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Updated August 2023

Air India, recognised as India’s leading international airline, serves as a vital link connecting passengers to destinations across the globe while ensuring a seamless and comfortable travel experience. An integral part of this experience is Air India’s baggage allowance policy. Hence, grasping the airline’s stipulations and guidelines concerning baggage is of utmost importance for travellers since it can significantly influence their journey.

In this article, Wego will go through the details of Air India’s baggage policy, looking at weights and rules for what you can bring.

 

Air India baggage allowance

Headquartered in New Delhi, Air India stands as one of India’s major international flag carriers. Following the sale by the Government of India, the airline is now under the ownership of Talace Private Limited, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Sons. Throughout its history, Air India has held a prominent role in linking India with global destinations, serving as a symbol of India’s excellence in aviation.

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Domestic flights

The Air India baggage allowance for domestic flights will depend on the Cabin Class you are travelling in:

Economy
  • Comfort – 20 kg/44 lb
  • Comfort Plus – 25 kg/55 lb
  • Flex – 25 kg/55 lb
Premium economy
  • Comfort Plus – 30 kg/66 lb
  • Flex – 35 kg/77 lb
Business
  • Comfort Plus – 35 kg/77 lb
  • Flex – 40 kg/88 lb
First
  • First – 40 kg/88 lb

Baggage allowance prerequisites

The following are some points to remember about the domestic flights baggage allowance for Air India:

  • the above-mentioned allowances apply only to Air India operated flights and not to Air India Express or codeshare flights.
  • for passengers travelling on Air India domestic sector and connecting to Air India international sector or vice versa on the same ticket, the allowance for the international sector will apply.
  • Star Alliance Gold members are permitted an additional 20 kg/44 lb of baggage in the economy class.
  • members of premium clubs and our Flying Returns programme will get additional baggage.
  • infants are entitled to one collapsible stroller/carrycot/infant car seat.
  • the maximum weight permissible for a single piece of baggage is 32 kg/71 lb. Please note that this rule is applicable to the entire Air India network.
  • passengers can carry assistive devices free of charge as additional baggage subject to the limitation of the aircraft as per the DGCA guidelines.

Baggage dimension rules

The following are some of the rules for the domestic flight baggage dimension for Air India:

First or Business class

The total combined dimensions (length + breadth + height) of each piece should not exceed 157 cm/62 inches.

Economy

The total combined dimensions (length + breadth + height) of both pieces should not exceed 272 cm/107 inches, and that of each piece should not exceed 157 cm/62 inches.

Baggage piece and weight concept

First or Business

The maximum sum or dimensions in Air India domestic flights for First or Business class is 157cm/62 inches, and the maximum weight allowed per piece is 32 kg/71 lb.

Economy

The maximum sum or dimensions in Air India domestic flights for an Economy class is 271 cm/107 in (both pieces combined), and the maximum weight allowed per piece is 23 kg/51 lb.

For more information, please visit the official Air India website.

International flights

Baggage allowance rules for travelling to and from Africa

For flights to and from India and Nairobi:

  • Economy class – 2 pieces of up to 23 kg each
  • Executive class – 2 pieces of up to 23 kg each

Please note that:

  • infants in all classes are allowed one baggage of up to 10 kg.
  • a piece of baggage that weighs more than 32 kg will not be allowed on the flight. This rule is applicable across the Air India network.

Baggage allowance for travelling to and from Australia, the Far East, and Southeast Asia

For flights to and from India and Australia:

  • Economy class – 30 kg/66 lb
  • Executive class – 40 kg/88 lb

For flights to and from India and Tokyo/Osaka:

  • Economy class – 2 pieces of up to 23 kg/51 lb each
  • Executive class – 2 pieces of up to 32 kg/71 lb each

For flights to and from India and Shanghai:

  • Economy class – 20 kg/44 lb
  • Executive class – 30 kg/66 lb

For flights to and from India and Bangkok:

