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Flydubai baggage allowance and fares explained

Flying with one of the UAE's budget airlines doesn't mean you have to lose out on your luggage allowance. Here's all the information you need to understand the flydubai baggage allowance and fares:

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New flydubai luggage policies apply to all flights booked after December 2, 2018. The updated policies are as follows:

flydubai hand luggage allowance: size, weight and fees

flydubai cabin bag size flydubai hand luggage weight allowance Number of bags allowed onboard Cost to check in oversized hand luggage
55x38x20cm including handle, pockets and wheels

Plus one extra bag if traveling with an infant

Maximum 7kg in Economy on all Lite, Value and Flex fares

Maximum 15kg in Business

One hand luggage bag (plus one for an infant) in Economy

Two hand luggage bags (plus one for an infant) in Business

Costs to check extra baggage range from Dh12 a kilo to Dh115 a kilo depending on the route

flydubai hold luggage allowance: size, weight and fees

flydubai hold baggage size flydubai hold luggage weight allowance Number of hold bags allowed Cost of flydubai hold luggage
Checked baggage must be no bigger than 75x55x35cm Up to 40kg of pre-booked luggage in Economy on all Lite, Value and Flex fares (maximum 32kg per piece of luggage)

Entitled to up to 40kg of luggage in Business (maximum 32kg per piece of luggage)

Maximum 3 pieces of luggage Fees vary depending on the route you’re flying and ticket you’ve bought but range from Dh12 a kilo to Dh115 a kilo

How many bags can I check in on a flydubai flight?

You can check in up to three bags on a flydubai flight if you’ve booked the relevant fare type:

  • Lite fares do not include a free allowance. Instead, you need to pre-book an allowance if you want to check luggage. Your weight can be split between 3 cases
  • Value and Flex flydubai fares include a checked baggage allowance split between a maximum of 3 cases. The total weight limit depends on your route
  • Business fares include a maximum of 40kg of luggage, split between 3 bags

Each piece of checked luggage must be no larger than 75cm x 55cm x 35cm and weigh no more than 32kg. If you go over the flydubai baggage allowance you’ll be charged an excess baggage fee for every kilo of extra weight.

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Flydubai hand luggage

For flights booked before December 2, 2018, flydubai’s old luggage policies will still apply (7kg piece of hand luggage in Economy,15kg in Business. No bigger than 56cm x 45cm x 25cm.)

For flydubai tickets booked after December 2, 2018, new hand baggage policies will apply. These are as follows:

New flydubai hand luggage policy: 7kg in Economy on Lite, Value and Flex tickets. Business tickets are entitled to 15kg.

Flydubai excess baggage fees

The excess baggage fees depend on where you’re traveling to and from. flydubai splits its airport baggage charges into four categories/zones and charges range from Dh12 a kilo up to Dh115 a kilo.

  • Zone 1 includes Dubai, Bahrain, Doha, Muscat, Riyadh
  • Zone 2 includes Beirut, Djibouti and Jeddah
  • Zone 3 includes Addis Ababa, Bangkok, Colombo, Delhi and Sofia
  • Zone 4 includes Asmara

It costs Dh12 a kilo if you’re flying within Zone 1, but Dh35 a kilo if you’re flying from Zone 1 to Zone 3.
Check the rates here.

Excess baggage fees depend on the route you're flying

Get the most out of your flydubai baggage allowance:

Upgrade your ticket

There are various flydubai fares which give you different baggage allowance options, so consider buying a more expensive fare if you want to get the best deal on luggage. The flydubai Economy class tickets are split into three fares:

  • Lite: doesn’t include a checked baggage allowance but you can pre-purchase before you fly
  • Value: includes a checked baggage allowance in your ticket price so you know the cost of travel upfront
  • Flex: includes a checked baggage allowance in your ticket price so you know the cost of travel upfront
  • Business: includes 40kg of checked baggage in the fare price

Stick to essentials in your hand luggage

As with most budget airlines, you’re only allowed one piece of hand luggage weighing no more than 7kg with flydubai if you’re flying in Economy class. It must be smaller than 55cm x 38cm x 20cm so check the size of your bag before you turn up to the airport.

You’re also allowed one small handbag or a small laptop bag. If your bag is too big or too heavy you’ll be forced to hand it over as checked baggage and possibly have to pay excess baggage charges.

You are entitled to two bags with a combined weight of 15kg if you’re flying Business on flydubai.

You are entitled to take 7kg of hand luggage on flydubai

Leave the vintage guitar at home

flydubai’s baggage rules dictate that you need to carry a valuable musical instrument as hand luggage, but it’s bigger than the allowed dimensions (55cm x 38cm x 20cm) you’ll have to purchase an additional seat in the same class you’re traveling in. You could book your large musical instrument into the hold but only if there’s enough space and you’ve paid for the weight (otherwise the flydubai excess baggage charges will be applied).

You could be forced to buy an extra seat if you want to take your musical instrument on a plane

Baby on board

If you’re traveling with an infant (aged under 2) on flydubai, you’re entitled to one extra hand luggage bag smaller than 55cm x 38cm x 20cm to carry everything they need for the journey. The infant fare depends on the route and class you’re flying in.

Infants are entitled to an extra piece of hand luggage

Published January 2019. Prices, dimensions and information correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change and/or availability. Always check with the airline before flying.

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