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Private airlines targeted over ‘exorbitant rise’ in excess luggage charge | Devdiscourse News

A parliamentary panel has questioned the top management of all major privates airlines in the country over an “exorbitant rise” in the excess luggage charge and asked them to submit a report comparing their fees with those of their foreign counterparts.

During a meeting recently, the members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture, suggested the government draft a comprehensive policy on baggage charges and that the airlines should not be allowed to set the free-of-cost luggage carry limit.

All private airlines allow only up to 15 kgs of luggage on domestic flights free of cost, while the state-owned Air India allows up to 25 kgs.

The panel called the top management of all major private airlines — Indigo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, Air Asia and Vistara — to brief the members over their recent decision to hike baggage charges and also the dynamic pricing of air tickets.

There have been persisting concerns about steep fluctuations in air ticket prices during festival seasons and calamities. The airfares went up during the recent floodings in Kerala.

Against this backdrop, some members had already recommended airfares be linked with inflation rather than being determined on the basis of demand.

The members had also suggested that the government should look at linking airfares with inflation instead of a dynamic pricing system and also cap the ticket prices.

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