Airline baggage allowances

Weights in kg, Size in cm

1Kg=2.2lb 2.54cm=1 inch

 

This chart is intended to help photographers with heavy expensive and fragile telephoto lenses choose which airlines to fly based on carry-on luggage limits. It is work in progress and any additional data is appreciated. Economy fares are assumed.

Please note that some airlines codeshare with other companies for the whole or part of a route. In this case the allowances may be the lower of the two companies. Where only one dimension is given, it is the total of width+length+height.

Green background = Lowepro Lenstracker 600 with 600mm lens compatible.
Note the 600 bag is 56cm high but bulges with Sigma 300-800mm lens. A bag of max carry-on size will fit the lens diagonal but with little padding.

Yellow background = compatible with my new bag 55 x 35 x 25 and at least 10kg

See also country specific regulations beneath table.

European union restrictions: Carry-on size now 56x45x25cm.

Fluids in 100ml max containers in a single transparent resealable plastic bag max 20cm x 20cm.
Spare lithium batteries should be in carry-on luggage with terminals covered. Equipment with installed lithium batteries is OK to check.

Airline

Checked

Carry-on

Carry-on size

Source

Date checked

Notes

British Airways

23kg

(90cm x 75cm x 43cm )

23Kg - must be able to lift in overhead.

Weight no longer stated on website.

(+laptop or handbag )
+musical instruments up to guitar size.

56x45x25cm

+Laptop or handbag 45x36x20cm including handles and pockets must go under seat.

www.britishairways.com

August 2010

Fee for overweight or oversize checked bags (up to 32kg, 240cm x 75cm x 65cm ) £30/ $50.

Additional checked bags £32 online, £42 at airport
Further additional bags £72 online, £90 at airport
Max 10 extra bags per person

2 bags allowed USA/Canada, Carribean, Nigeria, S. America, Kenya, Ghana, Mexico.

[Personal story]

Easyjet

20kg total weight*

Able to lift it overhead

56x45x25cm
One bag only

www.easyjet.co.uk

Jan 2011

*Checked bags are not free - cost displayed when booking. Up to 8 bags but total 20kg - additional £9/kg up to 50kg max.

Aeromexico

23kg x 2 (158cm)
23kg x1 USA
25kg within Mexico
32kg x 2 USA-Brazil-USA

10kg Plus briefcases, handbags, Laptop.

115cm

www.aeromexico.com

August 2010

Additional restrictions during holiday times - see website.

Monarch

20kg*

10kg Scheduled flights
5kg Charter flights

56x45x25cm

www.flymonarch.com

August 2010

*Scheduled flights checked bags cost 9.99 - 16.99 Pounds each way if booked online or 18 Pounds at the airport. There is no free allowance .

Excess baggage £23.50 per 3kg online (max 12kg) or £9 per kg at airport or by phone.

Charter flights normally 20kg total including the carry-on weight up to 5kg but check with tour company.

Continental

23kg x2 (157cm)
(32kg x2 to Brazil)

No free allowance within USA, Canada, Puerto Rico and US virgin

Most routes charge for 2nd bag. See airlines website

18kg (Plus a personal item except Belfast)

56 x35 x23cm

115cm

www.continental.com

October 2011

Personal item described as briefcase, purse, day planner, small laptop computer, camera case, compact disk player or similar sized personal entertainment item .

Continental are merging with United and the carry on depth has been reduced to 23cm.

 

[Personal story]

American Airlines

23kg x2* (157cm)

No free allowance within USA, Canada, Puerto Rico and US virgin

Most routes charge for 2nd bag. See airlines website

18kg total of 1 piece plus personal item

56x35x23cm

Personal item 91cm to fit under seat.

www.aa.com

August 2010

Iberia (Spain)

23kg

32kg Brazil

(158cm)

10kg plus small briefcase, handbag, small camera or video camera or binoculars, laptop.

115cm
(55x40x20cm)

www.iberia.com

August 2010

Kenyan

20kg (158cm). Some locations 30kg.

