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From 31 January 2018, we have made some changes to our global baggage allowance. If you purchased your ticket before this date, please click here. If not, you’ll find everything you need to know about our baggage allowance policy below. 

Maximum weight and dimensions
- Maximum dimensions – to / from Canada and the US: 158cm (50x70x38)
- Maximum dimensions – to / from all other destinations: 207cm (45x72x90)
- The weight of each item must not exceed 32kg. Any item in excess of 32kg will not be accepted for carriage.

The above applies to all baggage including pre-purchased excess baggage. Baggage that exceeds the limits and dimensions, such as sporting equipment, will be subject to applicable fees and surcharges.

The baggage allowance applicable to your outward journey will also apply to your return flight, unless you have booked two separate tickets.

Click on your journey below to view your baggage allowance.

Note: Baggage allowances may differ on flights operated by other airlines. Please refer to the “baggage allowance with partner airlines” section below for more information.

  • Economy Class: 2 bags, up to 23kg each
  • Business Class: 2 bags, up to 32kg each
  • First Class: 2 bags, up to 32kg each
Fare Choices' tiers
  • Economy Class: 40kg
  • Business Class: 40kg
  • First Class: 50kg

Note: The weight of each item must not exceed 32kg


Africa: Kenya, Nigeria, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Egypt, Sudan, Morocco

Fare Choices' tiers
  • Economy Class: 40kg
  • Business Class: 40kg
  • First Class: 50kg

Note: The weight of each item must not exceed 32kg

 

Africa: Kenya, Nigeria, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Egypt, Sudan, Morocco
GCC: UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia


Fare Choices' tiers
  • Economy Class: 40kg
  • Business Class: 40kg
  • First Class: 50kg

Note: The weight of each item must not exceed 32kg

Fare Choices' tiers
  • Economy Class: 40kg
  • Business Class: 40kg
  • First Class: 50kg

Note: The weight of each item must not exceed 32kg

 

GCC: UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia

Fare Choices' tiers

  • Economy Deal, Saver and Classic: 30kg
  • Economy Flex: 35kg
  • Business Class: 40kg
  • First Class: 50kg

Note: The weight of each item must not exceed 32kg

Fare Choices' tiers
  • Economy Deal, Saver and Classic: 30kg
  • Economy Flex : 35kg
  • Business Class: 40kg
  • First Class: 50kg

Note: The weight of each item must not exceed 32kg

 

GCC: UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia
Indian Subcontinent: India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

Fare Choices' tiers
  • Economy Deal, Saver and Classic: 30kg
  • Economy Flex: 35kg
  • Business Class: 40kg
  • First Class: 50kg

Note: The weight of each item must not exceed 32kg

 

GCC: UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia
Indian Subcontinent: India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh

Fare Choices' tiers
  • Economy Deal, Saver and Classic: 30kg
  • Economy Flex: 35kg
  • Business Class: 40kg
  • First Class: 50kg

Note: The weight of each item must not exceed 32kg

 

Europe: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Russia Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom

Fare Choices' tiers
  • Economy Deal, Saver and Classic: 30kg
  • Economy Flex: 35kg
  • Business Class: 40kg
  • First Class: 50kg

Note: The weight of each item must not exceed 32kg

 

Europe: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Russia Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom
Asia: China, Hong Kong (SAR of China), Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Kazakhstan
GCC: UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia 

  • Economy Deal, Saver and Classic: 30kg
  • Economy Flex: 35kg
  • Business Class: 40kg
  • First Class: 50kg

Note: The weight of each item must not exceed 32kg

  • Economy Deal, Saver and Classic: 30kg
  • Economy Flex: 35kg
  • Business Class: 40kg
  • First Class: 50kg

Note: The weight of each item must not exceed 32kg

  • Economy Deal, Saver and Classic: 30kg
  • Economy Flex: 35kg
  • Business Class: 40kg
  • First Class: 50kg

Note: The weight of each item must not exceed 32kg

 

Europe: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Russia Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom

  • Economy Deal, Saver and Classic: 30kg
  • Economy Flex: 35kg
  • Business Class: 40kg
  • First Class: 50kg

