Friday, 4 October 2019

Know the Charges For Carrying Extra Baggage on Indigo Airlines Domestic And International Routes


Indigo Airlines is a low cost carrier which holds about 50percent of Indian passenger traffic. Considering that the airline came at a later stage than some other carriers and much later than Air India, the government owned flag carrier of the country, this is a huge achievement. Many contributing factors have led to Indigo becoming the top aviation brand of India. One of these factors is the reasonable amount of excess baggage charge which it used to levy initially, during the earlier period of its operations. These charges are to be paid when the passenger carried more baggage than what was allowed free. Free allowance of check-in baggage is mandated by DGCA and therefore, all airline companies operating from India have to comply with this directive. But, beyond this free allowance, the airlines are free to levy the excess charges.

These extra baggage charges could be based on a flat per kg rate when paid at airport. These are given in different currencies of the countries where Indigo flies. However, if passengers know in advance how much of extra is being carried, then they also have option of paying online, well in advance of their travel, at a discounted rate. These pre-paid charges are generally planned out in the form of slabs of different excess weights being taken. These charges are lower than the airport rates. Earlier, the difference between the flat rates and slab rates was quite significant but now this difference has shrunk, though the pre-paid slab rates are still less than airport rates.

Another point to be noted is that the pre-paid slabs have to be booked using online medium within a fixed time frame. If this is not done, then higher charges at airport have to be paid.

So, what are the Indigo extra baggage charges and when shall these be bought?

For domestic routes within India, the airline levies Rs 400 per excess kg flat rate at airport. However, the pre-paid slabs of 3kg, 5kg, 10kg, 15kg and 30kg can be booked for Rs 1000, Rs 1900, Rs 3800, Rs 5700 and Rs 11400 respectively.

For international flights from India and to India, charges as per following table apply:

Baggage (International)
Currency
3kg Pre-paid
5kg Pre-paid
10kg Pre-paid
15kg Pre-paid
30kg Pre-paid
Ex - India
INR
1485
2475
4950
7425
14850
India to Colombo, Dhaka, Kathmandu
INR
1000
1900
3800
5700
11400
Ex-Singapore
SGD
21
36
72
107
215
Ex-Dubai/Sharjah/Abu Dhabi
AED
100
125
250
375
750
Ex-Doha
QAR
100
125
250
375
750
Ex-Kuwait
KWD
9
12
20
30
55
Ex-Muscat
OMR
10
15
25
35
65
Ex-Colombo
LKR
3000
5000
9000
15000
30000
Ex-Male
USD
26
43
85
130
260
Ex-Kuala Lumpur
MYR
100
160
300
450
900
Ex-Dhaka
BDT
1200
2000
4000
6000
12500
Ex-Kathmandu
NPR
1700
2700
5500
7800
15500
Ex-Istanbul
USD
26
43
85
130
260
Ex-Hong Kong
HKD
180
300
600
850
1700
Ex-Bangkok/Phuket
THB
780
1300
2600
3500
6528
Ex-Chengdu
CNY
140
250
450
600
1100
Ex-Hanoi
USD
25
35
80
100
170
Ex-Yangon
USD
25
35
80
100
170
Ex- Ho Chi Minh
USD
25
35
80
100
170
Ex- Jeddah
SAR
195
280
485
680
1240

Besides these normal international connections, the airline also has excess baggage charges for codeshare flights and connecting international flights with other airlines.

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