JAKARTA, 14 January 2019: Travel got a little more expensive with the New Year as low cost airlines Lion Air Group including its subsidiary, Wings Air, scrapped free checked baggage allowances.
Thai Lion Air last week notified passengers it was ending its free-checked baggage allowance on all flights, effective 15 January.
Just a week earlier, the two Indonesian airlines part of the same Lion Air group scrapped the 20kg and 10kg allowances.
Passengers must purchase a checked baggage allowance from their travel agent, or on online from the airline’s website, or when checking in at the airport.
Travellers who booked before 8 January are exempt from the new fee.
Passengers on both Lion Air and Wings Air continue to have a 7kg allowance for a single carry-on bag, but are allowed just one additional item such as a laptop bag, baby-care supplies, reading materials, binoculars or a handbag.
Hand-carried items cannot exceed dimensions of 40 cm x 30 cm x 20 cm.
The airline said it would not allow passengers to tie or tape items together to form a single carry-on piece of luggage.