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The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is considering a proposal to allow airlines to charge for cabin baggage. Consumers who choose not to carry such baggage will be rewarded for travelling light in the form of an incentive scheme, or ‘zero baggage fare’, according to broad guidelines being firmed up by airlines in consultation with the regulatory body.

The DGCA, which received an application to introduce ‘zero baggage fare’ from no-frills carriers such as IndiGo, SpiceJet and AirAsia India, has held a round of consultation with the airlines.“Airlines had sought permission to abolish the concept of free baggage and provide incentives to passengers who travel without luggage. We are trying to formulate a mechanism to ensure the discount is uniform across airlines, and to allow airlines to charge for check-in baggage,” said a senior DGCA official, who did not wish to be identified. Under the proposal, passengers who travel light will get discounts while booking tickets.