Jet Airways tweaks rule on check-in baggage. Only one piece allowed
There is some bad news for Jet Airways flyers and holiday goers. On Friday, Jet said that economy class passengers can check in only one piece of luggage that weighs not more than 15 kg. Premiere class passenger will be allowed two free check-in bags, each weighing not more than 15kg.
The rule will come into effect from July 15.
Jet Airways is the first airline in India to introduce restrictions on the number of check-in bags. Other airlines too may follow suit.
“Jet Airways is revising the baggage concept from weight to piece for sales effective June 15 and travel effective July 15. Starting June 15, Jet will be moving to “single-bag concept” on flights within India,” a note said.
The new rules won’t apply to those who bought tickets before June 15.
Jet’s rationale is that the restriction on the number of bags that can be checked in has been in place on their international flights for about a year now. This is because fewer the number of bags that need to be loaded onto an aircraft or unloaded means quicker the turnaround time for the aircraft. Moreover, if space is freed in the belly-hold of an aircraft due to restrictions on the number of bags, that can be used by the airline to carry cargo and earn extra revenue.
Flyers were quick to respond. One flyer said very soon air travellers would be asked to check in naked.