Daily Archives: 24/1/2006

Baggage Allowance

I’m becoming a bit of a frequent flyer to Finland at the moment, to see my partner who is studying there, so I thought I would investigate the baggage allowance of various airlines. Im going to see how easy it is to travel with only cabin baggage so I wont need to stand in front of those carrousels for hours waiting for my checked luggage. I missed my coach last time doing just that. Below are the cabin and checked baggage allowances for BA, Ryanair and Finnair. (Please check with your airline before you travel as these things could change…)

Ryanair –
Checked baggage – 15kg per person (no infant allowance). 81×119×119 cm.
Hand baggage – 10kg per person. 55×40×20 cm.

British Airways (World Traveller – Euro Traveller – UK Domestic – BA Connect) –
Checked baggage – 23kg.
Hand baggage – 6kg total. 55×40×20 cm. EDIT – 11/12/07 – ONE cabin bag, no bigger than 56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm (approximately 22 inches x 17.5 inches x 9.85 inches). You must be able to lift it into the overhead lockers.

Finnair – (Economy – Finland -> Europe, Middle East, Far East, Africa, Central and South America -> Finland)
Checked baggage – 20 kg.
Hand baggage – 8 kg 55×40×20 cm. EDIT – 11/12/07 – ONE cabin bag, no bigger than 56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm (approximately 22 inches x 17.5 inches x 9.85 inches).

I like the extras that Finnair allow: In addition to the above, you may bring into the cabin an overcoat, a small handbag, a walking stick, a small camera or binoculars, children’s food and a reasonable amount of reading material. That’s if you can get through the door!

Interestingly Ryanair are the most generous for hand baggage, but I think this is purely so they can reduce the allowed checked baggage in an effort to save even more money. What surprises me most however is just how little weight you are allowed for hand baggage with British Airways.