  • Economy class – 30 kg/66 lb
  • Executive class – 40 kg/88 lb

For flights from India to Hong Kong:

  • Economy class – 30 kg/66 lb
  • Executive class – 40 kg/88 lb

For flights from Hong Kong to India:

  • Economy class – 30 kg/66 lb and 40 kg/88 lb
  • Executive class – 40 kg/88 lb and 50 kg/110 lb

For flights to and from India and Singapore:

  • Economy class – 30 kg/66 lb
  • Executive class – 40 kg/88 lb

For flights to and from India and Seoul:

  • Economy class – 2 pieces of up to 23 kg/51 lb each and 1 piece of up to 23 kg/51 lb each
  • Executive class – 2 pieces of up to 32 kg/71 lb each and 1 piece of up to 32 kg/71 lb each

For flights from Seoul to Hong Kong:

  • Economy class – 25 kg
  • Executive class – 40 kg/88 lb

For flights from Osaka to Hong Kong:

  • Economy class – 20 kg/44 lb
  • Executive class – 30 kg/66 lb

For flights from Hong Kong to Seoul/Osaka:

  • Economy class – 30 kg/66 lb
  • Executive class – 40 kg/88 lb

For flights from Tokyo/Osaka to Europe/ UK/ Israel/ USA /Middle East and Gulf/ SAARC:

  • Economy class – 2 pieces of up to 23 kg/51 lb each
  • Executive class – 2 pieces of up to 32 kg/71 lb each

For flights from Australia/ Far East- Southeast Asia to Europe/ UK/ Israel:

  • Economy class – 2 pieces of up to 23 kg/51 lb each
  • Executive class – 2 pieces of up to 32 kg/71 lb each

For flights from Sydney/ Melbourne to the Middle East and Gulf/SAARC

  • Economy class – 30 kg/66 lb
  • Executive class – 40 kg/88 lb

For flights from Australia/ Far East/ Southeast Asia to New York/Chicago/ San Francisco/Washington

  • Economy class – 2 pieces of up to 23 kg/51 lb each
  • Executive class – 2 pieces of up to 32 kg/71 lb each

For flights from Australia/Hong Kong/ Seoul/ Singapore/ Bangkok to the Middle East and Gulf /SAARC

  • Economy class – 30 kg/66 lb
  • Executive class – 40 kg/88 lb

For flights from Shanghai to the Middle East and Gulf /SAARC

  • Economy class – O/B: 20 kg
  • Executive class – O/B: 30 kg

Please note that:

  • infants in all classes are allowed one piece of baggage of up to 10 kg/22 lb.
  • a piece of baggage that weighs more than 32 kg/71 lb will not be allowed on the flight. This rule is applicable across the Air India network.

Baggage allowance for travelling to and from USA and Canada

For flights from India to the USA:

  • Economy class – 2 pieces of up to 23 kg/51 lb each
  • Executive class – 2 pieces of up to 32 kg/71 lb each

For flights from the USA to India/SAARC/Australia/Far East and Southeast Asia:

  • Economy class – 2 pieces of up to 23 kg/51 lb each
  • Executive class – 2 pieces of up to 32 kg/71 lb each

For flights to and from India and Canada:

  • Economy class – 20 kg/44 lb
  • Executive class – 30 kg/66 lb

Baggage allowance for travelling to and from Europe, the UK, and Israel

For flights from India to Europe/ UK/ Israel:

  • Economy class – 2 pieces of up to 23 kg/51 lb each
  • Executive class – 2 pieces of up to 32 kg/71 lb each

For flights to and from India and Russia:

  • Economy class – 30 kg/66 lb
  • Executive class – 40 kg/88 lb

For flights from Europe/UK/Israel to India/SAARC /Australia/Far East/Southeast Asia:

  • Economy class – 2 pieces of up to 23 kg/51 lb each
  • Executive class – 2 pieces of up to 32 kg/71 lb each

