*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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Make sure you never get stung on your easyJet luggage allowances…