IndiGo, India’s largest carrier in terms of the number of passengers carried, has decided to withdraw the charge on pre-selection of middle seats in its domestic and international flights.
The airline announced on Monday that it will not charge for pre-booking of middle seats in their aircraft, except for the seats in rows 1, 12 and 13.
“The feedback of our fliers is of utmost importance to us and as a result, with immediate effect, IndiGo will not charge for pre-booking of any of its middle seats (except for rows 1, 12 and 13),” IndiGo said in a statement.
The announcement comes after civil aviation ministry, on Friday, asked carriers to refrain from putting a price tag on all seats (especially the middle seats) in their aircraft.
The ministry’s order came a day after The Indian Express reported that IndiGo had put a price tag on the selection of seats.
This was done following a government order on April 29 that allowed airlines to unbundle services and charge for them. Jet Airways too announced reduction in free baggage limit and introduced charges for selection of seats, with the exception of the middle seat, in the short-haul international sector.
Air India had also reduced free luggage limit in the domestic sector.