In a major relief for people, the Aviation Ministry on Saturday rejected proposal by low-cost airlines to charge for check-in baggage. Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma confirmed it by saying that they do not put extra burden on passengers. Sharma said, “We have got the proposal from the low-cost flights to charge for check-in baggage. We have rejected it and there will be no consideration at the Aviation Ministry level. We will not want to put this burden on passengers.” Sharma added, “We have asked them to send a detailed proposal and if it is for the benefit of the passengers , we will consider it.”
While providing discount to passengers having no check in luggage, low-cost carriers like AirAsia, Indigo and SpiceJet have approached the Directorate General of Civil Aviation to charge Rs 250 for the first luggage, Rs 500 for the second and Rs 1500 for the third.