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Lion Air, Wings Air to charge for checked baggage

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, January 4, 2019  /  07:01 pm
Lion Air, Wings Air to charge for checked baggage

In a statement issued on Friday, Indonesia's largest low-cost carrier announced that domestic flights of Lion Air and Wings Air will no longer include a free baggage allowance of 20 kg and 10 kg per passenger, respectively. (Shutterstock/File)

Lion Air and its subsidiary Wings Air will charge customers an additional fee for checked baggage starting next Tuesday.

In a statement issued on Friday, Indonesia's largest low-cost carrier announced that domestic flights of Lion Air and Wings Air will no longer include a free baggage allowance of 20 kg and 10 kg per passenger, respectively.

"Passengers who purchased their tickets before Jan. 8 are still entitled to have the 20 kg of free baggage allowance for Lion Air and 10 kg for Wings Air," read the statement.

Under the new rules, each passenger (excluding babies) is allowed to bring one piece of cabin baggage weighing a maximum of 7 kg with dimensions not exceeding 40 x 30 x 20 centimeters, as well as one personal item, such as laptop bag, baby equipment, reading material, binoculars or handbag.

The Lion Air Group carriers also announced that several items tied together or wrapped into one would not be considered one carry-on item. 

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Passengers are advised to purchase pre-paid baggage voucher through tour and travel agencies, the Lion Air website or Lion Air Group ticket sales offices. Fees for the pre-paid baggage will be more affordable when bought at the same time when passengers purchase their flight ticket or at least six hours prior to departure.

According Lion Air Group corporate communications strategist Danang Mandala Prihantoro, the pre-paid baggage fee would be Rp 42,000 (US$3) per 5 kg, Rp 83,000 per 10 kg, Rp 124,000 per 15 kg and Rp 165,000 per 20 kg. 

The airline also offers an excess baggage ticket to help passengers minimize paying high additional fees that will be applied due to excess baggage.

Regarding power banks, passengers are only allowed to bring a maximum of 100 Wh or 20,000 mAh capacity to the cabin. Power banks of higher capacity will have to be reported to the group's ground staff and formally permitted. Passengers carrying power banks with a capacity exceeding 160 Wh are not allowed to bring the gear with them on the airplane. 

"During flight, passengers are prohibited from using power banks," stated the company, adding that passengers should also check in at least 120 minutes prior to departure to minimalize long queues at check-in counters.

"Lion Air Group check-in counters at the airport will close 30 minutes prior to departure for domestic flights and 45 minutes for international flights." (kes)

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