- IATA/ICAO Code:
- LH / DLH
- Airline type:
- full service conveyor
- Frankfurt Airport, Munich Airport
- Year Founded:
- star alliance
- Airlines group:
- Lufthansa Group
- Executive Director:
- Karsten Spur
Flying between India and North America is not easy these days. With rising fuel prices, airlines are also forced to reduce passenger amenities and offer to continue operations. Now, passengers considering flying with Lufthansa on these routes will have to forego much more money to carry more than one check-in bag.
Lufthansa reduces baggage allowance
While travelers from India traveling to North America have multiple options (non-stop or single-stop flights) for airlines, the same cannot be said for baggage allowance. Departure terminals at major Indian airports often witness heavy baggage trolleys for flights to the US and Canada, but Lufthansa’s new policy now calls for an additional charge for a second check-in bag.
Lufthansa will now charge all economy class passengers traveling between India and North America for a second check-in bag. Photo: Airbus
From August 1, the German carrier will start charging passengers additional fees who travel between India and North America for a second check-in bag for economy seats. However, those who booked the flight on or before July 31 are exempt from this rule.
From now on, an economy passenger on Lufthansa will have to pay an additional 200 euros online or 250 euros at the airport for each extra bag. For a return trip, that adds up to €400 to €500 extra on the ticket price.
A leading travel agent in India has shared Lufthansa’s connections with The Times of India, which said,
“From August 1, 2022, the Lufthansa Group’s free check-in baggage policy has been aligned with its partners Atlantic Joint Venture, United Airlines and Air Canada. On all routes between India and North America (US, Canada, Mexico, etc.) Lufthansa Group and its partners will offer a piece One of the free baggage in economy class.
The new policy applies to all reservations made from August 1st. Photo: Boeing
The decision to reduce baggage allowance is likely rooted in the current rise in fuel prices and the resulting financial challenges.
A large portion of passenger flight revenue comes from the goods you transport. By charging a second check-in bag for economy class passengers, Lufthansa hopes to free up cargo space on its planes to generate much-needed extra cash these days.
Air India is still very generous
When it comes to generous baggage allowance for flights between India and North America, Air India is at the top. Passengers’ preference for non-stop flights has certainly increased after the coronavirus, but for Air India, in particular, its generous baggage policy is also a factor in the popularity of its flights to the US and Canada.
A quick comparison of the fares and baggage policies of several players competing for passengers in the India and North America segment shows why many travelers prefer to fly with Air India, despite the issues with its services. Below are the economy fares and baggage allowance for a one-way ticket from New Delhi (DEL) to Chicago (ORD) for September 30:
- Air India: $870 (two 23kg bags allowed)
- United Airlines: $1,317 (one 23kg bag allowed)
- Lufthansa: $1,756 (one 23kg bag allowed)
However, Air India faces competition from airlines in the Middle East. For example, for the same ticket (DEL-ORD, September 30), Emirates offers an economy seat for $853 plus two free 23kg bags.
But given current fuel prices, it remains to be seen if Lufthansa is an exception or more carriers will follow in its footsteps as well.
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Source: The Times of India