Packing would be so much easier if all airlines had the same baggage policies but sadly we all know that is not a reality. The size and weight restrictions on the amount of hand luggage you are allowed to bring on board the aircraft varies greatly between airlines and can leave you with a nasty fine if you don’t adhere to your specific airline’s strict guidelines.
Eliminate the stress of short haul flights within Europe by referring to our easy-to-follow cabin baggage guide, below, which lists information on the allowances for short haul flights with a selection of leading European airlines.
|Airline||Allowance||Max. Dimensions||Max. Weight|
|Aer Lingus||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||55cm x 40cm x 24cm + 25cm x 33cm x 20cm||10kg|
|Air France||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||55cm x 35cm x 25cm inc. handles/wheels + 40 x 30 x 15 cm||12kg combined|
|British Airways||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||56cm x 45cm x 25cm + 40 x 30 x 15cm||23kg each|
|Delta||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||56cm x 35cm x 23cm||No weight restriction *|
|easyJet||1 cabin bag||56cm x 45cm x 25cm inc. handles/wheels||No weight restriction|
|Emirates||1 cabin bag||55cm x 38cm x 20cm||7kg|
|Etihad Airways||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||50cm x 40cm x 25cm + 40cm x 30cm x 15cm||7kg + 5kg|
|Flybe||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||55cm x 35cm x 20cm||10kg combined|
|Jet2||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||56cm x 45cm x 25c inc. handles/wheels||10kg|
|KLM||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||55cm x 35cm x 25cm + 40 x 30 x 15 cm||12kg combined|
|Lufthansa||1 cabin bag||55cm x 40cm x 23cm||8kg|
|Norwegian||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||55cm x 40cm x 23cm + 25cm x 33cm x 20 cm||10kg combined|
|Qatar Airways||1 cabin bag||50cm x 37cm x 25cm||7kg|
|Ryanair||1 cabin bag||40cm x 20cm x 25cm||No weight restriction|
|Thomas Cook Airlines||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||55cm x 40cm x 20cm||6kg|
|TUI Airways||1 cabin bag||55 x 40 x 20 cm||5kg|
|Turkish Airlines||1 cabin bag||55cm x 40cm x 23cm||8kg|
|Virgin Atlantic||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||56cm x 36cm x 23cm||10kg|
|Vueling Airlines||1 cabin bag + 1 personal item||55cm x 40cm x 20cm + 35 cm x 20 cm x 20 cm||10kg|
|WOW Air||1 personal item||42cm x 32cm x 25cm inc. handles/wheels||10kg|
|* Except for the following airports: Singapore (7kg), Beijing (10kg) and Shanghai (10kg)|
|Personal items include handbag, briefcase, laptop computer, camera bag, crutches, umbrella, etc|
|Table updated on 26 December 2018|
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*Updated December 2018. Information correct at the time of publication and is subject to change. For additional information, please see the airline website for full details regarding sizing and up to date fees.