The Jakarta Post
Excess baggage payment counter at an airport. (Shutterstock/Hadi Djunaedi)
We may see a rise in traveling light as low-cost airlines such as Lion Air and its subsidiary Wings Air apply a zero kg checked baggage policy. As a result, passengers have to purchase prepaid tickets available for 5, 10, 15, 20 and a maximum of 30 kg of checked baggage, unless they intend only to travel with cabin baggage.
Danang Mandala Prihantoro, corporate communications strategist of Lion Air Group, said in a press release in late August that the zero kg checked baggage policy applied to domestic and international flights with Lion Air and Wings Air.
“In accordance with developments in the air travel market, Lion Air and Wings Air are imposing rates for checked baggage on domestic and international flights,” said Danang.
Prepaid tickets for checked baggage are available for purchase at the Lion Air website or Lion Air group ticket counter.
If the checked baggage weighs more than the prepaid quota, passengers have to pay for an excess baggage ticket. The prices vary according to flight distances, as seen on the list below:
As for Lion Air’s subsidiary Batik Air, checked baggage up to 20 kg is complimentary, but charges apply for excess baggage, for instance Rp 33,000 per kg from CGK-JOG and Rp 70,000 per kg for CGK-KNO.
Apart from encouraging passengers to travel light, Danang also recommends showing up at the airport approximately two hours prior to departure time. (ran/mut)