Hand Luggage Allowance on British Carriers

Size and Weight Limits for Hand Luggage on British Carriers:

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Carry-on Luggage

Airlines, especially the budget airlines are merciless when it comes to charging for your luggage.  Although most have a luggage allowance of 20 kg for check-in bags, many now raise revenue by charging a fee for checking in your luggage in the hold.   The luggage check-in fee of up to £15.00 each way may just drive the budget conscious traveller to take a carry-on luggage only.

Flying with A Carry On Only

But, just in case you think you can do away with your check-in luggage, bear in mind that many of the budget airlines have weight and size restrictions on your carry bag as well.

It’s worthwhile paying attention to individual airline’s restrictions as travellers can be asked to have their carry-on bag weighed. ‘Reason’ says that those without a check-in bag should be allowed a higher carry-on limit as the airline is saving fuel for not transporting a 20 kg checked-in bag.  But, this is purely a money-raising exercise and there’s no point in putting forward this argument.

If you are intending to travel with a carry bag only for your holidays, then consider, as far as possible, using airlines that have no weight limit for the carry-on luggage.

The following are size and weight limits for carry-on luggage:

BMI
55 x 40 x 23 cm – No weight limit (must be able to lift luggage into overhead locker, unaided)

BmiBaby
55 x 40 x 20  cm – 10  kg

British Airways
56 x 45 x 25cm – No weight limit (must be able to lift luggage into overhead locker, unaided)

EasyJet
56 x 45 x 25 cm – No weight limit (must be able to lift luggage into overhead locker, unaided)

Flybe
50 x 35 x 23 cm – 10 kg

Jet2
56 x 45 x 25 cm – 10 kg

Monarch
56 x 45 x 25 cm – 10 kg

Ryanair
55 x 40 x 20 cm – 10 kg

Thomas Cook
48 x 28 x 23 cm – 5 kg

Thomson
55 x 40 x 20 cm – 5 kg

Virgin Atlantic
56 x 36 x 23 cm – 6 kg

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