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Air India international baggage allowance

Discussion in 'Transportation' started by MajiShikar, Dec 15, 2016.

  1. MajiShikar

    MajiShikar New Member

    I am getting an Air India flight from Bangalore to London and I have a lot of luggage with me as my stay in London will be for four months. I don't want to go over the limit because I don't want to pay the extra charges which are a lot, so I need to know what the Air India international baggage allowance is.
     


  2. briannagodess

    briannagodess Well-Known Member

    Hello, welcome to the forum!


    Overview

    Air India, established as Tata Airlines in 1932, is one of India's most extensive airline companies. With over 90 destinations in different parts of India and international cities, Air India's fleet can cater to the needs of most domestic and international travellers. For travellers though, it's important to know more about the baggage allowances of Air India. In this thread, the baggage allowances for the different domestic flight airlines in India were discussed, including Air India. Now, we would discuss the international sector of Air India and the baggage allowances that it has.

    Air India International Flights - Cabin Baggage Allowance

    WeightPiecesSum of Dimensions
    8 Kilograms1 Carry On + 1 Personal Bag115 Centimetres
    First would be the cabin baggage allowance, which is the same for both domestic and international sectors. You are allowed to carry one carry on bag and one personal bag, like a laptop bag, handbag, briefcase or tablet bag, for the flight. The carry on bag should not weight more than 8 kilograms and its dimensions should not exceed 115 centimetres. It should fit either in the overhead bin or under the seat before you.

    Air India International Flights - Checked Baggage Allowance

    United Kingdom Flights (Including London)

    FlightEconomy ClassFirst ClassBusiness Class
    India to UK2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each3 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each3 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each
    UK to India2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each3 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each3 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each
    UK to Colombo (Tickets Issued Up to May 1, 2016)Up to 30 Kilograms (23 Kilograms/Piece)Up to 50 Kilograms (23 Kilograms/Piece)Up to 50 Kilograms (23 Kilograms/Piece)
    UK to Colombo (Tickets Issued After May 2, 2016)2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each3 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each3 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each
    UK to Other DestinationsUp to 30 Kilograms (23 Kilograms/Piece)Up to 50 Kilograms (23 Kilograms/Piece)Up to 50 Kilograms (23 Kilograms/Piece)
    The table above depicts the baggage allowances for flights between India and the United Kingdom, which includes London. In your case, since you are from Bangalore and going to London, you fit into the first category, flights between India to the UK. For the Economy Class, passengers are entitled to 2 pieces of baggage, with a maximum of 23 kilograms each. For both First Class and Economy Class, passengers are entitled to 3 pieces of baggage, with a maximum weight of 23 kilograms each. The same goes for flights from the UK to India. For other flights originating from UK to other destinations, their baggage allowances are highlighted above as well.

    Australia Flights

    FlightEconomy ClassBusiness Class
    India to AustraliaUp to 40 Kilograms (Up to 30 Kilograms for Return Ticket)Up to 40 Kilograms
    Australia to IndiaUp to 30 KilogramsUp to 40 Kilograms
    Australia to UKUp to 30 KilogramsUp to 40 Kilograms
    Australia to Middle EastUp to 30 KilogramsUp to 40 Kilograms
    Australia to Other Destinations (Colombo/Dhaka / Kabul/Kathmandu/Male/Yangon)Up to 30 KilogramsUp to 40 Kilograms
    The table above depicts the baggage allowances for flights between India and Australia. From India to Australia, baggage allowance is up to 40 kilograms, except for an Economy Class with Return Tickets, which has a weight limit of 30 kilograms. All the remaining flights from Australia to other destinations, even India, has an allowance of 30 kilograms for an Economy Class and 40 kilograms for a Business Class.

