Airline Luggage Regulations – Indian Flights

Before you pack up for an upcoming trip you always check the airline luggage regulations for your flight. Nowadays airlines are really strict about the dimension and the weight of the baggage. So, if you choose an excess size suitcase you may have to pay extra bucks to check in your baggage. A similar thing will happen if the weight of your baggage is more than excess.

You may have to pay extra bucks if you are not aware of airline luggage regulations in Indian flights.
The Sad Man – paid extra bucks for excess luggage

Airlines luggage regulations vary from country to country and airline to airline. It often becomes difficult to manage the baggage if you in a world trip or head to attend conferences in multiple countries. To simplify your job we are publishing a series of useful articles explaining the rules of baggage allowances in major airlines of all the popular countries throughout the world.

Related article: Baggage Size in Airlines – Africa

This time we are presenting the scenario of baggage rule for Indian airlines.

Who Should Check Airlines Luggage Regulations in Indian Flights

If you are not an Indian or you are not interested to visit India, you can simply avoid this article.

India is a huge country, seventh-largest in the world with a total area of 3.287 million km². Though there is a very busy railway network throughout the nation, Indian citizens enormously use air routes for intercity transportation to save time. If you are an Indian citizen who travels frequently/often in Indian flights for business meetings, conferences, family tour or some other purpose, this article will be very useful to you.

To reach Tajmahal via Agra airport you need to know airline luggage regulations of Indian flights which give you service.
To see Tajmahal you can land at Agra airport

India is a very popular destination for foreign tourists due to the incredible variations (landscapes, historical monuments, culture) of the nation from north to south and east to west. Moreover, India is an inexpensive destination to experience extreme variations in comparison to many other countries. Every year at least 10 million foreign travelers visit India to experience the beauty and the culture. Let’s take a brief look over the reasons for which such a great number of international tourists visits incredible India. However, I guess, there is no need to mention about Tajmahal, everybody knows this is among 7 wonders in the world, and you have to reach Agra airport to experience the beauty of Tajmahal.

  • From the north to the northeast you’ll get the great Himalayan belt offering you beautiful tourist places like Simla, Manali, Ladakh, Lahul-Spiti, Kashmir, Kalpa, Mussouri, Haridwar, Nainital, Sikkim, Darjeeling, Asam, Arunachal Pradesh and many more.
  • In the northeastern region you’ll get green beauty of the wettest region in the world, Cherapunji, and Mawsinram; besides you’ll get many wildlife sanctuaries in this region.
  • Eastern and southeastern coast of India is full of beautiful beaches beside the Bay of Bengal. Puri, Gopalpur, Vishakhapattanam (Vizag), Chennai beaches, Pondicherry beaches, Rameswaram are some most popular among those.
  • Kanyakumari is situated in extreme south with an amazing view of the mating of three oceans, Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea. Your visit to the Vivekananda Rock in Kanyakumari must lead you to a different world.
  • In the southwest, the greenery Munnar and backwater of Alleppy (in Kerala) is well known to the entire world. Kovalam beach beside the Arabian sea is famous in the world for its beauty and fine sand.
  • In the Western coast, Mumbai is the business capital of India, while Goa is the tourist capital. In the season of Christmas, Goa beaches become full of foreign tourists and parties remain on full day and night. Calangute, Palolem, Agonda, Cola, Colva, Arambol, Ashvem etc. are some popular beaches in Goa.
  • In the west, you explore the desert, lakes and the history of Rajputs in Rajasthan, while Gujral offers you the tallest statue in the world, the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel – the Statue of Unity.
  • In the middle, you’ll get many national forests in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, and Tamilnadu. Moreover, you can experience the beauty of Nilgiri Mountain in Ooty, Coonoor.
  • There are two beautiful coral islands in India, Andaman and Nicobar islands in the Bay of Bengal and Lakshadweep at the Arabian Sea.
  • A great number of historical caves, monuments and temples also attract foreign travelers and researchers to great extent.
  • India is one of the fastest growing markets and all the big multinational companies throughout the world investing here to grow business.
You need to know airline luggage regulations in Indian flights.
You have to check in to several Indian domestic airlines to cover beautiful places all over the Nation

So now the reasons behind a great number of foreign visitors in India is pretty clear. Many international tourists cover multiple spots when they visit in India. If you are planning to head towards south India from Himachal Pradesh in the north, you must prefer to check in to a cheap flight rather than spending two odd days in the train. Again if you are planning to visit Maldives or Singapore or maybe Mauritius after India trip, again you have book seats in flight, maybe an Indian flight. Before starting your journey if you check the details of the baggage allowance in major Indian airlines, then you can pack up accordingly.

