As per the scheme firmed up by the airline, all passengers travelling without check-in baggage will be able to avail of a discount of Rs 200 at the time of booking their air tickets.
A senior official in the DGCA said, “Passengers will get a discount of Rs 200 if they travel without check-in baggage. But if the passenger reports for the flight with check-in baggage, he will have to pay Rs 400 at the airport.” This charge would include a penalty of Rs 200 and the Rs 200 he had availed of as discount earlier.
The official added that SpiceJet had sought permission to charge a penalty of Rs 750 per passenger but the government did not approve the levy. “A meeting was held recently in which it was decided that the airline can charge total penalty of Rs 400 only”, informed the official. The decision will be communicated to SpiceJet shortly.
The ‘zero baggage’ scheme is expected to attract a lot of corporate travellers who usually travel light with only cabin baggage. In June this year, the budget carrier had rolled out a scheme, offering a discount of Rs 200 to every passenger who books a flight with only one handbag and no check-in baggage. 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.
29/08/15 Indian Express