    Europe Flights

    FlightEconomy ClassBusiness Class
    India to Europe (Tickets Issued On/After March 1, 2016)2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each2 Pieces, 32 Kilograms Each
    India to Europe (Tickets Issued On/After May 1, 2015)1 Piece, 23 Kilograms2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each
    Chennai to Europe (Tickets Issued Before August 27, 2015)1 Piece, 23 Kilograms2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each
    Chennai to Europe (Tickets Issued After August 28, 2015)1 Piece, 30 Kilograms2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each
    Europe to India (Tickets Issued On/After May 1, 2015)2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each
    Europe to India (Tickets Issued On/After February 1, 2016)2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each2 Pieces, 32 Kilograms Each
    Europe to Colombo (Tickets Issued On/After May 1, 2015)2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each
    Europe to Singapore, Bangkok, Dhaka, Male or Tokyo (Tickets Issued On/After May 1, 2015)1 Piece, 23 Kilograms 2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each
    Europe to Kathmandu/Australia (Tickets Issued On/After May 1, 2015)1 Piece, 30 Kilograms2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each
    Vienna to India2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each2 Pieces, 32 Kilograms Each
    Vienna to Colombo2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each
    Vienna to Singapore, Bangkok, Dhaka, Male or Tokyo1 Piece, 23 Kilograms2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each
    Vienna to Kathmandu/Australia1 Piece, 30 Kilograms2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each
    Madrid to India2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each2 Pieces, 32 Kilograms Each
    Madrid to Colombo2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each
    Madrid to Singapore, Bangkok, Dhaka, Male or Tokyo1 Piece, 23 Kilograms2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each
    Madrid to Kathmandu/Australia1 Piece, 30 Kilograms2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each
    India to Moscow/Moscow to India (Tickets Issued On/Before March 16, 2016)2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each2 Pieces, 32 Kilograms Each
    India to Moscow/Moscow to India (Tickets Issued On/After March 17, 2016)Up to 30 KilogramsUp to 40 Kilograms
    India to Moscow/Moscow to India (Tickets Issued On/After October 1, 2016)2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each2 Pieces, 32 Kilograms Each
    Baggage allowances for Europe bound flights are a bit more complicated, as you can see from the table above. Basically, you need to look at your ticket and find out at which date it was issued. From there, look at this table and you would understand what the baggage allowance is for that date, whether you're coming from India, going to Europe, or you're coming from Europe going to India or any other destination. As you can see from the table above as well, those flights coming from Vienna and Madrid have different baggage allowances too.

    USA and Canada Flights

    FlightEconomy ClassFirst Class/Business ClassInfants
    India to USA2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each2 Pieces, 32 Kilograms Each1 Piece, 10 Kilograms
    USA to UK2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each3 Pieces, 32 Kilograms Each1 Piece, 10 Kilograms
    India to Canada/Canada to India2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each2 Pieces, 32 Kilograms Each1 Piece, 10 Kilograms
    Baggage allowances for USA and Canada are very straightforward. For all flights in Economy Class, whether from India to USA, USA to UK or India to Canada, the baggage allowance is 2 pieces of luggage within 23 kilograms each. First Class or Business Class in flights from India to USA or India to Canada have baggage allowances of up to 2 pieces within 32 kilograms each. For the USA to UK flight of the Business Class, it's at 3 pieces within 32 kilograms each. All infants are entitled to a 1 piece of checked luggage within 10 kilograms.

    Gulf and Middle East Flights

    FlightEconomy ClassBusiness Class
    India to Middle EastUp to 30 KilogramsUp to 40 Kilograms
    Middle East to IndiaUp to 30 KilogramsUp to 40 Kilograms
    Dubai to UK2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each3 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each
    Dubai to Europe2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each2 Pieces, 32 Kilograms Each
    Muscat to UK2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each2 Pieces, 32 Kilograms Each
    Muscat to Europe2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each2 Pieces, 32 Kilograms Each
    Muscat to USA2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each2 Pieces, 32 Kilograms Each
    The cities included above in the flights between India and Middle East and vice versa are the following: Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dammam, Dubai, Kuwait, Muscat and Sharjah. So for an Economy Class flight, either between India and these cities or between these cities to India, the baggage allowance is up to 30 kilograms per passenger. For a Business Class flight, the baggage allowance is up to 40 kilograms per passenger. Baggage allowances for flights between the Middle East and the UK, Europe or USA are also depicted in the first table.

