Indian aviation inches towards pre-covid normalcy with baggage policy easing

In view of the restrictions due to the coronavirus, the MoCA had instructed all the airlines to amend their baggage policies and allow only one item as check-in baggage

Indian aviation inches towards pre-covid normalcy with baggage policy easing
Passengers at the Delhi airport. Image courtesy: Twitter/ @DelhiAirport

Bringing more relief to air travellers, and moving another step towards normalcy in air operations that have been badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) made changes in its check-in baggage policy on September 23. The ministry, in its office memorandum, said that from September 25, “the baggage limitation would be as per the airlines’ policy".

In view of the restrictions due to the coronavirus, the ministry had instructed all the airlines to amend their baggage policies and allow only one item as check-in baggage.


"In response to the latest advisory issued by the government regarding check-in baggage, we shall be restoring the pre-covid baggage allowance effective September 28. Customers’ convenience and safety remain our topmost priorities,” said a spokesperson of full-service carrier Vistara.

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When domestic scheduled commercial passenger flights resumed from May 25, after remaining shut for two months, the MoCA had issued detailed guidelines for airlines, airports, passengers and other stakeholders, which included a restriction on luggage. The ministry had allowed only one check-in bag at that time.

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Gradually, these restrictions were lifted and finally, now passengers will be able to travel with more bags. Airlines have also resumed in-flight meal services which were restricted earlier. All air travel came to a standstill after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a nationwide lockdown from March 25. Domestic operations were restarted on May 25 in a graded manner.