Pay what you weigh airfares

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Last updated 09:30 26/03/2013

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A Norwegian professor has suggested that airlines adopt a pay-as-you-weigh pricing scheme.

Under this recommendation, heavier passengers would have to fork out more for an airline ticket, while lighter ones would not have to pay such a hefty price.

In this month's Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management, Dr Bharat P Bhatta argues that weight and space should be taken into account when an airline prices its tickets. This could be one way to accommodate rising fuel prices an other costs.

The professor, from Norway's Sogn og Fjordane University, has put forward three suggestions.

The first charges passengers according to the total weight of themselves and their belongings.

The second includes a base fare with added fees to cover extra costs for heavier passengers. Under this scheme, every passenger could end up paying a different fare.

The final idea is a flat price for passengers who are within an average weight and excess fees or a discount for anyone who falls outside of the average. This results in high fares, average fares and low fares.

Bhatta said, "As weight and space are far more important in aviation than other modes of transport, airlines should take this into account in pricing tickets."

What do you think? Would you like to see this pricing scheme adopted? Leave a comment below:

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