Minister of Civil Aviation, India: Stop airlines from charging for musical instruments, irrespective of weight and size limits
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Musicians and sports-people are ambassadors of our culture across the world. But instead of being supported by the airlines, we are being exploited by them!!! The Ministry of Civil Aviation recent directive of 'unbundling' of fares is ONLY a hog wash in the name of reducing fares.. It only means giving less service and facility for the flyer and charging more for giving what was normal earlier. Over these years, when did air fares ever reduce? Even so called low cost airlines charge as much as Air India or Jet! What can explain why the Ministry of Civil Aviation / DGCA has reduced Baggage allowance to a measly 15kgs when 20 kgs is the norm around the world?? For every kg above 15kgs, the airlines are charging upto Rs 250 per kg!! What exploitation & greed is this??? This hurts everyone who travels!! In addition, the DGCA has directed that we musicians and Sportspersons have to now pay a TAX of Rs 1000 for each musical instrument/ sports gear, no matter how small or light it be!! Even after charging that tax, the airlines take NO responsibility for the damage!! So this so called 'Special handling fee results in broken instruments- proof of which is in the attached photos and articles! http://www.mid-day.com/news/2013/may/160513-special-airline-fee-for-musical-instruments-hits-the-wrong-note.htm What’s even more outrageous is that the airlines have been charging this fee even before the official order from the DGCA. In the above video my friend Raghu Dixit was charged Rs. 4000 extra in Nov 2012, just because he was carrying a small case of bamboo flutes that weigh as much as a laptop!! Please sign my petition, spread the word to your friends and tell the Director General/ Ministry of Civil Aviation to scrap this outrageous TAX levied for carrying musical instruments and sports equipment and increase baggage allowance for all musicians/ dancers and sports people to 30 kgs, when they fly with any airline in India.
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