set aside the ₹100 per kg fee that had been fixed by the Director General of Civil Aviation for excess checked-in baggage on private airlines. All private domestic carriers allow only 15 kg check-in baggage without any extra fee. The airline said that it has increased its charges to Rs 1,425 from Rs 500 for 5 kg of excess baggage above the free 15 kg now allowed per passenger.

The airline has also made a decision to hike the tax rates for other slabs, baggage weighing 30-45kg will now cost Rs 4,275, baggage weighing between 45-65kg will cost Rs 5,700 and baggage weighing between 65-95kg will cost the flyer Rs 8,550. These three slabs were previously priced at Rs 3,500, Rs 4,667 and Rs 8,000 respectively, as per the report. The aviation regulator allows customers to fly with up to 15 kg of baggage without any charge but capped any baggage above 15 kg till 20 kg at Rs 100 per extra kilogram. The circular had been in effect since July 1 previous year as the court had not deferred or stayed the circular.

If a passenger reaches the airport and then decides to pay for the excess baggage, he/she will be charged a flat per kg rate over and above the entitled free baggage allowance, sources said. Currently, only the state owned Air India lets economy class domestic flyers check-in up to 25 kg without any charge.

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