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Airlines can charge for preferred seats, check-in bags: Govt

First published: April 29, 2013, 8:50 PM IST | Updated: April 29, 2013
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Airlines can charge for preferred seats, check-in bags: Govt
The govt has decided to permit scheduled airlines to unbundle certain services and to charge fees for those services separately.

New Delhi: In a move that would raise the cost of air travel, the government on Monday said it has allowed airlines to charge passengers for preferred seats on a flight, check-in baggages and meals, among other things.

"Civil aviation minister Ajit Singh has decided to permit scheduled airlines to unbundle certain services and to charge fees for these services separately," an official release said.

The services for which the airlines would be free to charge passengers include preferential seating, meals, snacks, drinks (barring drinking water), check-in baggages, use of airline lounges, carriage of sports equipment and musical instruments and valuable baggages which have higher carrier liability.

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