    FlightEconomy ClassBusiness ClassFirst Class
    India to RiyadhUp to 30 KilogramsUp to 40 KilogramsUp to 50 Kilograms
    Riyadh to IndiaUp to 40 KilogramsUp to 50 KilogramsUp to 60 Kilograms
    India to Riyadh (Return)Up to 30 KilogramsUp to 40 KilogramsUp to 50 Kilograms
    Riyadh to India (Return)Up to 30 KilogramsUp to 40 KilogramsUp to 50 Kilograms
    Jeddah to IndiaUp to 40 KilogramsUp to 50 KilogramsUp to 60 Kilograms
    Jeddah to India (Return)Up to 30 KilogramsUp to 40 KilogramsUp to 50 Kilograms
    The second table highlights the flights between Riyadh to India or vice versa and Jeddah to India. Since these flights have a separate Business Class and First Class, they needed a different table. You can also see that return flights have different baggage allowances for these routes.

    Far East and Southeast Asia Flights

    FlightEconomy ClassBusiness Class
    India to BangkokUp to 20 KilogramsUp to 30 Kilograms
    India to Bangkok (Via Mumbai/Delhi)Up to 30 KilogramsUp to 40 Kilograms
    Bangkok to IndiaUp to 30 KilogramsUp to 40 Kilograms
    Bangkok to UKUp to 30 KilogramsUp to 40 Kilograms
    Bangkok to EuropeUp to 30 KilogramsUp to 40 Kilograms
    Bangkok to Middle EastUp to 30 KilogramsUp to 40 Kilograms
    Bangkok to KathmanduUp to 30 KilogramsUp to 40 Kilograms
    Bangkok to USA2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each2 Pieces, 32 Kilograms Each
    Shanghai to Europe/UKUp to 20 KilogramsUp to 30 Kilograms
    Hong Kong to UK/Middle EastUp to 20 KilogramsUp to 30 Kilograms
    Hong Kong to USA2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each2 Pieces, 32 Kilograms Each
    Hong Kong to Osaka/SeoulUp to 30 KilogramsUp to 40 Kilograms
    Seoul to Hong Kong/Delhi (Tickets Issued On/After June 24, 2016)Up to 25 KilogramsUp to 50 Kilograms
    Seoul to Hong Kong/Delhi (Tickets Issued On/After November 1, 2016)1 Piece, 23 Kilograms Each2 Pieces, 32 Kilograms Each
    Singapore to IndiaUp to 30 KilogramsUp to 40 Kilograms
    Singapore to Middle EastUp to 30 KilogramsUp to 40 Kilograms
    Singapore to Europe/UKUp to 30 KilogramsUp to 40 Kilograms
    Singapore to USA2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each2 Pieces, 32 Kilograms Each
    India to SingaporeUp to 30 KilogramsUp to 40 Kilograms
    For flights originating from India and going to the far eastern and southeastern countries, these are the baggage allowances for them. The baggage allowances differ quite a lot so you need to take note properly. For instance, a flight from India (Except Delhi or Mumbai) to Bangkok in an Economy Class has a baggage allowance of up to 20 kilograms and for a Business Class, a baggage allowance of up to 30 kilograms. But from Bangkok to India, the baggage allowance for an Economy Class is at 30 kilograms and for a Business Class is at 40 kilograms. Thus you need to take a close look before packing your baggage as it can be quite confusing.

    FlightEconomy ClassBusiness ClassFirst Class
    India to Far East/South East Asia (Except Japan)Up to 20 KilogramsUp to 30 KilogramsUp to 40 Kilograms
    Shanghai to India to ShanghaiUp to 20 KilogramsUp to 30 KilogramsUp to 40 Kilograms
    Hong Kong to India to Hong KongUp to 30 KilogramsUp to 40 KilogramsUp to 50 Kilograms
    Finally, this second table highlights the flights between India to other Far East or South East Asian countries, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Since these flights have a separate Business Class and First Class, they have to be separated from the rest.

