New Delhi, June 23: Passengers will have to bear additional burden of flying cost if they carry load beyond 15-kg on IndiGo, Spicejet and GoAir. The three domestic carriers have hiked the excess baggage charges by nearly 33 per cent.
Commuters carrying baggage beyond the prescribed limit of 15-kg would be charged at Rs 400 per kilogram, as opposed to Rs 300/kg at present. Meanwhile, the pre-booking charges of excess baggage are varying among the trio.
IndiGo would levy Rs 1,425; Rs 2,850; Rs 4,275 and Rs 8,550 for 5, 10, 15 and 30 kg (beyond the free 15 kg) respectively. SpiceJet, meanwhile, has raised the pre-booking charges for 5, 10, 15 and 30 kg to 1,600; Rs 3,200; Rs 4,800; Rs 6,400 and Rs 9,600, respectively.
While IndiGo and SpiceJet effect the hike from Friday (June 22), the fresh charges are applicable in GoAir beginning from today.
In the past month, Air India also raised the charges levied on excess baggage. While the national carrier permits the highest amount - 25 kg - of baggage free of cost, it would be levying Rs 500 as penalty on each extra kilogram. The amount charged on excess baggage was earlier Rs 400/kg.
Meanwhile, the hike in pre-booking of excess baggage is the second major increase in airfare imposed by IndiGo. The carrier, since May 30, has been imposing Rs 200 as levy on routes less than 1000 km and Rs Rs 400 on routes longer than 1000 km distance.
An aviation expert said the hikes are necessitated in order to absorb the impact of blooming fuel jet prices.