New Delhi, June 11: State-carrier Air India has increased the charge-levied on excess baggage by Rs 100 per kilogram. The change comes into effect from today, June 11. The additional charge would be levied in the passenger luggage exceeds the permitted weight limit.
Air India is known for its most-passenger friendly approach when it comes to luggage. The ' Maharaja' allows a passenger to carry upto 25 kg of luggage at no additional cost. Other airlines, on the other hand, permit only 15 kg.
Post 25 kg of luggage, Air India used to charge the passengers Rs 400 per excess kilogram. The rate has been incremented to Rs 500 beginning from today. The rule, however, has not been amended for Alliance Air, the carrier's regional arm.
In additional to the charge levied on excess luggage, the passengers would also have to pay GST. The tax would be charged at 5 per cent for economy class passengers and 12 per cent for others.
The GST, however, will be exempted on flights commuting to and fro from the Northeastern states, including Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Tripura, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Sikkim and the Bagdogra airport in West Bengal.
Meanwhile, the disinvestment process of Air India has not moved ahead as the government received no bidders for its proposal to sell 76 per cent stakes of the debt-ridden airlines.