Airlines in India have started jumping on lucrative add-on fees they can pile on passengers for domestic flights.
Baggage Allowance Cut
Jet Airways and its sister airline JetKonnect have reduced the free baggage allowance from 20 kg to 15 kg for Economy class passengers on all domestic travel within India.
JetPrivilege (frequent flyer) members and the airline's Premiere (Business) class travelers continue to enjoy 30 kg of baggage allowance.
Cabin baggage limits have not been changed and remain at 7 kg.
Jet Airways' new baggage restrictions go into effect May 15, 2013.
India's state owned carrier Air India too has cut the free baggage allowance for passengers flying on domestic sectors.
Free baggage allowance for travel in the top four fare levels of Economy class will be 20 kg and for all other fare levels has been fixed at 15 kgs (previously 25 kg).
Free baggage allowance for Air india's Business class travelers remains unchanged at 35 kg.
Air India's baggage limit change go into effect from May 13, 2013. Tickets issued up to May 12 are not subject to the new baggage rules.
Both Jet and Air India are charging passengers Rs 250 for every extra kg above the baggage allowance.
Air India is said to be considering reducing free baggage allowance on international flights too, starting with flights to Gulf nations and South East Asia.
Changes in free baggage allowance and adding fees for over-limit baggage come in the wake of the Indian government's decision to allow airlines to unbundle their fee structure in line with international airlines.
Other Indian airlines will likely follow the lead of Jet and Air India in reducing the free baggage allowance and in tacking on other fees as well.
IndiGo Airlines has already started charging passengers for seat selection.