    Japan Flights

    FlightEconomy ClassBusiness ClassFirst ClassInfant
    Delhi/Mumbai to Tokyo/Osaka2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each2 Pieces, 32 Kilograms Each2 Pieces, 32 Kilograms Each1 Piece, 10 Kilograms
    Tokyo/Osaka to Delhi/Mumbai2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each2 Pieces, 32 Kilograms Each2 Pieces, 32 Kilograms Each1 Piece, 10 Kilograms
    Osaka to Hong Kong to OsakaUp to 20 KilogramsUp to 30 KilogramsUp to 30 KilogramsUp to 10 Kilograms
    Since Japan has different baggage allowances from the Far Eastern and South Eastern countries, it needs a separate table. Flights from India to Japan and vice versa have the same baggage allowances. For the Economy Class, the baggage allowance is up to 2 pieces of luggage, 23 kilograms each while for the Business Class and First Class, the baggage allowance is up to 2 pieces of luggage, 32 kilograms each. Flights from Osaka to Hong Kong and vice versa have up to 20 kilograms of baggage allowance for the Economy Class and up to 30 kilograms of baggage allowance for the Business Class and First Class.

    South Asian Sub Continent Flights

    FlightEconomy ClassBusiness Class
    Bangalore/Chennai/Cochin/Trivandrum to MaleUp to 20 KilogramsUp to 30 Kilograms
    Male to Bangalore/Chennai/Cochin/TrivandrumUp to 25 KilogramsUp to 35 Kilograms
    Delhi to KabulUp to 30 KilogramsUp to 30 Kilograms
    Kabul to DelhiUp to 30 KilogramsUp to 30 Kilograms
    Kolkata to DhakaUp to 20 KilogramsUp to 30 Kilograms
    Delhi/Kolkata/Varanasi to KathmanduUp to 20 KilogramsUp to 30 Kilograms
    India to Yangon or Yangon to IndiaUp to 20 KilogramsUp to 30 Kilograms
    Delhi to ColomboUp to 30 KilogramsUp to 30 Kilograms
    Colombo to DelhiUp to 30 KilogramsUp to 40 Kilograms
    Chennai to ColomboUp to 20 KilogramsUp to 30 Kilograms
    Colombo to ChennaiUp to 30 KilogramsUp to 40 Kilograms
    Colombo to UK/Europe (Tickets Issued On/Before July 15, 2015)1 Piece, 30 Kilograms2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each
    Colombo to UK/Europe (Tickets Issued On/After May 2, 2016)2 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each3 Pieces, 23 Kilograms Each
    For other South Asian countries, these are the baggage allowances for them. You have cities like Kabul, Dhaka, Male and many more. Each city of a country has separate baggage allowances so it's best to check this table prior to boarding your flight.

    Rest of the World Flights

    ClassEconomy Class
    Economy ClassUp to 20 Kilograms
    Business ClassUp to 30 Kilograms
    First ClassUp to 40 Kilograms
    InfantsUp to 10 Kilograms
    Last are the countries not mentioned in the tables above, they fall under the general baggage allowance scheme of Air India. For the Economy Class, passengers are entitled to up to 20 kilograms of baggage allowance. For the Business Class, passengers are entitled to up to 30 kilograms of baggage allowance. For the First Class, passengers are entitled to up to 40 kilograms of baggage allowance. And for the infants, they are entitled to a baggage allowance of up to 10 kilograms.

    Air India International Flights - Checked Baggage Dimensions

    International DestinationSum of Dimensions (Length + Breadth + Width) Per Luggage
    United Kingdom158 Centimetres
    Australia158 Centimetres
    Europe158 Centimetres
    USA and Canada158 Centimetres (Business), 158 Centimetres (Economy) and 115 Centimetres (Infant)
    Gulf and Middle East158 Centimetres
    Far East and South East Asia158 Centimetres
    Japan158 Centimetres (Business), 158 Centimetres (Economy) and 115 Centimetres (Infant)
    South Asian Sub Continent158 Centimetres
    Rest of the World158 Centimetres
    The dimensions allowed for checked baggage in pretty much all destinations are the same, 158 centimetres in total of length + breadth + width. It only differs when it comes to the infant's luggage dimension, which is at 115 centimetres only.

    Conclusion

    This handy guide would help you when packing for your international Air India flight. Whether you're travelling to Asian destinations or even European destinations, you can find the baggage allowances of these countries for Air India. Make sure you check the dimensions of your luggage too, so that it would fit within the sizes mentioned above. I hope this helps you!

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