23kg x 2 Europe to Nairobi, Mombasa, Bangui, Malabo, Dar es Salaam, Entebbe, Khartoum, Kigali, Bujumbura, Lusaka, Lilongwe, Kinshasa and Addis return

10kg (Total weight )

56x36x20cm 1 piece

Briefcase or laptop size bag, small camera, ladies handbag allowed unconditionally.

www.kenya-airways.com

August 2010

Delta Airlines

23kg x2 Latin America,middle east, Africa, Europe, Canada
($50 for second bag)

32kg x2 Brazil if ticket purchased in Brazil or Japan

No free allowance within USA, Canada, Puerto Rico and US virgin islands. ($23 first bag, $32 2nd)

18kg (weight no longer stated on website)

56x36x23cm plus a personal item (Purses, briefcases, camera cases, and diaper bags or item of similar or smaller size)

www.delta.com

August 2010

Air France

Complex (From 20kg)

12kg (Total of 1 item and personal item)

55x35x25cm

www.airfrance.com

January 2010

Use the calculator on the website to find your checked allowance.

KLM

20kg

12kg (Including coat /blanket, walking stick, camera, small laptop etc)

55x35x25cm
(115cm USA)

www.klm.com

January 2010

Checked 2x23kg 115cm to USA/Canada some Africa (tickets state PC for piece concept)

[Personal story]

Aerogal
(Ecuador)

20Kg

10Kg (plus camera, video camera or laptop, blanket, handbag for women)

115cm

www.aerogal.com.ec

March 2010

Purchase annual VIP card for $400+tax to increase checked allowance to 30kg

United Airlines

23kg USA to Canada
23Kg USA/Canada to Caribbean/Mexico
20kg within Asia
2 x 32kg N. America to Brazil
2 x 23kg N. America to others

? no limit

56x35x23cm plus purse, briefcase or laptop, coat

www.united.com

August 2010

[Personal story]

AllegianAir

23Kg (127cm)* x2

?no limit

56x35x23cm
Plus personal item 48x40x23cm under seat

www.allegianair.com

August 2010

*Checked bags are not free
Between $14.99 and $29.99 for the first checked bag and $14.99 to $29.99 for the second checked bag will apply per person, per segment if paid at time of booking.

RyanAir

15kg total weight*

10kg

55x40x20cm

www.ryanair.com

May 2009

Checked bags £20 each way. Half price for 1st bag if booked online. Up to 3 bags allowed but 15kg combined weight limit. Additional kg £15 each. Online checkin costs £4 if booked online otherwise £10. Airport checkin costs £10 if booked online otherwise £40 (fees are each way).

[Personal story]

Flybe

20kg for a fee*
30kg free with economy plus

10kg

50x35x23cm
Plus laptop for economy plus

www.flybe.com

May 2009

Checked luggage fee £13 or £7.99 if booked online. Excess baggage £10/kg for 1st 3 kg, £15/kg for 4-6kg, £20 for every kg above 6 .

Austrian Airlines

20kg

8kg

55x40x23cm

www.aua.com

May 2009

23kg x2 checked for USA, Canada, Mexico

[Personal story]

Swiss Int.

20kg

8kg

55x40x20cm
Plus small camera

www.swiss.com

May 2009

23kg x2 checked for USA

Air India

20kg

8kg

55x40x20cm

www.airinia.com

May 2009

23kg x2 checked for USA

Air Greenland

20kg

8kg

50x40x23cm

www.greenland-guide.dk/gla/

May 2009

Lufthansa

20kg

8kg

55x40x20cm

www.lufthansa.com

May 2009

Checked baggage 23kg x2 long haul.

LAN (Equador, Peru, Chile)

23kg total (2 pieces)
Some routes 2 x 23kg

8kg
Premium economy 16kg

55x35x25cm

www.lan.com

May 2009

Checked baggage varies with route

S. African Airways

20kg

8kg

115cm

www.flysaa.com

May 2009

More checked to USA see website

Carribean Airlines

23kg x2

7kg

119cm + laptop sized bag or briefcase.

www.carribean-airlines.com

October 2010

Qantas

23kg

7kg
Premium economy 2 bags 7kg each

115cm (56x36x23)
Premium economy 2x 115cm

www.qantas.com

May 2009

Checked allowance varies

Air Seychelles

23kg

7kg

115cm

www.airseychelles.com

May 2009

20kg checked on regional sectors

Singapore Airlines

20kg

7kg

115cm

www.singaporeair.com

May 2009

Air Mauritias

23kg

7kg

115cm

www.airmauritius.com

May 2009

Emirates

See calculator

7kg

55x38x20
Exemptions may be granted for valuable or fragile items

www.emirates.com

May 2009

Etihad

20kg

7kg

115cm

www.etihadairways.com

May 2009

Qatar Airways

20kg
2x 23kg transatlantic

7kg

50x37x25cm

www.qatarairways.com

May 2009

Cathay Pacific

20kg

7kg + small camera, coat, notebook, laptop, briefcase 4kg (except Heathrow)

56x36x23cm

www.cathaypacific.com

May 2009

Eva Air

20kg

7kg

56x36x23

www.evaair.com

May 2009

Thai Air

20kg

7kg

56x46x25

www.thaiair.com

Aug 2007

Tame (Galapagos)

20kg

7kg

61x40x25cm

www.tame.com.ec

April 2008

Excess checked baggage 1% fare per kg if available.

