July 9 (TravelAndy): India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has rejected a proposal by domestic airlines SpiceJet, IndiGo and AirAsia India to let them charge for check-in luggage, said reports.
The DGCA said such a fee could only be imposed on luggage that is in excess of 15kg.
In April, the DGCA had categorised check-in luggage as an unbundled item, allowing airlines to charge extra for any check-in luggage.
Tourism minister Mahesh Sharma said the ministry did not want to burden domestic travellers by charging extra for check-in luggages.
However, the government has no problems with the airlines encouraging passengers to travel light.
SpiceJet has already announced that it will offer discounts to passengers who travel light. Passengers without check-in luggage will save INR200 on one-way flights and up to INR1,000 on return flights, the airline said.