New Delhi: Carrying more than 15 kg as check-in baggage on Air India domestic flight? Be prepared to pay more as Air India is to start levying extra charges for anything over 15 kg of check-in bags.

According to reports, from next week, Air India will cut the free check-in baggage allowance for domestic flights from current provision of 20 kg to 15 kg. According to officials, passengers in AI flights will be charged between Rs 200-250 per kg for anything over 15 kg. These changes will be applicable only on domestic flights.

However, the new system will not be applicable to flying return members and the frequent flyer club of the airline as they will still be allowed 20 kg free baggage.

Industry watchers point out that airlines generally keep the excess baggage rates charges high so as to encourage passengers to travel light as more weight means burning of more fuel. Notably, SpiceJet has been charging Rs 250 per kg for extra baggage in excess of 20 kg.

It must be recalled that the government had recently allowed airlines to charge passengers for preferred seats on a flight, check-in baggage and meals, among other things.

The services for which the airlines are free to charge passengers include preferential seating, meals, snacks, drinks (barring drinking water), check-in baggage, use of airline lounges, carriage of sports equipment and musical instruments and valuable baggage which have higher carrier liability.


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