From Friday, flyers will save some money as they have to pay less for excess check-in baggage up to a certain limit. The revised fee structure comes into effect from July 1st under the new tariff regime.
Now only Rs 100 would be charged per additional kilogramme of checked-in baggage up to a certain level compared to the pre-existing charge of Rs 300 per kg.
The reduced rates were announced by the government earlier this month, which initially scheduled to come into force from June 15 but the implementation date, was extended to July 1 by aviation regulator DGCA.
Currently, all domestic airlines allow free checked-in baggage up to 15 kg and beyond that, the charge is Rs 300 per extra kg. Only Air India allows free baggage of up to 23 kg. Under the new tariff regime, only Rs 100 would be charged per additional kilogramme.
"Airlines have also been asked to keep variable checked-in baggage fare between 15-20 kg to benefit passengers," DGCA had said. Carriers would be free to charge any fee on the baggage weighing beyond 20 kg.