Luggage allowance of UK airlines

The ever-changing luggage or baggage allowances of airlines is one of the most irritating factors for airline passengers, delays aside obviously. The luggage policies have gotten stricter lately, as mostly budget airlines have limited carry-on luggage to an absolute minimum. However, larger airlines such as KLM and British Airways no longer allow you to bring free checked luggage on your flight as well. We keep you updated on the latest in luggage world.

man on the plane with his backpack

Baggage allowance of UK budget airlines

Budget airlines have changed their carry-on allowances last year. Especially Ryanair and easyJet have gotten stricter and only allow you to bring one item on board with you. Ryanair now even charges you €10 for your trolley. EasyJet is very strict when it comes to any extra bags. They have to fit into your trolley or you have to pay.
Airline Items of carry-on Measures and weight carry-on Price of checked luggage Weight of checked luggage
TUI UK 1 item 5 kg – 55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm Included (package holiday) 15 kg
Thomas Cook 2 items 6 kg – 55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm Included (package holiday) 15 – 20 kg
easyJet 1 item No weight limit – 56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm €8 - €38 15 kg
Ryanair 1 small bag 10 kg – 40 cm x 20 cm x 25 cm €25 20 kg 1 item 10 kg -  56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm €10 - €50 22 kg
Flybe 2 items 10 kg – 55 cm x 35 cm x 20 cm €34 23 kg

Airlines and baggage allowance

Passengers flying with airlines such as British Airways, KLM and American Airlines are also noticing the price changes in travelling with luggage. Most passengers on long-haul flights are travelling with checked baggage. This used to be free, but airlines have changed their ticket prices. The ‘light’ tickets no longer accommodates free checked baggage up to 23 kg. You now have to pay for that and it does not come cheap. We compared the prices of checked luggage with some of the largest airlines. It seems like the American and European airlines are the ones to charge you for luggage, whereas Asian and Middle eastern airlines do not.
Airline Price of checked baggage on short-haul flights Price of checked baggage on long-haul flights Weight of checked baggage
KLM €25 €40 23 kg
British Airways €25 €45 23 kg
American Airlines - €50 23 kg
Singapore Airlines - Free 30 kg
Etihad Airways - Free 23 kg
What is your experience with checked baggage and the costs? Let us know.
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