Note: The weight of each item must not exceed 32kg

policy illustration
  • Economy Deal: Hand baggage only
  • Economy Classic and Saver: 30kg 
  • Economy Flex: 35kg
  • Business Class: 40kg
  • First Class: 50kg

Note: The weight of each item must not exceed 32kg

Family in airport
  • Economy Deal: 23kg
  • Economy Saver and Classic: 30kg
  • Economy Flex: 35kg
  • Business Class: 40kg
  • First Class: 50kg

Note: The weight of each item must not exceed 32kg

Each guest is entitled to 4 pieces, up to 32kg each.

Experience The Residence 

The Residence Bedroom

To/from USA and Canada: 1 bag (up to 23kg)
To/from all other destinations: up to 10kg

Guests travelling with infants or children up to 11 years old are permitted to check in one stroller, pushchair, carrycot or approved car seat per infant/child as checked baggage. This is free of charge in addition to the ticketed checked baggage allowance.

Learn more on preparations for travel with children

Mother and infant

Hand baggage (carry-on) allowance

You may prefer to carry a small cabin bag. This bag must fit into the overhead storage within the cabin or below the seat in front of you in our economy class. The dimensions including any wheels, handles or pockets must not exceed 115cm (50+40+25), equivalent to 45 linear inches. If your bag exceeds the set limits, you will be asked to check your baggage into the hold and additional baggage charges may apply.

Carry-on hand baggage allowance for all destinations
JourneyEconomy ClassBusiness ClassFirst ClassInfants
All destinations 1 bag, up to 7kg 2 bags, up to 12kg in total + 1 foldable garment bag 2 bags, up to 12kg in total + 1 foldable garment bag 1 bag, up to 5kg

Personal Items

In addition to your cabin baggage allowance, you may also carry any of the following personal items on board with you, as long as the total weight does not exceed 5kg.

  • Handbag, pocketbook or purse
  • Overcoat, wrap or blanket
  • Small umbrella or walking stick
  • Small camera and / or binoculars
  • A few books, magazines or a newspaper
  • Infant carry basket, carry cot or booster seat
  • Braces or prosthetic devices (if essential)
  • Briefcase, portable PC or laptop
  • Mobile phones

Oversized baggage

We understand that sometimes you need to carry items larger than the checked baggage standard dimensions detailed above. If your baggage exceeds standard dimensions but still within the maximum weight limit of 32kg per piece, we will charge a small oversized baggage fee per one way flight, as follows:

Flights Fee

- Flights within Middle East
- Flights between Middle East and Indian Subcontinent
- Flights between Beijing and Nagoya

USD40

- All other flights, including US and Canada                                                      

USD60

Individual items of baggage exceeding 32kg in weight, or with any single dimension longer than 300cm will not be accepted.

Exemptions from oversized baggage charge
Select sports equipment is exempted from the oversized baggage fee as long as the equipment falls within is the free baggage allowance and does not exceed maximum dimensions of 300cm. Read more in sports equipment section.

Baggage allowance for Etihad Guest members

Etihad Guest loyalty membership card

Travelling is more rewarding as an Etihad Guest member. Enjoy exclusive baggage benefits along with other rewards.

Learn more about my member benefits

Baggage allowance with partner airlines

PassportIf your Etihad Airways ticket itinerary includes flights operated by other airlines, different baggage rules may apply.

Please click on the list of partner airlines below to determine if Etihad’s baggage policy or the partner airline’s policy applies.


If your ticket is issued by another airline, please consult that airline to determine the applicable baggage rules. For existing bookings, your ticket will have full details of your baggage allowances for each flight in your itinerary.

