Tag: Indian Civil Aviation Policy

Domestic Carriers Allowed to Roll out Zero Bag Fares:Modi Govt’s Diwali Gift

[New Delhi] Domestic Carriers Allowed to Roll out Zero Bag Fares :Modi Govt’s Diwali Gift
Modi Govt Bows To Domestic Airlines And Allows them to Roll out Zero Bag Fares
Three domestic carriers — IndiGo+SpiceJet + AirAsia India — had earlier approached the regulator with the “zero bag fare”, offering discount on no check-in luggage.
Aviation regulator DGCA has now allowed domestic carriers to roll out “zero bag” fares and charge penalty against check-in baggage for tickets booked under such an offer.
At present all domestic private airlines except national carrier Air India allow a flyer to carry up to 15 kgs of check-in baggage without any cost.
Air India allows its passengers to carry up to 23 kgs of check-in baggage free of cost.
“Airlines are allowed to offer no check-in baggage/hand baggage only fare scheme subject to the condition that the penalty to be imposed on a passenger, who avails such schemes but turns up with baggage for check-in at airline counter, cannot exceed the amount of incentive offered compared to lowest fare,” Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in its updated Air Transport Circular for unbundling of services.
The circular was issued early this week.
The offer, however, came with a rider that those who book tickets at discounted fares but later decide to carry check-in baggage would have to pay a fee of Rs 500 for up to 10 kg and Rs 750 for up to 15 kg baggage.
In an air transport circular in July, which has now been superseded by the latest circular, the DGCA had said check-in baggage charges (above 15 kgs of free check-in baggage allowance) can be charged separately on opt-in basis as part of the unbundling of services.

Indian Civil Aviation Policy May Take New Shape in a Month

[New Delhi]Aviation Policy May Take New Shape in a Month
Government expects to finalise the much-awaited new aviation policy and revised international flying norms for domestic carriers within a month.
Though the consultation process with the stakeholders on the twin subjects are almost complete, the ministry might look at having some more discussions in this regard, a senior Civil Aviation Ministry official said today.
Besides, formulating a new civil aviation policy, the government is in the process of doing away with the ‘5/20’ norms for domestic airlines.
Under the norms, only carriers having been in operation for at least five years and with a fleet of at least 20 aircraft are allowed to fly on international routes.
However, the proposed norms have come under criticism from both the established as well the start-up carriers with the latter having apprehensions about regional connectivity conditions.
The incumbent Rohit Nandan’s tenure expires in August and the government has to take a decision for new Officer before that.