In an attempt to stem the revenue losses of Air India, the Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh has imposed a blanket ban on excess baggage checked in by ministers and civil servants: hitherto, this has generally been carried free of charge by the airline.
In a letter to Air India’s CMD, Rohit Nandan, the minister argued that the airline should stop the practice of carrying excess baggage without charge immediately, on both domestic and international flights. The minister has also said that no requests for free bag carriage should be entertained, since the airline needs to generate more revenue.
Welcoming the move, airline officials have admitted that they were receiving scores of requests for waivers relating to excess baggage fees on Air India flights from certain VIPs.
Normally, the free baggage allowance extends to 20 kilogrammes for a passenger but Air India has been deemed lenient when dealing with special requests, especially from VIPs who fly with the national carrier.