So, if you are a foreign traveler, visiting India for tour or business or research purpose, and you know you have to check in to Indian flights, you can read this article which explains airline luggage regulations in Indian flights. This might be helpful to you.

Whether you are an Indian traveler or foreign tourist, you may have checked in to both international and domestic flights of Indian origin. You can see airline luggage regulations are different in every Indian flight; especially the rules of check-in and cabin baggage allowance rule varies a lot from domestic to international flights.

So, let’s explain step by step.

Restricted Items as per Indian Airlines Luggage Regulations

People have knowledge about airline luggage regulations in Indian flights
People are waiting in airport with luggages to check in

There are certain items which are totally banned to keep in your baggage while you are checking in to any Indian airlines; those items cannot be included either in checked in or in carrying on baggage. There are few restricted items for carrying on or cabin baggage, which may be included in checked in baggage.

However, the list is very much similar to most of the other airlines in the world. We are including the list in this article for your remembrance.

A. Following Items are totally banned in Indian airlines (both in Carry on or in Checked in baggage).

  • Any Explosive Materials: This means each and every such item; you are supposed to realize.
  • Compressed/liquefied gases: Butane, Oxygen, Liquid nitrogen, Aqualung cylinders etc. and any other.
  • Flammable Items: Aerosol, Fuels, Gasoline, Gas Torch, Lighter, Matchbox and sticks, Turpentine, Paint Thinner etc.
  • Oxidizing materials: bleaching powder, peroxides etc.
  • Any type of poisonous substances: bacteria or virus materials etc.
  • Any class of infectious substances: insecticides, weed-killers etc.
  • Any type of radioactive materials: Uranium, Plutonium of any other.
  • All types of corrosive or irritative materials: acids, alkalis, mercury, toilet cleaners, wet cell battery etc.
  • Magnetized materials.
  • Briefcases with installed alarm devices.

B. Following items are restricted in carrying on or cabin baggage.

  • Lighters, Scissors-metal, Replica of toy weapon.
  • Any Sharp Object: Scissors, Cutters, Ice Axes, any type of blade (including razor blade), any type of knife (including utility knives), Sabres, Sword etc.
  • Sports items: Any type of Bat, Golf Clubs, any type of Sports stick, Bows and Arrows, Pool Cues, Spear Guns etc.
  • Any type of Guns, firearms or their parts (BB guns, Compressed Air Guns, a replica of guns/firearms, Ammunition, Starter pistols)
  • Tools: Axes and hatchets, Crowbars, Cattle Prods, Hammers, any type of Drills, any type of Saws, Screwdrivers (eyeglass repair kits may be allowed), Wrenches, Pliers and anything similar.
  • Any type of Self Defense Items/weapons: Pepper Spray, Billy Clubs, Black Jacks, Brass Knuckles, Kubatons, Night Sticks, Nunchakus, Martial Arts Items, Stun Guns/Shocking Devices, Throwing Stars and anything related.
  • Power Banks, SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 7.

C. Following are restricted items which may be allowed as checked in item after special approval

  • Wheelchair/ Mobility Scooter powered by spillable/non-spillable batteries
  • Other medical devices
  • dry ice

Baggage Allowance in Various Indian Airlines

The major airlines in India are Air India, Air Asia India, Alliance Air, Go Air, Indigo, Jet Airways, Jet Konnect, Spice Jet and Vistara. General airlines baggage regulations for Indian flights has been discussed in the last section. Now you’ll be provided the rules for free baggage allowances for these 8 major airlines in India.

Air India

Air India is the property of Government of India. They have different baggage rules for international and domestic flights.

