Like other Indian carriers, AirAsia India too will have to allow 15 kg free check-in baggage per passenger, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has ruled.
DGCA chief Prabhat Kumar has ordered the airline to reduce a number of other charges which it had introduced but which were found to be “way too high” by the regulator.
When it opened bookings on May 30 the Tata Group-AirAsia-backed start-up had initially decided not to allow free check-in baggage, choosing instead to charge Rs. 199 on luggage up to 15 kg. The aviation regulator intervened and ordered the airline, which begins operations on June 12, to stop charging passengers for check-in baggage.
The regulator has asked the airline to cut its ‘high’ charges for carriage of sports equipment as it presently charges Rs. 799 for sports equipment up to 15 kg. The airline has also been directed to cut charges of preferred seats from Rs. 600 to Rs. 500.
An airline can only charge special fares for 25% of the seats in an aircraft. AirAsia India has been found to be charging special fares for around 27% seats and has been asked to check the same.
“The airline has been told to take prior permission of the DGCA before introducing any new charges,” said DGCA chief Prabhat Kumar.