British Airways

British Airways

British Airways is the flag carrying airline of the United Kingdom, offering excellent standards of service. Its major hubs are located at London Gatwick and London Heathrow and flies to all six inhabited continents, catering for both long haul and short haul passengers. Friendly, professional service, breakfast with coffee or tea on all European flights and complimentary snacks and drinks served throughout the rest of the day, it is no wonder British Airways is the UK’s most popular airline.

*Information on this page is correct as of March 2017

Find out the latest BA baggage policy with our BA baggage allowance guide.

Why Fly with British Airways

How to Check In

Online check in is available from 24 hours before scheduled departure, and up to one hour before flying. Save time by printing your boarding pass at home or alternatively it can be printed at a self-service kiosk on arrival at the airport for no extra charge. Mobile check-in is also possible using BA2Go and the mobile site. You can email the boarding card to a fax machine or a computer with a printer. You can still check in the old fashioned way at the check in desk at the airport which closes 45 minutes before short-haul flights and 60 minutes before long-haul flights at both London Heathrow and London Gatwick. Be advised that check-in times vary at other airports, so check directly with the airline for up-to-date information. If you check in online or at the kiosk, drop your hold luggage off at the bag drop desk. There’s also an option to print luggage tags at the kiosk to save even more time.

Baggage Allowance and Fees

Every passenger is entitled to one piece of on-board luggage plus a handbag or laptop case, but it must not weigh more than 23kg and be within the 56cm x 45cm x 25cm size allowance. The laptop bag or handbag should have dimensions of 40cm x 30cm x 15cm or less, and must be able to fit underneath the seat in front of you. How much checked baggage you are entitled to will depend on your flight class and destination. For most flights in Economy including those to the UAE, passengers are allowed one bag up to 23kg, increased to two bags in Premium Economy. Those flying in Business are allowed to check-in two bags up to 32kg each, increased to three bags in First Class. Travelers flying on a Basic fare will need to pay to check-in baggage - prices vary according to your flight so check directly with British Airways for more information.


All passengers are entitled to pre-select their seats using either online booking or select their preferred seat at the airport check in for no additional fee, although some seats are available for an added surcharge. It is possible to change your seat at any time, as long as there is still availability. Economy seats are fairly average with between 31” to 34” of legroom and a seat width of 17” to 19” but are free to pre-select. Whether or not reserving a seat incurs a fee depends on a variety of factors - click on the 'Manage My Booking' button to find out more about seat prices on your flight. Looking to compare Business and Economy? Check out our guide to Business class versus Economy class.

Booking Fees

With British Airways, what you see is what you get. Booking fees are included in the price of the flight, so there are no extra admin fees when you purchase your flight.

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