Flight baggage allowance guide: Baggage allowance for easyJet, British Airlines, Ryanair, TUI and more

Flight baggage allowance guide: Baggage allowance for easyJet, British Airlines, Ryanair, TUI and more

Flight baggage allowance guide: Baggage allowance for easyJet, British Airlines, Ryanair, TUI and more

When planning your holiday, it is very important to be clear about the baggage allowance you are entitled to. This ensures that you can pack efficiently and avoid high check-in costs upon arrival at the airport.

We’ve researched 10 of the most popular airlines in the UK to find out exactly what you’re entitled to before you take off.


Ryanair allows one “small personal bag” per passenger in its cabins. It should fit under the seat in front of you and measure approximately 40cm x 20cm. To take more on board, you’ll need to pay between £7 and 27 (depending on route) for a Priority seat with two cabin bags – the second baggage allowance can be a wheeled suitcase up to 10kg. It must not be larger than 55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm.

You can also prepay between £11 and £35 to add a 10kg hold luggage for the hold. No cabin baggage is allowed for an infant (from 8 days to 23 months) traveling on an adult’s lap, but the airline does allow a baby bag weighing up to 5 kg (dimensions: 45x35x20cm) per child.

Duty-free bags are allowed in the cabin along with your hand luggage. Ryanair warns about your “small personal bag”: “If a customer’s free small bag does not fit the bag size, the customer will be required to pay £45.99 at the gate and their bag will be tagged and placed on the plane. and is collected from the baggage claim at the destination.”


EasyJet passengers are allowed to take one bag on board as hand luggage. There is no weight limit, but it must not exceed 45cm x 36cm x 20cm (including handles and wheels).

If you would like to bring one more piece of cabin baggage on board, you have the option to purchase a front seat or extra legroom (from £7.99), where available, which includes an additional piece of cabin baggage measuring 56 x 45 x 25 cm. You can also pay to take a second piece of hand luggage with you when booking or via Manage My Booking prior to travel.

Each customer, including children and infants, can purchase up to three space bags. A standard checked baggage is 23 kg. No item must weigh more than 32 kg and the maximum total size (length + width + height) must be less than 275 cm.

EasyJet says, “If you’re not sure if your cabin baggage will fit within our size limits, you can use our handy baggage measurement tool in our app (iOS only).”

British Airways

The amount of free hand baggage that British Airways offers depends on your destination.

In general, passengers are allowed to have one handbag or laptop bag that does not exceed 40 cm x 30 cm x 15 cm and does not exceed 23 kg, plus one additional carry-on bag that does not exceed 56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm and does not exceed is greater than 23 kg. Infants under two years of age are allowed to carry one piece of cabin baggage for items needed during the flight, no larger than 56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm and no larger than 23 kg.

As with cabin baggage, the amount of checked baggage each passenger is entitled to varies depending on your destination and ticket type. A checked bag must not exceed 90cm x 75cm x 43cm, including handles, pockets and wheels, and weigh 23kg. The weight limit applies to each bag and it is not possible to divide the total weight between several bags. Check what you are entitled to in the ‘Manage my booking’ section of the BA website.

Regarding flight routes that may be operated by another (codeshare) airline, British Airways says: “Flying with a partner airline? Your cabin baggage allowance may be different – please take a moment to check the airline’s baggage policy.”


On Jet2 flights, passengers are allowed to take on board one piece of hand baggage with a maximum weight of 10 kg and no larger than 56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm, including any wheels and handles.

The airline says, “You may also bring a small, personal item on board (such as a handbag, laptop bag, or airport purchase), as long as it is placed under the seat in front of you.”

You can also pre-book “Guaranteed Cabin Baggage” for an additional fee – if you have purchased this service, you will not be asked to place your cabin baggage in the hold.

Customers are also entitled to purchase up to three 22kg checked bags (£8-45 each, depending on route) per person.


The baggage allowance available on Emirates flights is dependent on the class of travel, fare type and membership level (if applicable). Economy Class passengers are allowed one piece of hand baggage that is no larger than 55 cm x 38 cm x 20 cm and no larger than 7 kg.

Economy Class customers can check in up to 32kg, depending on the fare type, paying around £13-34 per piece, depending on the route. Passengers in all three classes can check in a maximum of 10 pieces of baggage, as long as it remains within the allowed weight limit for their class of travel.

Virgin Atlantic

Hand luggage is included as part of all Virgin Atlantic tickets. Depending on your fare type, you may be entitled to carry more than one piece of baggage.

Whichever class you are in, your bag cannot be larger than 23 cm x 36 cm x 56 cm. For all Economy and Premium types, which can weigh up to 10 kg. For the Upper class you can take two hand luggage bags of 12 kg or one of 16 kg. Parents of babies and toddlers aged 0-23 months are entitled to one extra bag per child weighing up to 6 kg.

Of the three economy classes, the ‘Economy Light’ fares do not include checked baggage, while the ‘Economy Classic’ and ‘Delight’ tickets do. It can measure up to 90 x 75 x 43 cm and weigh up to 23 kg. Premium and Upper Class passengers are entitled to more.

The airline says: “If you’re traveling with other people, you can’t combine your baggage allowance, so you need separate bags for each person that are within the allowed amount.”


All Flybe passengers are entitled to one standard carry-on baggage no larger than 45cm x 36cm x 20cm, including wheels and handles, and weighing up to 7kg. It should fit under the seat in front of you.

Any other luggage comes with a more expensive “bundle”. To check in a 15kg bag, you can buy the flybe Smart Bundle, while the Plus bundle comes with a 23kg checked bag. Each individual bag in the hold must weigh 32 kg or less. Or you can pay from £15 to add a 15kg checked bag to your booking; 23kg costs £20.

It also offers a “valet bag” service, which allows you to leave and collect 12kg of luggage from the plane stairs, meaning you can skip the baggage retrieval on arrival and get priority boarding.

Thomas Cook Airlines

Thomas Cook Airlines passengers are entitled to one piece of hand baggage that does not exceed 55cm x 40cm x 20cm and does not exceed 8kg. You are also allowed to bring a small personal item, such as a small ladies handbag or a small wrist bag or a small bag with a shoulder strap or a laptop bag.

Babies are not allowed carry-on baggage allowance. Infant milk or baby food can be carried within the parent/guardian’s hand baggage allowance.

For checked baggage, the standard checked baggage allowance is 15 kg on short-haul flights, 20 kg on long-haul flights and 23 kg to the US.

Qatar Airways

Economy Class passengers flying with Qatar are allowed to bring one piece of hand baggage weighing up to 7 kg. Checked baggage varies depending on destination and fare type, but must not exceed 158cm in length + width + height, or weigh more than 32kg.


Economy passengers flying with Qantas are entitled to a single piece of hand baggage weighing no more than 10 kg each or two weighing up to 14 kg, although your entitlement depends on your ticket type. This can be a 10kg bag measuring 56cm x 36cm x 23cm, or two pieces measuring 48cm x 34cm x 23cm, weighing no more than 10kg each for a total of 14kg . Qantas has handy schedules on its website that show how you can divide this surcharge. On flights from Delhi, India, the economy weight limit is 7 kg.

The airline says: “There is no cabin baggage allowance for infants. Food and diapers needed during a flight may be carried in addition to the accompanying adult’s cabin baggage allowance.”

Economy passengers on international flights (excluding the Americas) are entitled to 30 kg of checked baggage, no larger than 158 cm, while premium and business passengers are entitled to 40 kg. No piece can exceed 32 kg; while the overall dimensions for each piece should not exceed 158cm.