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New Baggage Policy starting from 14 September 2015

View baggage allowance for tickets issued before 14 September 2015 ►

We have introduced a new baggage policy that is tailor-made to the specific market needs. We shifted to a piece concept for the majority of our network, to further align with Etihad Airways Partners, meaning you can enjoy a more seamless travel experience.

Checked baggage allowance

Maximum weight and dimensions
- To / from Brazil, Canada and the US: 158cm (50x70x38)
- To / from all other destinations: 207cm (45x72x90)

Each item must not exceed 32kg. This applies to all baggage including pre-purchased excess baggage. Baggage that exceeds the limits and dimensions shall only be processed through Etihad Cargo.

Click on your journey below to view your baggage allowance.

To / from weight concept markets: journeys between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the Indian Subcontinent (ISC)
  • 1 bag, up to 10kg 
To / from piece concept markets: all other journeys
  • 1 bag, up to 23kg

All Fare Choices

  • Economy Class: 2 bags, up to 23kg each
  • Business Class: 2 bags, up to 32kg each
  • First Class: 2 bags, up to 32kg each

All Fare Choices

  • Economy Class: 2 bags, up to 32kg each
  • Business Class: 2 bags, up to 32kg each
  • First Class: 2 bags, up to 32kg each

This excludes South Africa and Seychelles (which fall into the general policy).

All Fare Choices

  • Economy Class: 2 bags, up to 23kg each
  • Business Class: 2 bags, up to 32kg each
  • First Class: 2 bags, up to 32kg each

All Fare Choices

  • Economy Class: 2 bags, up to 23kg each
  • Business Class: 2 bags, up to 32kg each
  • First Class: 2 bags, up to 32kg each

All Fare Choices

  • Economy Class: 2 bags, up to 23kg each
  • Business Class: 2 bags, up to 32kg each
  • First Class: 2 bags, up to 32kg each

All Fare Choices

  • Economy Class: 2 bags, up to 23kg each
  • Business Class: 2 bags, up to 32kg each
  • First Class: 2 bags, up to 32kg each

All Fare Choices

  • Economy Class: 2 bags, up to 23kg each
  • Business Class: 2 bags, up to 32kg each
  • First Class: 2 bags, up to 32kg each

All Fare Choices

  • Economy Class: 30kg
  • Business Class: 40kg
  • First Class: 50kg

All Fare Choices

  • Economy Class: 30kg
  • Business Class: 40kg
  • First Class: 50kg
  • Economy Breaking deals and Economy Saver Fare Choices: 1 bag, up to 23kg
  • Economy Value and Economy Freedom Fare Choices: 2 bags, up to 23kg each
  • All Fare Choices in Business Class: 2 bags, up to 32kg each
  • All Fare Choices in First Class: 2 bags, up to 32kg each

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

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Hand baggage (carry-on) allowance

The allowances below are for all Fare Choices. Each item must not exceed dimensions of 115 cm (40x50x21).

Carry-on hand baggage allowance for all destinations
Journey Economy Class Business Class First Class Infants
All destinations 1 bag, up to 7kg 2 bags, up to 12kg in total 2 bags, up to 12kg in total 1 bag, up to 5kg

Baggage allowance for Etihad Guest members

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

If 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.

Etihad Airways baggage policy applies for the following airlines:

  • Aer Lingus
  • Aerolineas Argentinas
  • Air Berlin
  • Air Canada
  • Air France
  • Air Liban
  • Air Malta
  • Air New Zealand
  • Air Serbia
  • Air Seychelles
  • Alitalia
  • All Nippon Airways
  • American Airlines
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Bangkok Airways
  • Belavia
  • Brussels Airlines
  • Czech Airlines
  • Etihad Regional
  • Flybe
  • FLYNAS
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • Hainan Airlines
  • Hong Kong Airlines
  • Jet Airways
  • Jetblue
  • KLM
  • Korean Air Lines
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • NIKI
  • Philippine Airlines
  • Royal Air Maroc
  • Scandinavian Airlines
  • Siberia Airlines
  • South African Airways
  • Sri Lankan Airlines
  • TAP Portugal
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Vietnam Airlines
  • Virgin Australia
  • VRG Linhas Aereas

Partner Airlines baggage policy applies for the following airlines:

  • Aegean Airline
  • Air Astana
  • Air Baltic
  • Air Europa
  • China Eastern Airlines
  • Kenya Airways

Frequently Asked Questions

During the development of Fare Choices it became clear that our baggage policy was no longer aligned with the needs of our guests. This launch allows us to extend the ‘Piece concept’ (already in place for flights to and from the US, Canada and Brazil) to more markets. This is now the most popular policy for airlines globally because it is easier for customers to understand. Instead of weight, the airline offers a number of bags, each with a maximum weight of 23kg or 32kg each.

For Etihad, the other major advantage is alignment with the Etihad Airways Partner airlines. Most use the Piece Concept, and by matching their strategy we are able to take another step on the path to offering genuinely seamless travel across the group.

View Etihad Fare Choices ►

No, sporting equipment will continue to be accepted as checked baggage. Visit our Bagagge Guide page to see which items are considered as sporting goods. 

View baggage guide for rules and restrictions ►

No, the checked baggage allowance remains the same. Infants are defined as guests of up to 24 months old who travel in their parent’s seat.

View family travel with infants and children ►

Yes, we offer a discount on the airport rates for pre-purchased excess baggage.

View rates and ways to pre-pay ►

No, pre-purchased excess baggage cannot be refunded.

All bookings ticketed on or after 14 September 2015 will include the new Fare Choices attributes and the new baggage policy rules. Bookings ticketed before this date will adhere to the old policies.

Examples of different baggage allowances under the new policy:

  • I am travelling from London to Sydney in Economy Breaking Deals, what is my baggage allowance?
    London to Sydney falls under the general policy. Therefore, the checked baggage allowance for Breaking Deals is one bag of 23kg. If you booked Economy Freedom you would receive two bags, each of 23kg.
  • I am travelling from Bahrain to Jakarta on Economy Breaking deals, what is my baggage allowance?
    Bahrain to Jakarta falls under one of the exceptions to the general policy. Therefore, the checked baggage allowance for Breaking Deals is two bags of 23kg each.
  • I am travelling from Abu Dhabi to Mumbai on Economy Freedom, What is my baggage allowance?
    Abu Dhabi to Mumbai falls under the weight concept policy. Therefore, the checked baggage allowance for Economy Freedom is 30kg.