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Air Arabia baggage allowance explained

Here's all the info you need about the Air Arabia baggage allowance policy and how to avoid any excess baggage fees at the airport.

*Article first published January 2017. Prices and information correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change and/or availability. Always check with the airline before traveling.

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Air Arabia hand luggage allowance: size, weight and fees

Air Arabia cabin bag size Air Arabia hand luggage weight allowance Number of bags allowed onboard Cost to check in oversized hand luggage
55x40x20cm including handle, pockets and wheels

Plus one standard-sized bag if travelling with an infant

Maximum 10kg One hand luggage bag (plus one for an infant) You can buy an extra 20kg at the airport for the standard price, but any extra is charged as excess baggage

Air Arabia hold luggage allowance: size, weight and fees

Air Arabia hold baggage size Air Arabia hold luggage weight allowance Number of hold bags allowed Cost of Air Arabia hold luggage
Total size of each bag must be under 160cm – add the length, width and height of bag to calculate this Buy 20kg, 30kg or 40kg pre-booked baggage allowance

Another 20kg for purchase at the airport

Maximum 32kg per piece of luggage

Unlimited number per passenger, but each piece must weigh less than 32kg Fees vary depending on the route you’re flying but can be up to 90% more than pre-booking prices

Pre-book your checked luggage allowance

It’s best to pre-book your Air Arabia baggage weight when you’re booking or modifying your flight. There’s no limit on the number of bags you can take but you could be stung with some large excess baggage fees at the airport if you go over your pre-booked checked baggage allowance.

The pre-booked online luggage rates are:

  • 20kg at Dh30 per passenger one way
  • 30kg at Dh100 per passenger one way
  • 40kg at Dh180 per passenger one way

You’re allowed to buy an extra 20kg at the airport at these rates but anything more than that will incur excess baggage charges.

But be careful! The maximum weight you can carry in one suitcase is 32kg and the total dimensions mustn’t exceed 160cm (weight x depth x length).

Air Arabia counts duty-free shopping as luggage, too, so be warned that if you’ve purchased a lot of heavy items at the airport, it will count towards your maximum luggage weight. Check out our handy guide to the do’s and don’ts of duty-free shopping in Dubai Duty Free.

Air Arabia hand luggage allowance

You’re allowed to take one piece of hand luggage weighing a maximum 10kg on any Air Arabia flight. The dimensions (including handles and wheels) must not exceed 55cm x 40cm x 20cm so make sure you’re factoring the whole back into your measurements.
You’re also allowed a coat, handbag, umbrella, small number of duty free goods and a laptop computer on-board with you.

Measure your case before you fly

What are the Air Arabia excess baggage charges?

Good question, but unfortunately the answer isn’t especially clear. Air Arabia doesn’t (yet) share it’s excess baggage charges in advance, and it depends on your travel destination. It does state that pre-booking your baggage allowance could save you up to 90% of baggage charges at the airport though – so it’s worth to pre-book!

Traveling with a child

If you’re traveling with a child under the age of two, you’re allowed one extra “standard size” bag to take items needed for the infant. We would advise checking directly with the airline if you’ve any doubts over the size of the bag.

You get one extra standard size bag if you are traveling with an infant

Share the load

If you’re traveling with a friend or family member, consider pooling your luggage allowance – and as a winner, the costs too! The pre-booked Air Arabia luggage rates are:

Dh30 for 20kg per passenger
Dh100 for 30kg per passenger
Dh180 for 40kg per passenger

For example, if you need to pack 35kg you’ll have to pay Dh180 for a 40kg baggage allowance. If your travel partner only has 25kg, you could use their extra 5kg and pay Dh100 each. Worth thinking ahead to save you a little on extra luggage fees!

Traveling to and from Egypt

If you’re traveling from the UAE to Cairo, Egypt, you’re automatically given a free 30kg baggage allowance. This increases to 40kg if you’re flying in Business class.

You get a free 30kg on all flights to and from Egypt

Join the Air Arabia Airewards programme to get free baggage

By earning points with the Air Arabia Airewards program you could also earn yourself some ‘free’ baggage allowance. After signing up, you’ll earn one point for every $1 you spend. You can redeem them on a variety of things, including flight tickets, meals or travel insurance.
You’ll need to earn a minimum of 4,000 points to claim a free baggage allowance of 20kg, 30kg or 40kg of checked baggage allowance.

Not flying with Air Arabia but still having luggage woes? We’ve got other baggage guides and hand luggage rules to keep you right:

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Beat the easyJet luggage rules

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