Flying is likely to get cheaper for those who travel light as aviation regulator DGCA, on February 26, allowed airlines to provide concessions in airfares to customers travelling with no check-in baggage.
As per the current rules, passengers are permitted to carry up to 7 kilograms of cabin baggage and 15 kilograms of check-in luggage.
DGCA said that, on the basis of various feedback received, it felt that many times these services provided by the airline might not be required by the passenger.
"As part of airline baggage policy, scheduled airlines will be allowed to offer free baggage allowance as well as zero baggage/no check-in baggage fares," DGCA said in a circular on unbundling of services.
However, the concession will be subject to the condition that the passenger booking ticket under such fare scheme is made aware of the charges that shall be applicable if the passenger turns up with the baggage for check-in at the airline counter, it stated.
Considering the fact that unbundling of services and charges there to have the potential to make basic fare more affordable and provides the consumer with an option of paying from the services which he wishes to be availed, it has been decided by the government to allow certain services to be unbundled and charged separately on an opt-in basis, the DGCA said.
The move comes days after the Directorate General Civil Aviation (DGCA) provided greater flexibility to domestic carriers on fixing ticket prices by increasing the minimum fare band on domestic flights tickets.