Be aware of airline luggage regulations for Air India flights.
A flying Air India flight

A. Checked in Baggage Allowance in International flights

  • Dimension of each bag: 158 cm or 62 inch (length + width + height)
  • Maximum allowed weight per bag for economy class: 23 kg (50 lbs)
  • Maximum allowed weight per bag for first and business class: 32 kg (70 lbs)
  • Maximum number of baggage allowed by per passenger in economy class: 2
  • Maximum number of baggage allowed by per passenger in first and business class: 2
  • For economy class: combined dimension 2 bag must not exceed 273cm (107 inches)
  • Infants baggage for all classes: 10 kg

B. Checked in Baggage Allowance in domestic flights

  • Dimension for each bag: 158 cm or 62 inch (length + width + height)
  • Maximum allowed total baggage weight for economy class:  25 kg
  • Maximum allowed total baggage weight for business class:  35 kg
  • Maximum allowed total baggage weight for first class:          40 kg
  • Maximum weight permissible for a single piece of baggage: 32 kgs
  • Maximum number of baggage allowed by per passenger in economy class: 1
  • Maximum number of baggage allowed by per passenger in first/business class: 2
  • Infants baggage for all classes: 10 kg

C. Carry on baggage Allowance in international and domestic Boeing and Airbus aircraft

  • Dimension per bag: 115 cm (length + width + height) or 55 x 35 x  25 cms (height x length x Width)
  • Maximum allowed weight per bag for economy class: 8 kg (17.6 lbs)
  • Maximum allowed weight per bag for first/business class: 8 kg (17.6 lbs)
  • Maximum number of baggage allowed by per passenger in economy class: 1
  • Maximum number of baggage allowed by per passenger in business class: 2
  • In addition,1 personal bag is allowed for the passengers of each all classes: Lady’s handbag, Laptop, overcoat/wrap, blanket, camera/binoculars, reading materials, Infant’s feed/basket, fully collapsible wheelchair, crutches, walking stick, folding umbrella, medicine.

D. Charges for excess baggage

  • Domestic: INR 500 / kg + GST
  • International (Weight): Varies upon route/destination – (first excess 0-23 kg: USD 50-300), (excess 23-32 kg: USD 40-180)
  • International (dimension): 158-203 cm : USD 40-180

Alliance Air

Alliance air is a fully owned subsidiary of Air India Limited and provides services in 53 destinations within the nation via 16 ATR 72-600 (70 Seater) and 2 ATR 42-320 (48 Seater) aircraft. Due to the smaller size of the aircraft, the airline luggage regulations in Alliance Air differs a lot from Air India, especially the allowances for the cabin baggage.

A. Checked in Baggage Allowance

  • Dimension for each bag: 158 cm or 62 inch (length + width + height)
  • Maximum allowed total baggage weight for each passenger:  20-25 kg (varies on destination and connection)
  • Maximum number of baggage allowed by per passenger: 1

B. Carry on Baggage Allowance

  • Dimension for each bag: 85 cms (linear) or 40 x 30 x 15 cms (16 x 12 x 15 inches) (height x length x Width)
  • Maximum allowed total baggage weight for each passenger: 5 kg
  • Maximum number of baggage allowed by per passenger: 1

Air Asia India

A. Checked in Baggage Allowance

  • Dimension for each bag: 158 cm or 62 inch (length + width + height)
  • Maximum allowed total baggage weight for domestic flights: 15 kg
  • Maximum allowed total baggage weight for international flights: 20-40 kg (please check conditions)
  • For other details please contact airline (Other details not specified systematically)

B. Carry on baggage Allowance

  • Dimension per bag : 56cm X 36cm X 23cm (height x length x Width)
  • Additional cabin baggage dimension: 40 X 30 X 23cm (height x length x Width)
  • The additional bag may be 1 laptop bag/handbag.
  • Maximum allowed weight per bag: 7 kg
  • Total weight per bag: 7 kg

C. Charges for excess baggage

  • You can pre-book for the excess baggage.

Go Air

Following section is dedicated to the airline luggage regulations for Go Air airlines.
A Go Air flight is flying inside the cloud

A. Checked in Baggage Allowance

  • Dimension for each bag: 158 cm or 62 inch (length + width + height)
  • Maximum allowed total baggage weight for economy class:  15 kg
  • Maximum allowed total baggage weight for business class: Up to 35 kg
  • Maximum number of baggage allowed by per passenger in economy class: 1
  • Maximum number of baggage allowed by per passenger in business class: Varies
  • For infants: None extra

B. Carry on baggage Allowance in international and domestic Boeing and Airbus aircraft

  • Dimension per bag: 115 cm (length + width + height) or 55 x 35 x 25 cms (height x length x Width)
  • Maximum allowed weight per bag for any class: 7 kg (17.6 lbs)
  • Maximum allowed weight per bag for first/business class: 8 kg (17.6 lbs)
  • Maximum number of baggage allowed by per passenger in any class: 1

Indigo

Check the airline luggage regulations for Indigo.
Indigo is on the runway, ready to run and take off

A. Checked in Baggage Allowance

  • Dimension for each bag: 158 cm or 62 inch (length + width + height)
  • Maximum allowed total baggage weight for domestic flights: 15 kg
  • Maximum allowed total baggage weight for international flights (Bangkok, Dhaka, Kuala Lumpur, Male’, Phuket, Hong Kong & Kathmandu): 20 kg
  • Maximum allowed total baggage weight for international flights (Colombo, Doha, Dubai, Muscat, Sharjah, Singapore, Abu Dhabi & Kuwait): 30 kg

B. Carry on baggage Allowance

  • Dimension per bag: 115 cm (length + width + height) or 55 x 35 x  25 cms (height x length x Width)
  • Maximum allowed weight per bag for any class: 7 kg
  • Maximum allowed weight per bag for first/business class: 8 kg (17.6 lbs)
  • Infants baggage for all classes: 7 kg

C. Charges for excess baggage

  • Domestic: INR 400/kg
  • International: INR 525/kg

Jet Airways

Let's know about airline luggage regulations of Jet Airways.
A Jet Airways flight is uploading passengers and luggages

A. Checked in Baggage Allowance (domestic)

  • Dimension for each bag: Not specified
  • Maximum allowed total baggage weight for economy class:  15-25 kg
  • Maximum allowed total baggage weight for business class: Up to 30 kg
  • Maximum number of baggage allowed by per passenger in economy class: 1
  • Maximum number of baggage allowed by per passenger in business class: 2

B. Checked in Baggage Allowance (International)

  • Dimension for each bag: 158 cm or 62 inch (length + width + height)
  • Maximum allowed total baggage weight for economy class:  23-30 kg (depends upon destination)
  • Maximum allowed total baggage weight for business class: 32-40 kg (depends upon destination)
  • Maximum number of baggage allowed by per passenger in economy class: 1-2 (depends)
  • Maximum number of baggage allowed by per passenger in business class: 1-3 (depends)

C. Carry on baggage Allowance

  • Dimension per bag for Boeing aircrafts (for domestic and international): 21.7 X 35 X 25 inches or 55 X 35 X 25 cms (height x length x Width)
  • Dimension per bag for ATR aircrafts (for domestic): 19.5 X 17.6 X 8 inches or 50 X 45 X 20 cms (height x length x Width)
  • Maximum allowed weight per bag for any class (domestic): 7 kg
  • Maximum allowed weight per bag for economy class (International): 7 kg
  • Maximum allowed weight per bag for business class (International): 10 kg
  • Maximum number of the allowed bag: 1

D. Charges for excess baggage

  • USD 150 and varies upon conditions

Spicejet

Check the airline luggage regulations for Spicejtet.
A Spicejet airplane is uploading luggage at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata

A. Checked in Baggage Allowance (domestic)

  • Dimension for each bag: Not specified
  • Maximum allowed total baggage weight:  15 kg (22 kg for J&K)
  • Maximum number of baggage allowed by per passenger: 1

B. Checked in Baggage Allowance (International)

  • Dimension for each bag: 158 cm or 62 inch (length + width + height)
  • Maximum allowed total baggage weight: 20-30 kg (depends upon destination)
  • Maximum number of baggage allowed by per passenger: 1-2 (depends)

C. Carry on baggage Allowance

  • Dimension per bag for Boeing aircrafts: 115 cms (height + length + Width)
  • Dimension per bag for ATR aircrafts: 108 cms (height + length + Width)
  • Maximum allowed weight per bag: 7 kg
  • Maximum number of the allowed bag: 1
  • Additional items: ladies’ purse or a small bag containing laptop not weighing more than 3 kgs.