View list of partner airlines

Etihad Airways baggage policy applies for the following airlines:

  • Aegean
  • Aer Lingus
  • Aerolineas Argentinas
  • air Baltic
  • Air Canada
  • Air France
  • Air Malta
  • Air New Zealand
  • Air Serbia
  • Air Seychelles
  • Alitalia
  • All Nippon Airways
  • American Airlines
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Avianca
  • Bangkok Airways
  • Belavia
  • China Eastern Airlines
  • Czech Airlines
  • Egypt Air
  • FlyBE
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • Hainan Airlines
  • Hong Kong Airlines
  • Jet Airways
  • JetBlue
  • KLM
  • Korean Air Lines
  • kulula.com
  • Lufthansa
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Middle East Airlines
  • Montenegro Airlines
  • NAS Air
  • Oman Air
  • Pakistan Int'l Airlines
  • Philippine Airlines
  • Precision Air
  • Royal Air Maroc
  • Scandinavian Airlines
  • Siberia Airlines
  • SN Brussels Airlines
  • SNCF
  • Sri Lankan Airlines
  • TAP - Air Portugal
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Vietnam Airlines
  • Virgin Australia

Partner Airlines baggage policy applies for the following airlines:

  • Air Astana
  • Air Europa
  • China Southern
  • Kenya Airways
Aegean
Aer Lingus
Aerolineas Argentinas
air Baltic
Air Canada
Air France
Air Malta
Air New Zealand
Air Serbia
Air Seychelles
Alitalia
All Nippon Airways
American Airlines
Asiana Airlines
Avianca
Bangkok Airways
Belavia
China Eastern Airlines
Czech Airlines
Egypt Air
FlyBE
Garuda Indonesia
Hainan Airlines
Hong Kong Airlines
Jet Airways
JetBlue
KLM
Korean Air Lines
kulula.com
Lufthansa
Malaysia Airlines
Middle East Airlines
Montenegro Airlines
NAS Air
Oman Air
Pakistan Int'l Airlines
Philippine Airlines
Precision Air
Royal Air Maroc
Scandinavian Airlines
Siberia Airlines
SN Brussels Airlines
SNCF
Sri Lankan Airlines
TAP - Air Portugal
Turkish Airlines
Vietnam Airlines
Virgin Australia

Frequently Asked Questions

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1. Why has Etihad Airways launched a new baggage policy?
As of 31 January 2018, we have redesigned our baggage policy to better cater to our guests needs.
 
Our objective was to bring our baggage allowance in line with our guests’ expectations and competitor offerings in each of the markets we operate in. The changes mean a simpler policy as all markets (excluding US and Canada) will now be based on total weight, rather than the number of checked in bags.
 
2. What kind of bookings will be impacted by the changes in the baggage policy?
Our new baggage policy applies to all bookings made on or after 31 Jan 2018.
 
3. Will anything change on the sports equipment policy?
No, we haven’t made any changes to the carriage of sports equipment. To find out more about baggage allowances for sports equipment, click here. 
 
4. Is the checked baggage allowance for infants changing?
No, we continue to offer ample baggage allowance to make travelling with infants stress-free.
From / to the US and Canada: 1 piece 23kg
From / to all other destinations: 10kg
 
5. After making my booking, I realise that I need to take more baggage. Can I pre-purchase extra baggage?
You can pre-purchase additional baggage up to 48 hours before your flight departs. If you buy online, you will save 20% on airport rates.
 
View rates and ways to pay.
 
Please note: The excess baggage rates listed are applicable to all bookings made before or after 31 January 2018.  Pre-purchased excess baggage is non-refundable.

6. What happens if I exceed my baggage allowance?
If you exceed your baggage allowance, but remain at 32kg or below for any one piece of luggage, you can purchase additional baggage at the airport. You can also pre-purchase additional baggage online up to 48 hours before you fly, and enjoy up to 20% off airport rates. 
 
Maximum weight and dimensions
Maximum  dimensions – To / from Canada and the US: 158cm (length + width + height)
Maximum  dimensions – To / from all other destinations: 207cm (length + width + height)
Important: Any single bag weighing more than 32kg will not be accepted for carriage.
 
7. I booked my ticket(s) before 31 January 2018, but my travel date is after then. Does the new or old policy apply? 
Tickets purchased before 31 Jan 2018 will not be affected by the change, no matter the date of travel.
  
8. I purchased my ticket before 31 January 2018, and now need to make changes to my itinerary. Which baggage policy applies?
For changes that require us to reissue your ticket, the new baggage policy will apply to your journey.