Pune: Now passengers travelling on Go Air flights will have to ensure that they carry lesser things in their hand-baggage. In a bid to reduce fuel costs, the airline company has announced that passengers will now be allowed only 7 kg hand baggage as against the 10 kg baggage allowed earlier. The move will come into effect from June 1, announced chief executive officer of Go-Air, Giorgio De Roni.
Airline officials explained that aircraft’s take-off weight is calculated on certain assumptions, including the estimated weight of hand bags, depending on number of passengers on a flight. The total aircraft weight is used for calculating fuel requirement. Announcing that reducing fuel costs will help in their long term plan to reduce prices of tickets, Roni said the new move is expected to help airlines save a ‘significant’ amount, while refusing to share any actual statistics.
Talking about the Pune sector, he added that the lone flight connecting the two IT destinations of Pune and Bengaluru has been the most popular route so far, with over 80% occupancy. This had prompted the airline to start a second flight starting May 1. Not only this, the airline has started another flight between Pune and Nagpur, keeping in mind its high occupancy rate and demand from the same date.
“As on date we are operating flights to seven different destinations from Pune,” he said. Adding that the airline had started a customer feedback survey from November 2013, Roni said that approximately 7,000 passengers had sent in feedback every month since then. “One of the main concerns of passengers was in-flight food service, and hence we have decided to re-design the food on-board system and the research is currently in progress for the same,” he said.
Schedule for new flights from May, 2014: