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:
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|
|55x40x20cm including handle, pockets and wheels
Plus one extra bag if travelling with an infant
|Maximum 7kg in Economy
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 (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 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 pre-booked your luggage allowance online, and depending on the fare you’ve booked.
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.
- In Economy class you can get 20kg, 30kg or 40kg of checked luggage, split between up to 3 pieces of luggage
- In Business class you are entitled to a maximum of 40kg, split between up to 3 pieces of luggage
Flydubai hand luggage
You are allowed one 7kg piece of hand luggage when flying Economy with flydubai. It must be no bigger than 56cm x 45cm x 25cm. You can be certain the airline will check the bag dimensions and weight at least once before you board the plane.
If you’re flying flydubai Business class you are entitled to two bags with a combined weight of 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.
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:
- Special offer: includes a checked baggage allowance which can be increased for a fee
- Pay to change: does not include a checked baggage allowance but you can purchase an allowance for a fee which depends on the route you’re flying
- Free to change: includes a 20kg checked baggage allowance
A flydubai Business class ticket gives you 15kg of hand luggage (almost twice as much as the 7kg Economy allowance) and 40kg of checked luggage.
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 56cm x 45cm x 25cm 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.
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 (56cm x 45cm x 25cm) 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).
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 56cm x 45cm x 25cm to carry everything they need for the journey. The infant fare depends on the route and class you’re flying in.
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Published January 2017. 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.