Virgin Atlantic

23kg

6kg

56x36x23cm

www.virgin-atlantic.com

Dec 2008

Double checked on some routes but size restrictions

[Personal story]

British Midland

20kg

Able to lift in overhead + small personal item.

55x40x23cm

www.flybmi.com

April 2008

TAP Portugal

20kg

6kg

55x40x20cm

www.flytap.com

April 2008

Checked to Brazil, Caracas and NY is 2 x 23kg

Loganair (Scotland)

15kg

6kg

51x38x25cm

www.loganair.co.uk

April 2006

SN Brussels

20kg

6kg

55x40x20

www.flysn.co.uk

April 2006

23kg x2 checked to USA

Thomson Fly

Flight only customers 20kg (longhaul premium seats 23kg) if booked and paid for with ticket from £6.50 per item. Package holidays see ticket.

5kg

Premium seats 7kg

55x40x20cm

www.thomsonfly.com

May 2009

Excess baggage fees vary - 50% discount for advance online booking. Package tours have different allowances - see brochure or ticket.

Air Malta

20kg

5kg

50x45x18cm

www.airmalta.com

April 2008

[Personal story]

Varig (Brazil)

20kg

5kg

115cm

www.varig.com

April 2008

Some routes checked is 2 x 32kg.

Alitalia

20kg

5kg

55x35x25cm

www.alitalia.co.uk

Feb 2007

China Eastern

30kg

5kg

none stated

www.chinaeastern.co.uk

April 2008

TAM (Brazil)

23kg

5kg

55x40x20cm

www.tam.com

April 2008

2 carry-ons to Europe and USA except UK; Checked 32kg x2 to some dests inc Europe, USA.

KoralBlue

20Kg

5Kg

55x40x20cm

www.flykoralblue.com

April 2009

Malaysia Airlines

20kg

5kg

56x36x23cm

www.malaysiaairlines.com

Aug 2008

Link downloads a pdf file

Egyptair

20kg

8kg

55x40x23cm

www.egyptair.com

Sept 2010

More checked to USA see website

NatureAir
(Costa Rica)

13.6kg (127cm)

4.5kg

84cm

www.natureair.com

May 2009

No overhead compartments

Information supplied as a guide only. Please check individual airlines websites before making use of information.

Country specific regulations

(These are difficult to verify on Internet so they are based mainly on individual reports)
The lower of the Airline and country allowances will apply.

Germany maximum carry-on weight 8kg
New Zealand carry-on 7kg plus laptop plus ladies handbag (weight checked at security)
Australia - one report of 5kg limit from 1997 (can anyone verify this more recently ?)

UK - Carry-on size of 56x45x25cm 23Kg. Fluids must be in 100ml or smaller bottles. All bottles to be in transparent resealable plastic bag maximum size 20cm x 20cm. One plastic bag per person only.
Government guidlines now allow a second carry-on bag but see individual airlines restrictions plus not all airports comply yet.

UK Stanstead Airport - Carry on size maximum 56x40x20cm

Brazil - Congonhas Airport (SBSP/CGH - Sao Paulo's domestic airport) Hand luggage 5Kg 55cm tall. Source

Rio airport security would not allow my Monopod in hand luggage even though it collapsed to allowable size and was in the same bag as the longer 800mm f5.6 lens. They said it was because it extended and sent me back to check it in. Also they would not allow an allen key found in my pocket. Expensive equipment has to be declared on entering the country and they wanted all serial numbers listed so it would be wise to have a list ready. You then have to show the declaration and equipment before you go through security when leaving. BA pre-checkin assistant felt the weight of my carry-on bag and commented on the size but did not actualy weigh it - it was about 15kg and exactly allowable size.

Please be aware that restrictions that apply to specific countries or airports may also apply to flights that pass through them even though your journey does not start or end at them.