British Airways

Fares. Hand luggage allowance. Checked baggage allowance. Excess baggage charges. Carriage of sports equipment. Carriage of musical instruments. Carriage of pets (dogs, cats, birds).

And other useful information about British Airways. Last update 12.05.2019. Sources of information for this page: British Airways Carry-on Baggage, British Airways Checked Baggage Allowance, British Airways Excess Baggage, British Airways Traveling with Pets, British Airways Carriage of Special Baggage (Sports Equipment, Musical Instruments), British Airways Carriage of Firearms and Ammunition. Airlines constantly change their policies, so please visit the relevant web page of the airline in question in order to obtain up-to-date information from the first-hand.

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Fare group Basic Economy Premium Economy Business First
please read Please also read the most commonly used baggage rules of European airlines.

Infants (children under 2 years) can travel on the laps of their parents or other accompanying persons for 10% of the cost of an adult air ticket, and for children from 2 to 11 years the cost of the flight is 75% of the normal fare.
British Airways hand luggage allowance Flights to/from Brazil:
1 handbag/laptop bag (with a maximum weight up to 23 kg and up to 45x36x20 cm in size)
+ 1 additional cabin bag (max. 23 kg and up to 56x45x25 cm)

Hand luggage on all other flights:
1 handbag/laptop bag (max. 23 kg and up to 40x30x15 cm)
+ 1 additional cabin bag (max. 23 kg and up to 56x45x25 cm)

! A passenger should be able to lift his hand luggage into the overhead locker by himself.

! All goods purchased at Duty Free or airport stores count as hand luggage.

For an infant (a child under 2 years) traveling on your lap, a car / booster seat, a baby cot, a fully collapsible stroller / buggy will be transported free of charge. Buggies / strollers are checked in with other baggage and can be handed down at the gate if required. It's  also possible to take an additional bag weighing up to 23 kg with items required during the flight.

Passengers with disabilities and special requirements, those needing assistance of the airline staff should contact the airline at the time of booking or not later than 48 hrs before departure.
Passengers with restricted mobility may carry free of charge an unlimited number of wheelchairs, mobility aids and associated equipment, such as walking frames, ramps, shower seats, bed supports, hoists and spare wheelchair wheels (for your personal use and each piece is within the allowed dimensions). Collapsible manual wheelchairs can be used until the moment of boarding the plane. Carriage of powered wheelchairs and other electric mobility aids (or mobility aids weighing over 250 kg) requires prior notification and consent of the airline.
British Airways checked baggae allowance Checked baggage items up to 90x75x43 cm

Even if you travel on Basic fare (hand baggage only), for a child under 11 years of age you can carry additionally and free of charge you one fully collapsible pushchair / stroller and one car seat.
Flights between London and Doha 1x 32 kg 2x 23 kg 2x 32 kg 3x 32 kg
Flights to / from Brazil, Ghana, Kenya, Japan, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone
Connecting flights between India and USA/Bermuda/Canada, or from Saudi Arabia to USA / Bermuda / Canada
2x 23 kg
All other flights 1x 23 kg
British Airways excess baggage Fees in £, online in advance / at the airport
Excess (extra) baggage charges on flights of British Airways

All bags heavier than 32 kg will have to be shipped as freight or cargo.

Maximum 10 pieces of checked baggage per passenger additionally to free checked baggage allowance.

More info: Extra bags on British Airways, OpenSkies and BA CityFlyer.
first bag 25-48 / 65 36-60 / 50-65 120 / 140 36-60 / 50-65 120 / 140
each additional bag 60 / 65
overweight 65 per bag one way
!   Special baggage (more than 90x75x43 cm, more than 32 kg, fragile items etc.):  you must notify British Airways not later than 24 hours before the scheduled time of departure, British Airways customer service.
British Airways pets Only recognized assistance dogs can travel in the aircraft cabin (free of charge).

All other pets, including emotional support animals, will need to travel in the hold as cargo with IAG World Cargo to the UK or PetAir UK from the UK.
British Airways sports equipment Bikes, golf clubs and umbrellas, surfboards, sporting rackets and sticks, diving, ski and snowboarding equipment is carried as part of free checked baggage allowance.

For time being you can take items of up to 190x75x65 cm without additional charge.  Larger items have to be shipped as cargo.

Items over 23 kg may incur an overweight baggage charge.

If you carry firearms, guns and ammunition you must notify customer support at least 72 hrs. before your flight, each case charged £125 + local service fees (?) at check-in.
For more info visit Banned and restricted items.
British Airways musical instruments Musical instruments are included in the baggage allowance.

For transportation in the cabin as hand luggage (instead of or as part of, but not in addition to it), British Airways will accept instruments up to 80x45x25 cm (if the airline staff will be able to find place for them in the cabin (?).

British Airways will try to accommodate instruments of up to 190x75x65 cm or, depending on availability, you may be able to purchase an extra seat: in either case you'll need to contact customer support and not later than 24 hrs before scheduled departure.

If your instrument weights more than 23kg you might need to pay an overweight baggage charge. The maximum weight for musical instruments is 45 kg.
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