Don’t be penalized by exceeding baggage allowances
Baggage allowances are in place for airlines so they can monitor overall carriage weight of the aircraft and monitor the factors that affect such as fuel efficiency and emissions. It is also a tiered pricing structure so that passengers with less baggage can fly cheaper than they would have done when everyone had a set hold luggage allowance and unlimited hand luggage. Instead, those with more luggage who are effectively using up more of the space onboard the aircraft and decreasing fuel efficiency are paying the additional fees. However, the sour point could be if you’ve paid for extra luggage but get fined for exceeded the limit, or you’ve kept your flight cheap by not adding any luggage and then had to pay extra for your hand luggage because it exceeded the weight or dimension limitations.
To ensure you do not receive an additional charge, check and re-check the limitations that your airline has in place. We’ve provided the information below as guidance to help you decide which airline might be more suitable for you, but they may not be totally up-to-date as allowances do change regularly and quickly, so please double check with your airline before you fly to ensure your luggage does meet their size and weight requirements.
Cabin Baggage/Hand luggage
Cabin Baggage or Hand Luggage as it can be known is the small case/s or bag/s that you walk onto the plane with and stow either in the overhead locker or under the seat in front of you. These regulations change frequently and usually, you cannot pay to take extra hand luggage on board, so everyone should check their airline’s limitations. The hand luggage allowance can vary greatly from one airline to another, so don’t assume anything. There are some airlines that allow you to take two bags onboard, others have no weight limit on hand luggage, while others limit it to 5kg, 7kg or 10kg. Cabin baggage size limitations can also vary slightly so if you’ve bought your case to comply with one airline, and you fly with another, do check that it’s within their regulations.
When cabin baggage rules first came into place with the advent of budget airlines they were very stringent, and all bags were checked by cabin crew during the check-in process for weight and size. However, most airlines are laxer now, and unless your bag looks like it’s clearly over-sized you might get away with trundling through the airport onto the aeroplane without your hand luggage being checked for size or weight at all.
Below is the Cabin Baggage Regulations for the three largest airlines operating from Nice Airport.
Passenger Cabin Baggage Allowance
EasyJet – January 2018
- ONE cabin bag, max size 56cm x 45cm x 25cm. No weight restriction as long as you can lift it unassisted into the overhead locker – which is probably about 10-15kg maximum for most people.
- Customers who purchase premium services such as Up Front, Extra Legroom, FLEXI fare and easyJet Plus, are permitted ONE additional under seat bag, limited to 45cm x 36cm x 20cm, such as a handbag or laptop case. This is in addition to the cabin bag mention above.
- Further to cabin allowance you’re permitted: an overcoat, shawl, umbrella, crutches, walking frame/stick, and one standard size bag of duty-free goods from departures.
- Oversized cabin baggage placed in the hold at the boarding gate is charged at a fee of £47 – you either pay it and have your bag put in the hold or you and your luggage can’t board the aeroplane. If you realise at check in that your hand luggage is too heavy either dispose of some items, distribute them between other bags and pockets, or pay £37 to have the bag checked in as hold luggage.
RyanAir – January 2018
- Free cabin baggage allowance is ONE cabin bag with a maximum weight of 10kg, with maximum dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm, PLUS ONE small bag with maximum dimensions of 35cm x 20cm x 20cm.
- There is a limit of 90 cabin bags per flight and excess cabin bags will instead be checked into the hold. So if you want to guarantee to have your cabin bag with you purchase Priority Boarding.
- No cabin bag allowance for infants under 23 months travelling on an adults lap. However, an accompanying adult may carry a baby bag, max 5kg, in addition to their cabin bag allowance.
- Oversized cabin baggage will be placed in the hold for a fee of £40 or more dependent on the flight.
Air France – January 2018
- Hand Luggage allowance depends on the aeroplane operating on the route you are flying on. So luggage allowance can vary between one and two pieces of hand luggage. This will be indicated at the time of booking.
- All hand luggage must not exceed 55cm x 35cm x 25cm including wheels, handles and pockets. If you hand luggage exceeds this it will be classified as hold luggage and a fee will be charged.
- The weight limit of your cabin luggage will either be 12kg or 18kg depending on the flight – again this will be provided at booking.
- In addition to your hand luggage allowance, you can take an “accessory” onto the flight which does not exceed the dimensions 40cm x 30cm x 15cm. This should accommodate most handbags and laptop cases. It should fit under the seat in front of you, not in the overhead locker.
- You may also take the following items on board at no extra charge: jacket, coat or other outer clothes, umbrella, duty-free items purchased on your flight or in the Airport, accessories for children, and medical equipment.
Liquids in Hand Luggage
As applies to most airlines and Airports there are now limitations on the liquids you can take onboard an aeroplane. You can transport liquids in your cabin bags as long as:
- Containers are in a clear sealed plastic bag of maximum dimensions 20cm x 20cm (can usually be purchased at the Airport)
- Each container in the bag does not exceed 100ml
- The volume of the whole bag does not exceed 1 litre
Some liquids such as baby food and medication have no limitations.
Hold Luggage / Checked Luggage
As with cabin baggage every airline’s limits vary. Check you airline before you fly or your travel agent if you have booked through them.
Like with Cabin baggage it’s best to weigh your bag before leaving for the airport. If you haven’t, as a last resort use an unattended check-in desk.
Don’t be tempted break the rules. If you’re struggling to fit everything into cabin luggage and are a couple of kg’s over you will be charged to put it in the hold at a much higher rate than if you had checked it in.
For example, you would be charged £50/€50 by Ryanair for this. Their online check-in price is £25/€25
Hold luggage allowance
EasyJet – January 2018
- Hold luggage total size has to be under 275cm (add height + length + width) weight limit 32kg per bag.
- Each passenger can buy up to three pieces of hold luggage. Costs vary per route and per season so you will need to check for your flight, but prices range from:
- Hold luggage up to 15kg – £8.99-£29.99
- Hold luggage up to 23kg – £13.99-£33.99
- Additional cost per kg up to 32kg – £12 per kg
- At the check-in at Nice Airport or your UK departure airport, you will be charged for each kg over your pre-purchased amount at a cost of £10 per 1kg.
- Sports equipment in the hold costs between £37 and £42 dependent on the size.
RyanAir – January 2018
- Hold luggage doesn’t have dimension limitations anymore.
- Each passenger can purchase up to three pieces of checked hold luggage, of 20kg each. If purchased online this is at a cost of £25 per bag per one way flight. However, during peak seasons and holidays, this can increase to £35.
- If you pay for your checked luggage at the Airport the cost is £40 per bag/suitcase.
- At the Airport you will be charged for each kg over the amount you have booked at £10 per kg.
- Items that can be carried free of charge are collapsible pushchairs, double pushchair, travel system, baby sling, plus one of the following items: car seat or booster seat or travel cot.
- Mobility equipment is also without charge.
Air France – January 2018
- The checked baggage restrictions do vary per flight depending on route and aircraft so please check the booking pages.
- Some flights allow for free checked luggage – but no piece of luggage can exceed the dimensions width + height + length of 158cm. Larger bags under 300cm can be booked into oversized baggage at an extra fee. Checked items cannot exceed 23kg if flying Economy, or 32kg in Business and La Premiere.
- Cost of additional luggage varies per flight depending on route and aircraft, and maximum allowance per person can be up to 10 pieces on some flights.
- Notably, bags you have wrapped in household clingfilm (not the film provided at the Airport) or in flexible plastic bags won’t be accepted as it can damage the luggage belts in the Airports.