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Air India Express slashes baggage allowance

Decision will take effect on August 22

  • By Sara Sabry, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 13:16 August 18, 2013
  • Gulf News

An Air India Express Boeing 737-800 aircraft
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  • An Air India Express Boeing 737-800 aircraft at the Mumbai airport.

Abu Dhabi: Strong objections have been raised following Air India Express’ decision to slash its free baggage allowance, representatives of various socio-cultural organisations in Abu Dhabi announced on Saturday.

Air India Express has decided to reduce its free baggage allowance on flights operating into India from the Gulf from 30kg to 20kg per passenger and charge Dh50 for the extra 10kg.

“Due to the higher free baggage allowance on flights operating into India, the saleable seat capacity is reduced in line with payload constraints. In keeping with recent industry trends, it has been decided to reduce the free baggage allowance on flights operating into India, from 30kg to 20kg per passenger, which is the present free baggage allowance on flights operating out of India,” the airline said in a statement.

This is will be applicable to tickets booked on or after August 22.

“Passengers ticketed prior to August 22 will continue to be entitled to a 30kg free baggage allowance, as reflected on their itinerary receipt, irrespective of the date of travel,” the airline added.

A delegation of various registered organisations in Abu Dhabi plans to visit New Delhi to make a representation to review Air India’s decision to implement this new rule and reinstate the current baggage allowance.

“The justification of Air India to reduce the baggage allowance to allow more seats for passengers is not practical,” they added.

Comments (24)

  1. Added 17:25 August 19, 2013

    Comments posted on this forum from people who are not in favour of this new rule should avoid if they cannot comply and fly other gulf airlines. One cannot have the plum and cake for free. If these people use other airlines and made to pay for excess baggage they will quietly accept the charges. Just because it happens to be AI, they vent their frustration? Shame, they need to be grateful at least the Indian carrier provides a service to their destination at budget fares !!!

    Mel, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 17:04 August 19, 2013

    I liked Mohmmad's comment. I agree with him.

    Pravin, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 15:23 August 19, 2013

    Please start weighing passengers also and for every 5 kg charge 50 aed extra. Better to close down and sell the seats to second hand market. These people will never improve and the only solution is go for other airlines.

    Afham, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 15:14 August 19, 2013

    This is simply a scheme to earn more by different source.

    YUSUF SHABBIR LAKHNAVI, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 14:49 August 19, 2013

    If one want to find out ways as to what one should not do to kill an airline, just find out what Air India and its subsidiaries does. If giving away seats, prime flying routes and slots wasnt enough, this is one more step in what can be clearly said to be commiting suicide. Do I have a say when govt funds this airline out of public funds for the collosoal losses?

    Jitesh, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 14:39 August 19, 2013

    All budget airlines are doing the same. Whats the big drama for!

    B, D, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 14:01 August 19, 2013

    Come on, the rest of the world makes do with 20kg baggage allowance in economy class so why do you believe that 30kg is necessary. 20kg is already plenty of baggage allowance and is quite normal. If the plane can have more seats due to the lower weight limit, the prices can come down accordingly. What's wrong with that?

    Jeymer Hareo, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 13:52 August 19, 2013

    The time to Privatize Air India is long gone! When is the Govt. going to wake up and smell the smoke - or should I say ashes?

    Rio, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 13:52 August 19, 2013

    Air india is doing no good to its service, it will lose even further its revenue. The marketing personal of airindia isn't good and have no sense of business. He is all out to close down the airline. Anyway airindia is out dated and so is it airhostesses. They need a revamp.

    KARIM, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 13:18 August 19, 2013

    who is going to fly with air india express

    abdul sammed, dubai, India

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