Baggage allowance for travelling to and from Gulf and Middle East

For flights from India to Dubai/ Sharjah/ Abu Dhabi/ Muscat/ Bahrain/ Kuwait/ Doha:

  • Economy class – 30 kg/66 lb
  • Executive class – 40 kg/88 lb

For flights from Sharjah and Thiruvananthapuram/ Chennai:

  • Economy class – 30 kg/66 lb
  • Executive class – 40 kg/88 lb

For flights from Dubai to Mumbai/Delhi:

  • Economy class – 35 kg/77 lb (applicable for booking classes S and T) and 40 kg/88 lb (applicable for booking classes other than S and T)
  • Executive class – 50 kg/110 lb

For flights from Abu Dhabi to Mumbai:

  • Economy class – 35 kg/77 lb (applicable for booking classes S and T) and 40 kg/88 lb (applicable for booking classes other than S and T)
  • Executive class – 50 kg/110 lb

For flights from Muscat to Mumbai/Delhi:

  • Economy class – 35 kg/77 lb (applicable for booking classes S and T) and 40 kg/88 lb (applicable for booking classes other than S and T)
  • Executive class – 50 kg/110 lb

For flights from Kuwait to Mumbai/Delhi:

  • Economy class – 35 kg/77 lb (applicable for booking classes S and T) and 40 kg/88 lb (applicable for booking classes other than S and T)
  • Executive class – 50 kg/110 lb

For flights from Kuwait to Mumbai/Chennai/Delhi:

  • Economy class – 40 kg/88 lb (applicable for booking classes other than S and T)
  • Executive class – 50 kg/110 lb

For flights from Kuwait to India:

  • Economy class – 30 kg/66 lb
  • Executive class – 40 kg/88 lb

For flights from Doha to India:

  • Economy class – 40 kg/88 lb
  • Executive class – 50 kg/110 lb

For flights from Muscat to India:

  • Economy class – 30 kg/66 lb
  • Executive class – 40 kg/88 lb

For flights from Bahrain to India:

  • Economy class – 30 kg/66 lb
  • Executive class – 40 kg/88 lb

For flights from Dubai/Sharjah/Abu Dhabi to Europe/UK/USA:

  • Economy class – 2 pieces of up to 23 kg/51 lb each
  • Business class – 2 pieces of up to 32 kg/71 lb each

For flights from Dubai/Sharjah/Abu Dhabi to Far East and Southeast Asia/SAARC:

  • Economy class – 30 kg/66 lb
  • Business class – 40 kg/88 lb

For flights from Kuwait to Far East and Southeast Asia:

  • Economy class – 30 kg/66 lb
  • Business class – 40 kg/88 lb

For flights from Muscat to Europe/UK/USA:

  • Economy class – 2 pieces of up to 23 kg/51 lb each
  • Business class – 2 pieces of up to 32 kg/71 lb each

For flights from Muscat to Far East and Southeast Asia/ SAARC:

  • Economy class – 30 kg/66 lb
  • Business class – 40 kg/88 lb

For flights from Bahrain to Europe/UK/Israel/ USA:

  • Economy class – 2 pieces of up to 23 kg/51 lb each
  • Business class – 2 pieces of up to 32 kg/71 lb each

For flights from Bahrain to Far East and Southeast Asia/ SAARC:

  • Economy class – 30 kg/66 lb
  • Business class – 40 kg/88 lb

Please note that:

  • infants in all classes are allowed one piece of baggage of up to 10 kg/22 lb.
  • a piece of baggage that weighs more than 32 kg/71 lb will not be allowed on the flight. This rule is applicable across the Air India network.

Baggage allowance for travelling to and from SAARC countries

For flights to and from Delhi, Chennai, Varanasi and Colombo:

  • Economy class – 30 kg/66 lb
  • Executive class – 40 kg/88 lb

For flights to and from Dhaka and Kolkata:

  • Economy class – 20 kg/44 lb
  • Executive class – 30 kg/66lb

For flights to and from Delhi, Kolkata and Kathmandu:

  • Economy class – 20 kg/44 lb
  • Executive class – 30 kg/66lb

For flights to and from Delhi and Kabul:

  • Economy class – 40 kg/88 lb
  • Executive class – 50 kg/110 lb

For flights from Bengaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, Delhi to Malé:

  • Economy class – 20 kg/44 lb
  • Executive class – 30 kg/66 lb

For flights from Malé to Bengaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, Delhi:

  • Economy class – 25 kg/55 lb
  • Executive class – 35 kg/77 lb

For flights to and from Delhi and Yangon:

  • Economy class – 30 kg/66 lb
  • Executive class – 40 kg/88 lb

For flights from SAARC to Europe:

  • Economy class – 2 pieces of up to 23 kg/51 lb each
  • Executive class – 2 pieces of up to 23 kg/51 lb each

For flights from SAARC to Far East and Southeast Asia, Saudi Arabia, Middle East and Gulf countries:

  • Economy class – 30 kg/66 lb
  • Executive class – 40 kg/88 lb

Please also note that:

  • infants in all classes are entitled to one baggage of up to 10 kg/22 lb.
  • a piece of baggage that weighs more than 32 kg/70 lb will not be allowed on the flight. This rule is applicable across the Air India network.

Baggage allowance for travelling to and from Saudi Arabia

For flights to and from India and Saudi Arabia (Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam):

  • Economy class – 30 kg/66 lb
  • Executive class – 40 kg/88 lb
  • First class – 50 kg/110 lb

For flights from Dammam/ Riyadh/ Jeddah to Dhaka:

  • Economy class – 30 kg/66 lb
  • Executive class – 40 kg/88 lb

Please also note that:

  • infants in all classes are allowed one baggage of up to 10 kg/22 lb.
  • the sum of length, breadth, and height of each piece must not exceed 158 cm/62 in.
  • if customers are carrying more than one piece, the total sum of length, breadth, and height of all the pieces combined must not exceed 273 cm/107 in.
  • a piece of baggage that weighs more than 32 kg/71 lb will not be allowed on the flight. This rule is applicable across the Air India network.

Baggage dimension rules

First and Business class

The sum of the length, breadth, and height of each piece for First and Business class must not exceed 62 inches or 158 cm. The weight of each piece must not exceed 32 kg or 70 lbs.

Economy class

The total combined dimensions (length + breadth + height) of both pieces in Economy class should not exceed 107 inches or 273 cm. The weight of each piece must not exceed 23 kg or 50 lbs.

Additional baggage allowance for Flying Returns members

Air India and Star Alliance airlines offer members of Flying Returns with some additional baggage allowance on flights operated by them.

Flying Returns Club Piece Concept Flights Weight Concept flights
The Maharaja Club (STAR GOLD) One piece as per cabin class 20 kg/44 lb
Golden Edge Club (STAR GOLD) One piece as per cabin class 20 kg/44 lb
Silver Edge Club One piece as per cabin class 10 kg/22lb
Flying Returns (Base) Nil Nil

 

Please note that for the Maharaja Club (STAR GOLD) and Golden Edge Club (STAR GOLD), only primary active/active Flying Returns members can avail of the additional baggage allowance.

Prerequisites

The following are some of the prerequisites for Flying Returns members to avail of the additional baggage allowance:

  • additional baggage allowance is not available on partner or codeshare flights, including flights marketed by Air India and operated by a partner airline or partner-marketed flights operated by Air India.
  • Silver Edge Club members are eligible for additional baggage allowance on flights operated by Air India only, whereas Golden Edge Club (GEC) and The Maharaja Club (TMC) Members (corresponding to Star Gold) are eligible for additional baggage allowance on Star Alliance operated flights as well.
  • lithium battery-powered self-balancing devices are banned and cannot be carried in passenger baggage. Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is banned and cannot be carried in checked or hand baggage. Power banks cannot be carried in checked baggage but can be carried in hand baggage.
  • power banks should be packed in carry-on bags alone.

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