Heavier flyers should pay more for air fares than lighter passengers in proposals for a controversial new airline pricing scheme.
Weight and space should be taken into account when flight companies price their tickets, a Norwegian professor has said.
Supporters of the pay-as-you-weigh scheme say heavier flyers require more expensive jet fuel to be burned, which costs more and hurts the environment.
The scheme's author, Dr Bharat P Bhatta, put forward three proposals to lead to an airport weigh-in:
- Fare according to actual weight. Charging passengers according to how much they and their belongings weigh, fixing a rate for kilograms per passenger so that a person weighing 60kg (132lbs or nine stone 6lbs) pays half the airfare of a 120kg (264lbs or 18 stone 12lbs) person.
- Base fare minus or plus an extra charge. This option involves charging a fixed base rate, with an additional charge for heavier passengers to cover the extra costs. Every passenger could have a different fare according to this option.
- Same fare if the passenger has an average weight, but discounted/extra fare for low/excess weight below/above a certain limit. This option results in three types of fares: high fares, average fares and low fares.
Dr Bhatta, of the Sogn og Fjordane University College, said she preferred the third option.
Outlining her plans in this month's Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management publication, she wrote:
The journal's editor, Dr Ian Yeoman, gave his backing to her argument, adding: