Budget Airlines Seek Fatter Margins from Optional Extras

      February 25, 2016 09:35

      Low cost carriers are trying to boost their profitability by offering optional extras like meals and priority baggage handling.

      Jeju Air said Wednesday that inflight food and beverages generated W223 million in sales last year, almost doubling from 2014 (US$1=W1,234). Among the options, pot noodles, beer, ready-to-eat rice and seaweed soup accounted for 59 percent.

      Jeju Air also plans to introduce an option that allows passengers to retrieve their luggage faster for an additional fee of W3,000 per bag on domestic flights and W5,000 on international flights.

      The bags will be labeled differently and loaded last so that they are the first to roll out after landing.

      There are also extra charges for emergency exit row seats, which have more legroom. T'Way Air charges W2,000-5,000 more on domestic flights and between W5,000-20,000 for international flights depending on the destination.

      Jeju Air charges an additional W10,000-40,000 for an empty next seat and W100,000 for empty seats on either side on some flights. 

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