Pay more for additional baggage in Jet Airways; Indigo to charge premium for preferential seats : Global Organisation for Pravasis Urakam (GOPUR)

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Published On: Thursday, May 09, 2013

Pay more for additional baggage in Jet Airways; Indigo to charge premium for preferential seats

Indigo will charge the passenger a premium of Rs 500 for sitting in Rows 1, 2, 12 and 13.  While Jet Airways has announced that it will charge Rs 250 per kg for additional baggage.
NEW DELHI: Soon you will have to shell out extra for additional baggage and preferential seats for air travel. While Jet Airways BSE 0.19 % has announced that it will charge Rs 250 per kg for additional baggage over 15 kg, Indigo has said that pre-booking a seat in the first two rows or near emergency exits in 12 and 13th row in its flight will cost passengers more.

Jet Airways group said it has revised, with effective from May 15, the free baggage allowance to 15 kg in the economy class on all domestic routes, but has retained the cabin baggage limit at the previous level of 7 kg.

Indigo will charge the passenger a premium of Rs 500 for sitting in Rows one, two, 12 and 13 on a domestic flight and Rs 800 for an international flight under its Indigo Seat Plus plan.

Though the airline has not indicated from when it would start charging the new rates, but in a circular to travel agents it said for all other window and aisle seats, which are pre-booked, a passenger would be charged Rs 200 for a domestic and Rs 300 for an international flight.

While pre-booking all other middle seats would cost Rs 100 on a domestic and Rs 200 on an international flights.

The moves follow the recent move of the government to unbundle on-board and on-ground services like preferred seating and baggage allowances. Globally airlines have already unbundled their services which helps shore up revenue.

Last week, Air India had allowed revised downward its free baggage limit to 15 kg. The national carrier had decided to charge a flat rate of about Rs 200-250 per kg on excess weight. The excess baggage charges currently vary between Rs 150-400 per kg depending upon the sector.

The airline is also contemplating levying charges for preferred seats.

news & credits : economictimes.indiatimes.com

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