Indian air carriers have also caught the ancillary fees bug: they collectively lost $2 billion last fiscal and have hiked existing fees and introduced a host of new ones in last two to three months to boost revenue. The free check-in baggage limit of 20 kg for domestic flyers is all set to be reduced by 20% to 25% and carrying more weight will mean shelling out Rs 200 per kg, up from Rs 100 per kg. Airlines used to take unaccompanied minors (children till 12 years of age) free of cost so far. Now low-cost carriers have started charging Rs 1,500 on domestic and Rs 3,000 on international flights for taking care of your child travelling alone.
It was only a matter of time before the troubled Indian air carriers got on the fees bandwagon. And here we still fondly remember the wet towel and complementary Indian snacks service in economy on Jet, as little as 3 years ago.
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