IndiGo, the largest Low Cost Carrier in India has announced a hike in seat selection charges. Selection charges for the front seats also called the XL seats have been increased to Rs 2,000.
This comes just a week after the airline withdrew its additional fuel surcharge. In October month, the airline implemented a fuel surcharge ranging from Rs 300 to 1,000 based on the distance of the journey.
Inerglobe Aviation, the parent company of IndiGo has announced a tremendous hike in seat selection charges. If someone wants to pick their desired seat while traveling, they have to pay an additional seat selection charge. This comes under the ancillary revenue of IndiGo.
With effect from January 4, the airline has hiked prices of its XL seats to Rs 2,000. XL seats, referring to Extra Large Seats are seats, that have extra legroom and more space compared to an Economy class cabin. Selection charges, which previously ranged from Rs 150-1,500 have now been increased to Rs 150-2,000. The upper end has registered a price growth of 33 percent.
Fleet Wise Domestic Charges
IndiGo’s website is now updated with the latest seat selection charges. The airline charges differently for domestic and international travelers. Here is a fleet-wise look at domestic charges.
IndiGo operates the Airbus A321neo fleet with two configurations, one with 222 seats and the other with 232 seats. For Aisle/Window XL seats in front, the airline is charging Rs 2,000. For the middle seat in the same row, it is charging Rs 1,500.
Here are the domestic charges:
Charges for Airbus A320 fleet:
For ATR Fleet, the highest seat selection charge is Rs 500.
International Seat Selection Charges
The airline has different seat selection charges for international passengers. The charges go up to Rs 3,000 for booking front XL seats. Here is an outlook of the Airbus A321neo fleet:
On short-haul international routes, the airline utilizes its Airbus A320neo and A320ceo fleet. Here are the seat selection charges:
IndiGo has leased Boeing 777s of Turkish Airlines for operating flights between India and Istanbul. The airline feeds the Indian traffic to Turkish Airlines by utilizing two high-capacity Boeing 777s with more than 500 seats. The seat selection charges go up to Rs 3,500 here.
At web check-in, the airline continues to offer a free selection of seats with the option to select an auto seat. After a recent hue and cry, the web check-in has been made optional by the airline. This makes it difficult for families with children to travel together. Often, parents are seen requesting at checkpoints that their family should be seated together.
Several airlines in the West like United, Frontier, and JetBlue make sure that a family traveling on the same PNR gets seats next to each other.
Source: Hindustan Times