Private airlines can charge heavy for the baggage

Published on : Thursday, August 17, 2017

private-airlines-ask-for-more-money-to-fly-heavyThe passengers on domestic flights will now have to shell out more for the excess baggage on private airlines, as the Delhi High Court annul a Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), ordering the limit of the excess baggage charge to Rs 100 a kilogram till 20 kg.


The passengers could carry up to 15 kg of check-in baggage free of cost on private airlines. The government-owned Air India, however, allow passengers to fly with 25 kg of free check-in luggage.



Justice Vibhu Bakhru of Delhi High Court set aside the DGCA’s June 10, 2016, circular according to which private airlines had been allowed to charge Rs 100 per extra kg till 20 kg as against their earlier rates, ranging from Rs 220 to Rs 350.



The airline sources said that they would definitely increase the charges to earlier levels. The Delhi High Court allowed FIA’s Writ Petition filed against DGCA challenging the circular wherein DGCA directed the airlines to charge a combine rate of Rs 100/-on excess baggage from 15kg to 20kg.



Later, Delhi High Court has quashed the circular and the private airlines are now free to charge their rates per kg in excess of 15 kgs.



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