The policy for suitcase sizes for cabin luggage and checked bags always depends on the airline that operates your flight. Low cost airlines tend to have smaller hand luggage allowances while the traditional airlines tend to stick to the dimensions 56 x 45 x 25cm.
Because of the confusion this can cause, we’ve decided to make life a little easier and compile all the information related to luggage size and weight restrictions for Ryanair, British Airways, Vueling, Air France, and easyJet flights.
Ryanair Baggage Allowance
Ryanair Cabin Luggage Allowance
Each passenger (except infants) can take one piece of hand luggage on-board Ryanair flights for free. One bag per passenger is allowed in addition to one smaller personal item (gone are the days of stuffing your purse, camera, or shop purchases into your hand luggage). The main piece of luggage must not weigh more than 10kg and cannot exceed the Ryanair baggage allowance size which is: maximum dimensions 55 x 40 x 20 cm. The second item, which can include a handbag, briefcase, laptop, camera, shop purchases, etc. must not be larger than 35 x 20 x 20cm.
Ryanair Checked Luggage Allowance
For health and safety reasons Ryanair does not allow articles that weigh more than 32kg or have dimensions larger than 81 x 119 x 119 cm. This weight limit does not apply to mobility equipment.
Each passenger may check two bags in total paying the applicable checked baggage fee (15 to 20kg) when making the initial reservation. The extra baggage fees apply per person / per flight and are cheaper when booked ahead of time online. Checked baggage allowances can also be pooled, meaning customers included in the same Ryanair flight booking can share their total baggage allowance. For example, if two travelers (on the same reservation) have paid for two 15kg checked bags then one of the travelers can bring a bag weighing 17kg and the other traveler one at 13kg.
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British Airways Baggage Allowance
British Airways Cabin Luggage Allowance
The British Airways carry-on baggage allowance states that the standard measurements for baggage cannot exceed 56 x 45 x 25 cm, including handles, pockets and wheels and the second bag or laptop bag cannot exceed 45 x 36 x 20 cm.
Cabin luggage must fit into the bag gauge which simulates the size of the overhead bins provided at the ticketing counter or under the passenger seat.
British Airways Checked Luggage Allowance
British Airways has a free checked baggage allowance, which varies depending on the class of travel and type of ticket you book. Additional bags may be subject to a fee.
Routes that are operated by a different airline on behalf of British Airways may have different baggage allowances.
In some routes the aircraft used by these airlines are smaller than those used by British Airways, so the cabin space is limited, meaning the weight and size limits are also lower.
Read more about the British Airways baggage allowance policy
Vueling Baggage Allowance
Vueling Cabin Luggage Allowance
Each passenger may carry one piece of hand luggage on Vueling flights with a maximum weight of 10kg and dimensions that do not exceed 55 x 40 x 20 cm. The only exception is for Excellence Fare passengers, as they are allowed to bring up to 14kg of hand luggage.
In addition, each passenger is allowed to carry one of the following items at no additional charge: a small purse or wallet, a coat or travel blanket, a laptop, or camera.
While at the boarding gate, bags that breach the Vueling Airlines baggage rules, ie exceeding the amount, weight or measures stipulated, will cost €30 per bag.
Vueling Checked Luggage Allowance
Passengers traveling on the Basic Fare can purchase checked luggage. The price is between €13-25 per flight and suitcase. Passengers traveling on the Optimum Fare or Excellence Fare have 23kg of checked baggage included in their ticket price.
The 23kg can be in one suitcase or distributed in numerous suitcases as long as the total does not pass 23kg. Any luggage over 23kg will be subject to an overweight baggage fee which is €12/extra kilo.
To check more bags on Vueling flights you can do so online or by calling Customer Service. Passengers can pay to bring up to 50kg each, with a maximum weight of 32kg in one single piece of luggage. Passengers that have not paid to check their bag ahead of time will pay an increased fee of €35 per flight and suitcase.
easyJet Baggage Allowance
easyJet Cabin Luggage Allowance
The easyJet baggage allowance for hand lugagge is one piece with the maximum dimensions of 56 x 45 x 25 cm and a max weight of 10kg. Handbags, briefcases, and laptops count as one bag as well so if you will need to check a bag paying the fee is you arrive at the boarding gate with too many items. If you want to guarantee that your cabin bag travels onboard with you, the easyJet new cabin bag guaranteee states the maximum size is reduced to 50 x 40 x 20 cm.
easyJet Checked Luggage Allowance
Luggage is not free to check on easyJet flights, each passenger must pay a hold luggage fee between €13-25/£10-20 during the online booking process to bring a maximum of 20 kg. There is no limit to the amount of hold luggage you may check, but the total for all articles cannot exceed 20 kg.
Read more about easyJet luggage restrictions
Jet2 Baggage Allowance
Jet2 Cabin Luggage Allowance
The Jet2 hand luggage policy states passengers may bring on-board one piece of cabin luggage with maximum dimensions of 56 x 45 x 25 cm and a maximum weight of 10 kg. Any bags passing these limits will be checked into the hold at an additional fee.
Jet2 Checked Luggage Allowance
Jet2 does not offer a free checked baggage allowance. Passengers that need to check a bag can pay ahead of time online during the booking process, or at the airport for an increased fee. Each passenger can check up to three bags with a maximum weight of 22 kg per bag, however allowances may be pooled. This means that if you pay for two checked bags on one booking you can bring a total of 44 kg distributed between the two bags, but no individual piece of luggage can weight more than 32 kg.
Read more about Jet2 luggage restrictions
Air France Baggage Allowance
Air France Cabin Luggage Allowance
The Air France carry-on regulations state that cabin luggage must respect the defined dimensions of 55 x 35 x 25 cm including pockets, wheels, and handles. Passengers are also allowed one personal item (laptop, briefcase, handbag, etc). The total allowed weight for the two pieces items can not pass 12kg.
Air France Checked Luggage Allowance
If your luggage exceeds 158 cm (length + width + height) or the authorized weight 23kg you must pay an extra fee. Checked luggage on Air France flights can not weigh more than 32kg legally, bags passing this limit will not be allowed to fly.
ATTENTION: If your baggage exceeds the permitted weight and measurements established by each company they may remove it and load it into the hold of the aircraft, sometimes at an additional cost.