D. Charges for excess baggage

  • contact airlines

Vistara

A. Checked in Baggage Allowance (domestic)

  • Dimension for each bag: Not specified
  • Maximum allowed total baggage weight for economy class:  15-30 kg (depends)
  • Maximum allowed total baggage weight for business class: 30-40 kg (depends)
  • Maximum number of baggage allowed by per passenger: 1-2 (maximum 32 kg/bag)

B. Carry on baggage Allowance

  • Dimension per bag for Boeing aircrafts: 55 x 40 x 20cm / 22 x 16 x 8 inches.
  • Maximum allowed weight per bag for economy class: 7 kg
  • Maximum allowed weight per bag for premium class: 10 kg
  • Maximum allowed weight per bag for business class: 12 kg
  • Maximum number of the allowed bag: 1
  • Additional items: A Lady’s handbag, overcoat/rag/wrap, camera/ binoculars, reading materials, Infant’s feed /Feeding bottle, Collapsible wheelchair/crutches/ Walking stick/umbrella (Folding type), A Laptop etc.

C. Charges for excess baggage

  • INR 500/kg

Air Deccan, Air Odisha, JetKonnect, Luwang Air, Zoom Air are some other air services in India. Apart from these airlines of all countries land in international Indian airports. If you are choosing to book any of those for international travel you can simply contact to the corresponding airline authority for their luggage regulations.  

Conclusion

Now you have sufficient baggage idea to start your pack up before heading for a trip in India. However, now you are aware of several destinations in incredible India too, which may help you to arrange your trip in a proper way. To shift from one place to another, flights are the best way especially if you like to save your time. Moreover, the domestic flight fares are almost comparable to a first-class train ticket in India, but you have to plan and book early.

We hope the information about airline luggage regulations in major Indian flights will help you a lot in your upcoming trip, though a few information you need to gather after booking. But, in terms of selecting a perfect sized suitcase for Indian airlines, this article will be helpful. Additionally, you are getting an idea for average baggage weight in domestic and international flights which help you to include clothes and other accessories selectively in your suitcase. In case your baggage weight is becoming excess, you can simply divide into 2-3 suitcases (one may be carried by your partner, even a small pieces of luggage maybe carried by your kid).

If you like this article and find it helpful please share this and share your insights in the comment box below. If you have some suggestions or questions, then please feel free to post your query in the comment box. I shall be more than happy to reply/help you.

14 thoughts on “Airline Luggage Regulations – Indian Flights

  1. Cathy Cavarzan

    This is a very well researched article on what the requirements are if traveling to India and abroad. The airlines now days make it so difficult and confusing to find what the requirements are . We need sites and articles like this that lay it all out without searching. Thank you 

    1. Dr. SD

      Than you for your visit here in MTA, and share your insight on this article. It is my delight that, you like the article.

      We are working in this area and continue to post more similar articles explaining airlines luggage regulations all over the world.

  2. Autofreak

    This is highly informative, I am not an Indian and I have no plan to work or live in India. But a book made me fall in love with a few Indian culture. In The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, the author described Himalaya as one of the coolest places to visit in the world. For this reason, it is part of my tourism wish list.I was surprised that toys that resemble weapons are not allowed in India airline, though I would love to know why.

    1. Dr. SD

      Himalayan region is really a beautiful place to visit. The huge belt of the Himalaya offers you a lot of incredible places that you’ll just fell in love with. I couldn’t describe those here in this article as it is mainly on a different topic explaining the airline’s luggage regulations in the Indian airline, to help travelers who visit India.

      We are preparing more articles explaining the beautiful places throughout India.

      The description of the monk you have read in the book is absolutely right.  

