Looking for checked baggage allowance information, including luggage size, weight and charges? Find all the facts you need about airline baggage restrictions in this handy table, plus, get tips on avoiding excess baggage charges and checking in online.

Airline Free baggage allowance Extra baggage charges Max. size and weight
Aer Lingus No free allowance €15-€65* per bag No size restriction

32kg per bag, or 40kg across 2 bags

Air France 1 bag free £21-£80 per bag 158cm total (length + width + height)

23kg per bag

British Airways 2 bags €50-€75 per bag on flights within Europe

€70-€150 per bag on international flights

90 x 75 x 43cm

32kg per bag

Delta 1 bag free €23-€85 per bag, depending on route 157cm total

23kg per bag

easyJet No free allowance £13-£35 per bag 275cm total

20kg per bag

Emirates First 20kg-30kg free, depending on route Fees depend on route

10% discount online

300cm total


Etihad Airways 1-2 bags free depending on route $70-$120 2nd bag
$160 3rd bag
$195 extra 32kg bag

20% discount online

207cm total

23kg per bag

Flybe No free allowance €30-€73 per bag No size restriction

20kg per bag or 40kg total

Jet2 No free allowance £10-£45 per bag No size restriction

22kg per bag

KLM 1-2 bags free, depending on route From €10.50 per bag online

€55-€300 at airport

158cm total

23kg per bag

Lufthansa 1 bag free €75-€350 per extra 23kg

€125-€450 for baggage 23kg-32kg

158cm total

23kg per bag

Monarch No free allowance €15-€50 per bag 81 x 119 x 119cm

26kg or 40kg across 2 bags

Norwegian 1 bag free £7-£80 per bag, depending on route 300cm total

32kg per bag

Qatar Airways First 30kg free $25-$70 per kg 300cm total

30kg per bag

Ryanair No free allowance £10-£40 per bag 81cm x 119cm x 119cm


Thomas Cook Airlines 15kg-20kg free, depending on route £15-£90 booked in advance

£10 per kg at airport

158cm total


Thomson Airways 15kg-20kg free on package holidays From £15 on flight-only deals No size restriction


Turkish Airlines 2 bags free From €5 per kg, depending on route No size restriction

20kg per bag

Virgin Atlantic 1 bag free £65 2nd bag

£140 per additional bag

90 x 75 x 43cm

23kg per bag

Vueling Airlines No free allowance €13-€35 for 1 bag

€40-€70 for 2 or more bags

No size restriction

23kg per bag

Things to remember...

  1. Buy extra checked baggage online in advance. Higher fees may apply for extra bags or overweight/oversize baggage at the airport.
  2. Airline baggage allowances stated in this table are based on standard economy flights to and from Europe, and are per person, per flight.

How to check in luggage online

Most airlines allow you to check in and print your boarding pass online before you travel. If you have free checked baggage on your flight, or have purchased checked baggage, you'll still need to drop any luggage off at the desk, but usually the 'baggage drop' is a much quicker option than the full airport check in (and often a shorter queue!) Ryanair, for example, allows passengers with booked seats to check in up to 30 days ahead of departure, or between four days and two hours before if you have unallocated seats. You'll just need to print out your boarding pass, or download the mobile version to show at the airline's desk or self-service machines. Then simply swan past to security with your hand luggage. Breezy.

What's not allowed in check-in luggage?

Airline baggage rules regarding restricted items generally apply to hand luggage only, although the following items are banned or restricted in checked baggage:

  • Wrapped gifts might be opened by security if they are in your hold luggage
  • Firearms, flares and explosive material, including replicas
  • Aerosols, fuels or flammable liquids, including lighter fluid, although one lighter is allowed on your person in the cabin on most airlines
  • Turpentine or paint thinner
  • Bleach
  • Spray paint

Can I take laptops on a plane?

Restrictions on laptops and other large electronic devices in hand luggage have been introduced on some flights from the Middle East and North Africa, and may be extended to flights from the UK to the US, but for now you can still pack these items in your checked baggage. Read the full description on the laptop ban here.

Are there restrictions on liquids in checked luggage?

You'll be glad to hear that the hand luggage restrictions on liquids do not apply to checked in baggage, so you're free to bring back jam/honey/your favourite tipple from abroad! Just make sure alcohol is under the following limits: 110 litres of beer, 90 litres of wine and 10 litres of spirits are allowed if you're coming from within EU, or 16 litres of beer, four litres of wine (not sparkling) and one litre of spirits if travelling from outside the EU. Get the full story on what liquids you can and can't take in your hand luggage here.

Restrictions apply to liquids in hand luggage only

What if my hold luggage is overweight or oversized?

You'll usually need to pay a fee for overweight or oversized checked baggage. It's nearly always cheaper to do this online in advance, so if you know you're going to exceed the checked baggage weight allowance, it might be worth purchasing a few extra kilos in advance. Excess baggage fees start from just £9* per kilo with budget airlines like Norwegian Air, but you can also check what your airline charges for excess luggage in this comprehensive guide.

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