Excess baggage rates raised

An IndiGo aircraft. Image: Shuttertock

New Delhi: Low-cost airlines IndiGo, GoAir and SpiceJet have raised their excess baggage fee to Rs 400 per kg beyond the 15kg allowed free.

For pre-purchased excess baggage, IndiGo and GoAir have raised the rates to Rs 1,900 for 5kg, Rs 3,800 for 10kg, Rs 5,700 for 15kg and Rs 11,400 for 30kg. The corresponding rates for SpiceJet in the domestic sector are Rs 1,600, Rs 3,200, Rs 4,800, Rs 6,400 and Rs 9,600.

GoAir introduced the new rates on Saturday while IndiGo and Spicejet did so on Friday. IndiGo has also said that if customers booked on Lite Fare report at the airport with baggage to be checked in, they will have to pay Rs 200 for up to 15kg.

On SpiceJet, passengers on hand-baggage-only fare have to pay Rs 400 if they have any check-in luggage.

State-run Air India is the only airline on the domestic sector that allows 25kg baggage free.

Earlier this month, full service carrier Jet Airways had changed its baggage rules to allow only one piece of check-in baggage weighing 15kg or less for the economy class with effect from July 15. For the premier class, the allowance is two check-in bags, each less than 15kg.

IndiGo had recently announced a fuel surcharge of Rs 400 on domestic flights.

Glitch delays flights

Around 25 Air India flights were delayed on Saturday across the national carrier's network, including some at Delhi airport, because of a glitch that forced the airline to issue boarding passes manually.

The delays caused by the software malfunction stretched from 15 to 30 minutes, an Air India spokesperson said.

Air India tweeted: "Due to unexpected network connectivity issues at SITA #Atlanta #Datacenter, which had a #worldwide impact, 25 flights were delayed from 12.10hrs to 15.10hrs on #Airindia network...." 


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