Flying in Air India domestic flights? You will be charged more for excess baggage

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An Air India plane
An Air India plane. -Representational Image

An Air India circular says that GST rates will be applicable on the value reflected on all Excess Baggage tickets; the national carrier revises excess baggage rate to Rs 500 per kg

The Hush Post: Air India (AI), the country’s premier passenger carrier, has revised its tariff of Excessive Baggage Rate (EBR) for the domestic flights. The new tariff came into force on Monday.

In its new circular, the Air India has revised its EBR to Rs 500 plus applicable GST per kg on all travel commencing on or after June 11 from an earlier Rs. 400 per kg, except for Alliance Air flights, a report said.

The Air India circular says that the GST rates will be applicable on the value reflected on all Excess Baggage tickets, issued in India, except from the exempted airports, it was reported.

Besides, the circular issued recently said that the GST will be applicable on the value reflected on the EBT at the rate of 5 per cent in economy class and 12 per cent for other classes. At present, Air India has a baggage allowance limit of 25 kg, the report said.

The Indian Railways has also now set a baggage limit for passengers like it is in air travel. This comes in the wake of numerous complaints received by the Railways regarding excess baggage being thrust into train compartments.

The regulation though isn’t a new one, but the Indian Railways has this time decided to strictly enforce its three decades old baggage allowance rules. If caught travelling with overweight luggage, a passenger can be fined up to six times the stipulated amount.  The Railways has launched a special drive from June 8 to June 22 and will be carrying out random checks.

 

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