Excess baggage fee to go up on all domestic flights as per Delhi HC
As per the recent news, Excess Baggage free will to up. It’s because of recent Delhi High Courts statement by Rejecting Directorate General of Civil Aviation’s (DGCA) June 10, 2016 circular. In normal language we can say that all passengers should get ready for spending some extra bucks on their luggage. Get set for heavy penalties for exceeding baggage weight allowances. Delhi High court’s justice Vibhu Bakhru set aside the Directorate General of Civil Aviation’s (DGCA) June 10, 2016 circular. After this, the airline companies can revert to the rates they were charging earlier, which ranged from Rs 220 to Rs 350 per kg.
Appeal of Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA)
Justice Vibhu Bakhru of the Delhi High court considers appeal of Federation of Indian Airlines on August 16th 2017. He allowed the appeal of the FIA (Federation of Indian Airlines). As per the appeal, FIA claim that the airline company should have the right to fix the tariff according to Airline Company not by regulator according to them. Also, the excess baggage charges should determined by market standards not according to regulating committee.
According to the Circular of DGCA, the airline companies can only charge their own fee on extra baggage if the weight exceeds 20KG. After the decision, new rates will apply after 1st of July 2017. It happened because the court had not stayed it or deferred the date of implementation.
At the same time, Gaurav Sarin the Federation of Indian Airline’s advocate said that Directorate General of Civil Aviation does not have the authority to set up rates of tariff. They said it while challenging the circular.
It had said that the DGCA can interfere only when there are specific instances of discriminatory practices and such circulars cannot be issued in a general manner.
Currently, all domestic carriers allow free checked-in baggage up to 15 kg. Only Air India allows free baggage of 23 kg