      The replica of a weapon may be dangerous sometime to horrify the passengers. To keep calm weather inside flight they do not allow even a toy which is a replica of weapon.

      Thank you for your visit here.

  3. Tolu

    thanks for taking the time to write this informative piece. You did a great work. Though I have not been to India that does not mean what you have written is not useful to me. Going by your description of the place I must surely visit India soon. The keyword when traveling is to travel light. Traveling with excess luggage can put someone at risk. I try as much as possible to travel light either by air, rail or road. thanks for the information of those things a traveler is prohibited to carry along when traveling by air. very useful.

    Great piece 

    1. Dr. SD

      Thanks for your visit to MTA and your compliments.

      Maybe you are not an Indian, but the general baggage regulations are similar to other airlines, may vary a little though. The rules for free baggage allowances are different in other airlines depending on the size of the aircraft. 

      We are publishing similar articles for other parts of the world too. Another similar content published a few days back is, “Baggage size in airlines – Africa

      If you ever plan to visit African countries, you can take a look.

  4. Chris

    Great article on what can and can’t be taken onto a Indian plane, as we are planning a trip to the country this summer, and we have never been before. 

    I was a little surprised to see that liquids/drinks were not included on the danger list, why is this? Most flights have banned drinks being taken on them from the outside these days?

    1. Dr. SD

      Thank you for your visit here in MTA and share your insight.

      It is nice that you are visiting India in the summer, but summer is hot in India, so choose hilly places rather than seaside. To get an idea about the best places to visit in India you can keep watching here on this website, a lot of ideas are coming soon. However, for the season of winter, you can check some links for a better idea:

      Cola beach in Goa

      Things to do in Pondicherry – … >

      Liquid or drinks, of course, may be poisoned, which is the a main reason that many airlines do not allow. Besides, people often throw plastic bottles here and there. Indian airlines will serve you purified water in free of cost during your journey. 

  5. Abe903

    Everything and anything when talking about luggage/baggage in every airport /airline is hard to think because in every airline in airports the world has luggage /baggage rules and regulations. It is better to plan and manage your upcoming flights. Study or think all the rules and regulations of the airline that you’re going to face, from weight or kilos of every baggage. it’s hard to have or becoming excess baggage, they collect you some amount depending on how much your excess. Some others decide to return the extra or excess baggage. So when you do this it takes another extra time and effort. the best way is to take a good plan before your coming to flight….from ticket /baggage and all info of your flight before anything else…

    1. Dr. SD

      Thank you for your visit here in MTA and post a comment.
      You are right, if you don’t reach the airport without proper planning about your luggage, you have to pay extra bucks which are very embarrassing. So the simplicity about the baggage we have created this post, though it is mainly for the tourists or travelers in India. However, we are publishing similar contents on ‘airline baggage regulations’ for many other popular countries.

  6. Achievers

    Thanks so much for sharing this. It is really essential to have airline regulations because it safeguard the lives of passengers and airline crew from hijackers, or threat by some passengers that may appear dangerous to aircraft. I am not an Indian but I appreciate this. Thanks for the list of items that are allowed and not allowed in boarding an aircraft. 

    1. Dr. SD

      Thanks for your visit and sharing the insight.

      Though you are not an Indian, the general baggage regulations are almost similar to every airline. So anybody can follow the general rules. But the rule for free baggage allowances is different in many airlines. This article described the baggage allowance details only for Indian flights so that Indian and foreign travelers get a general idea before their trip to India.

      However, we are publishing similar articles for other popular nations too.

  7. Abe903

    It’s hard to think Everything and anything when we talking about luggage/ baggage. It’s better to make a good plan before your upcoming flight, from your ticket, baggage etc. You need to know much the rules and regulations of that airline that you’re going to avail. the weight of the baggage, how many hand carry are allowed. Its hard to becoming or have an extra/excess baggage at the airport.it takes time and effort to arrange all that. The best way is plan..plan..to your coming flight….

    1. Dr. SD

      Thank you for your visit and post a comment.

      Planning before a trip is the best way, you are absolutely right. If you plan accordingly, you can have a hassle free journey.

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