Hand Luggage Size

Hand Luggage Size

Hand luggage size guidelines are set by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) . They are not mandatory however  and individual airlines can and do vary their requirements.

55cm x 40cm x 20cm would seem to be the most common but here’s a list to help.

These hand luggage sizes and baggage allowances change from time to time so do check on the carrier’s site. We’ve provided a shortcut link where possible.

Airline  H (cm)  W (cm)  D (cm) Max Kg
Adria Airways hand luggage size 55 40 23 8
Aer Lingus (Intl) 55 40 24 10
Aer Lingus Regional 48 33 20 7
Aeroflot 55 40 20 10 to 15 *
Aerosvit Airlines 55 40 20 6 to 16 *
Agean Airlines 55 40 20 8
Air Asia 56 36 23 7
Air Astana 55 40 20 8
Air Baltic 55 40 20 8
Air Berlin 55 40 20 6
Air Canada 55 40 23 10
Air China 55 40 20 5 to 8 *
Air Europa 55 35 25 10 to 14 *
Air France 55 35 25 12
Air India 55 40 20 8
Air Malta 55 40 20 10 to 15 *
Air Mauritius max 115 cm (H + W + D) 7
Air Moldova 50 40 25 8
Air New Zealand Intl. 51 37 24 7
Air New Zealand Jet 51 37 24 7
Air New Zealand Link 48 34 23 7
Air Transat 51 40 23 10 to 15 *
Alitalia 55 35 25 8
American Airlines 56 36 23
Aurigny 48 36 20 6 – 10 **
Austrian Airlines 55 40 23 8
Blue Air (Romania) 55 40 20 ?
Blue1 (Finland) 55 40 23
Blu-Express (Italy) 55 40 23 6
Blue Islands 40 30 20 6
BMI hand luggage size 55 40 23
British Airways 56 45 25 23
Brussels Airlines 55 40 23 6 to 16 *
Bulgaria Air 55 40 23 10
Carribean Airlines max 114 cm (H + W + D) 8
Czech Airlines  56 45 20
Condor (Germany) 55 40 20
Cathay Pacific 56 36 23 7 to 15 *
Croatia Airlines 55 40 20 8
Cyprus Airways 55 40 23 8
Delta hand luggage size 56 36 23
Eastern 56 45 25 10
EasyJet hand luggage size 56 45 25
Egypt Air 55 40 23 8
Etihad Regional (Swiss) 55 40 20
El Al 56 45 25 8 to 24 *
Emirates 55 38 20 7
Estonian Air 56 45 25 8
Finnair 56 45 25 8
First Choice  55 40 20
FlyBe 55 40 23 10
Germanwings  55 40 20 8
Gulf Air 55 40 30 9
Gulf Air Economy 45 40 30 6
Helvetic (Switzerland) 55 40 20 5
Hong Kong Airlines 56 36 23 7
Iberia 56 45 25 10 to 18 *
Inter Sky (Germany) 55 40 20
IcelandAir max 115 cm (H + W + D) 10
Japan Airlines 55 40 25 10
Jat Airways max 115 cm (H + W + D) 8
Jet2.com 56 45 25 10
KLM hand luggage size 55 35 25 12 to 18 *
Kuwait Airways 56 36 23 7
Lot Polish Airlines 55 40 23 8
Lufthansa 55 40 23 8
Luxair 55 35 16 7
Malaysia Airlines 56 36 23 7
Manx2 50 35 22 10
Meridiana (Italy) 55 40 20 6
Monarch  56 40 25 10
Montenegro Airlines 55 40 20 10
Norwegian 55 40 23 10
Pegasus 55 40 20 8
PrimeraAir  54 45 25
Quantas max 105-115 cm (H+W+D)* 4 to 7 *
Rossiya 55 40 20 8 to 10 *
Ryanair hand luggage size 55 40 20 10
SAS Scandinavian 55 40 23 8
Sata Azores 55 40 20 6
Smart Wings (Czech) 56 45 25 6
Scandjet (Sweden) 50 35 223 6
Skywork Airlines 55 40 20 8
South African Airways 56 36 23 8
Srilankan Airlines 46 36 20 7
Sun Express (Turkey) 55 40 20 6
Sunwing Airlines 51 40 23 5
Swissair 55 40 23 8
Tap 55 40 20 8
Tarom 55 40 20 10
Thomas Cook Airlines 55 40 20 5
Thomson  55 40 20 5
Transaero Airlines max 115 cm (H + W + D) 10
Tunisair 55 40 25 8 to 10 *
Turkish Airlines 55 40 23 8
Ukraine International Airlines 55 40 20 7 to 12 *
United Airlines 56 35 23
US Airways 56 36 23 18
Vietnam Airlines 56 36 23 7
Virgin Atlantic 56 36 23 6
Vueling (Spain) 55 40 20 10
Wideroe 55 40 20 8
Wizz Air – Small (Hungary) 42 32 25 10
Wizz Air – Large (Hungary) 56 45 25 10
 * dependent on class booked
** dependent on destination

 

Hand Luggage Size and Dimensions

‘Hand Luggage’, is simply the luggage you take on board the plane

Basically, hand luggage allowance is the amount of hand luggage you are allowed to take on board the aircraft. This allowance is limited and can be restricted to both the size of your baggage and also the weight.

All hand luggage that is carried on board the plane will need to pass through the airport security scanners.

With the introduction of the low cost airlines and the ever increasing cost of checking-in hold luggage, more and more people are opting for the cheaper options of traveling light, with only their hand luggage.

Even some of the larger holiday companies have now started to charge an additional fee for check-in baggage. All these allowances and restriction only add to the frustration of booking your flight and then packing for your trip.

Surprisingly enough, it is amazing just how much you can fit into teh limited hand luggage size and how such a small amount is actually adequate for your trip. However, despite this being the case, you still need to know how much hand luggage allowance you are allowed before you actually start packing!

Hand luggage size guidelines are set by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) . They are not mandatory however  and individual airlines can and do vary their requirements.

Unfortunately, there isn’t ‘one single’ rule that applies to all airlines regarding ‘hand luggage size’. If this was the case, it would make it far easier for passengers to understand, especially passengers that fly on a regular basis with many different airlines.

There is considerable amount of confusion regarding how much you can take on board the aircraft in terms of hand luggage’. Each Airlines’ ‘hand luggage allowance’ varies in both size dimensions and weight.

Some airlines allow you to take hand luggage on board FREE of charge, so long as you do not exceed a certain weight. Some airlines allow you to take hand luggage on board with no weight restriction, so long as your hand luggage does not exceed a certain hand luggage size. Some airlines place restrictions on both size and weight, whilst other airlines do charge for hand luggage.

The bottom line is very simple. If you do not comply with the terms and conditions regarding ‘hand luggage allowance’ of the airline to which you are flying with, you will be charged a fee.

Each airline has their own policy with regards to hand luggage size. However, the measurements of 55 x 40 x 20cm are the guidelines to what most ‘cabin approved’ bags and suitcases are made to.

If you buy one of these ‘Cabin Approved’ bags then you know that your bag will be ok and can travel with the that piece of mind.

 

 

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