Updated: Oct 16, 2019
It's going....Deep breaths...Pray!
Yes, your bike - your most prized possession! ;-)
For all those who plan to fly with their bikes in India, here are the special baggage rules from all the airlines consolidated for you here.
Please note, while we will try to keep this post updated, the airlines may change the rules from time to time so do check directly with your airline too.
(For rules on International Airlines, click here.)
They are upfront about their charges- a no-nonsense, reliable airline- no surprises here!
“Bikes are considered as special baggage. IndiGo will levy a fee of Rs. 1200 (or equivalent in foreign currency) for Domestic flights, and Rs. 2500 (or equivalent in foreign currency) for International flights, for any Special Baggage that is submitted as Checked Baggage. This fee will be applied over and above any Excess Baggage charges that might be applicable.”
Basic baggage allowance is 25kg…10kg more than most others in Economy. So that’s a big plus.
But when I checked on their website they have NO rules for bikes bags. When I called them…after 17 mins (12 mins hold time and 3 transfers) they tell me “They will tell you the oversize baggage handling charges at the airport” !!! So- it is a gamble! I would think it will depend upon the mood of the check-in people!
GO AIR and SPICE JET:
GoAir (and Spice Jet) will levy a fee for any Oversized Baggage and/ or Special Baggage like Sports/Skiing equipment, golf bags, bicycle, including cartons, whose dimensions (L + W + H) exceed 158 cms, submitted as Checked Baggage. This fee will be applied over and above any Excess Baggage charges that might be applicable. The fee will apply per piece of Checked Baggage, per Sector. The weight of such baggage will be considered part of the permissible baggage allowance and standard excess baggage charges, if applicable, will be levied.
For any baggage weights exceeding the applicable free checked baggage allowance, the normal excess baggage charges will be charged in addition to the handling fee of Rs. 1000 (domestic- as per my conversation with Go air on the phone) and Rs. 2000 (international -written on website) as “oversize baggage”.
They have no mention of “special sports equipment”. Just a generic policy for oversize bags.
“Over"sized Baggage: TSAL will charge a flat fee of Rs.2000/- (per Check-in Baggage, inclusive of all taxes), if exceeding the permitted dimensions of 158 cms.”
If you have any personal experiences while flying with a bike, please do share them here. It will help the community immensely.
Disclaimer: Fees and policies are current as of July 15, 2019, and may change without notice.