IndiGo will charge a passenger Rs 100 service fee if he or she wants to check-in at the airport counters from 17 October onwards, the airline said in a statement.
The aviation ministry had in May made it mandatory for passengers to do web check-in so as to reduce touch points at the airport amid the coronavirus pandemic. Once web check-in is done, the online boarding pass is issued by the airline to the passenger.
“IndiGo has introduced a service fee of INR 100 for check-in at the airport counters effective 17 October, 2020,” said the statement.
“We encourage all passengers to web check-in as per the Government directive, using our website or mobile app. The check-in fee at the airport counters is applicable on all bookings made, starting from today i.e. 17 October, 2020,” it noted. The low-cost carrier said it is committed to take all precautionary measures for a contactless and hassle-free travel experience for its customers.
Scheduled domestic passenger services resumed in India on 25 May after a gap of two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Scheduled international passenger flights continue to remain suspended in the country since 23 March due to the pandemic.
The low-cost carrier said it is committed to take all precautionary measures for a contactless and hassle-free travel experience for its customers.
This additional charge also comes at a time when the aviation industry is grappling with losses amid curbed travel. The Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) had said in a statement in August that India’s aviation industry requires a capital infusion of around $5 billion for it to stay afloat. It further added that the consolidated industry losses is expected to be as much as $6-6.5 billion this fiscal due to COVID-19.
Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases in recorded an increase of 62,212 new cases as active cases dropped below the 8 lakh mark for the first time in 1.5 months, Union Health Ministry said.
India recovered 70,816 infected patients in a span of 24 hours. India recorded recorded 837 fatalities in the last 24 hours.
India’s total COVID case tally stands at 74,32,681 including 7,95,087 active cases, 65,24,596 cured/discharged/migrated cases and 1,12,998 deaths, announced the Union Health Ministry.