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Baggage rules

Before your flight with airBaltic, we kindly ask you to familiarise yourself with our baggage rules. We also recommend you use Manage my booking to check your booking class to confirm how much baggage you are entitled to carry.

 

Hand luggage

For the safety and convenience of you and your fellow passengers, each passenger (except infants) is allowed:

  • 2 pieces of hand luggage with Business Smart, Business Elite tickets and for PINS VIP members
  • 1 piece of hand luggage with an 8 kg weight limit with Economy Smart, Economy Elite and Basic tickets.

Hand luggage must be stowed under the seat in front of you or in the locker above your seat. The overall dimensions of each piece of hand luggage may not exceed 55x40x20 cm. 

Passengers with reduced mobility are allowed to bring auxiliary devices into the aircraft cabin, provided that safety rules are not violated.

Briefcases, laptops, cameras etc. must be carried within your single piece of hand luggage. All passengers are entitled to carry one duty free item purchased at the airport in addition to the hand luggage included in the ticket price. Extra/oversized hand luggage will be refused at the boarding gate or, where available, placed in the hold of the aircraft for a fee of EUR 60.

If you are unsure about the size and/or weight of your hand luggage, please contact the baggage drop-off desk before going through security. If your hand luggage is found to exceed the limits, you will be required to check it in for a EUR 40 fee. This is cheaper than what you would be charged at the gate!

 

Checked baggage

Each piece of free checked baggage and each piece of additionally purchased baggage entitles the passenger to a 20 kg allowance per piece.

For example: 1 bag included in the fare (20 kg) + 1 extra bag purchased at the airport (20 kg) = 2 bags / 40 kg

  • 1 bag - 20 kg
  • 2 bags - 40 kg
  • 3 bags - 60 kg
  • 4 bags - 80 kg
  • 5 bags - 100 kg

Checked baggage allowances per class:

Business Elite - up to 3 pieces of checked baggage with a joint weight of up to 60 kg free of charge.

Business Smart - up to 3 pieces of checked baggage with a joint weight of up to 60 kg free of charge.

Basic - the following fees apply:

  • EUR 24.99 per bag per one way journey while booking tickets on airBaltic.com
  • EUR 35 per bag per one way journey via other sales channels (e.g. agencies or ticket offices)
  • EUR 34.99 per bag per one way journey when paying online via Manage my booking or online check-in
  • EUR 40 per bag per one way journey at the airport check-in desk.

If your trip includes a stopover in Riga exceeding 24 hours, the baggage fee will be applied to each flight separately.

Economy Smart - 1 piece of checked baggage of up to 20 kg free of charge.

Economy Elite - 1 piece of checked baggage of up to 20 kg free of charge.

PINS VIP members

  • with a Business Smart or Business Elite ticket - 5 pieces (up to 100 kg) free of charge
  • with an Economy Smart or Economy Elite ticket - 3 pieces (up to 60 kg) free of charge
  • no free baggage allowance for Basic class passengers.

PINS Executive members

  • with a Business Smart or Business Elite ticket - 4 pieces (up to 80 kg) free of charge
  • with an Economy Smart or Economy Elite ticket - 2 pieces (up to 40 kg) free of charge
  • no free baggage allowance for Basic class passengers.

Infants can travel with one piece of checked baggage of up to 10kg free of charge. One fully collapsible pram or stroller, a carrycot or an infant car type seat can be transported free of charge on top of the free 10kg checked baggage allowance. One adult + infant baggage can be pooled.

Some items must not be included in your checked baggage: fragile items such as glasses, foodstuffs, perishable items, items of a special value, such as money, keys, prescribed medicine, negotiable papers, securities or other valuables, business documents, passports and other identification documents, or samples, jewellery, precious metals, electronic/electrical devices, such as cameras, computers, mobile phones and musical instruments.

One passenger can check in up to 5 pieces of baggage. Please note that the baggage allowance for passengers travelling together cannot be pooled, except if the passengers are included in the same booking!

Heavy baggage fee

At the airport, if any piece of checked baggage exceeds the 20 kg per bag allowance, passengers will be charged a EUR 40 heavy baggage fee. This charge is applied per bag not per kg. The charge is collected only at airports.

The maximum weight of one piece of checked baggage is 32 kg! So, the heavy baggage fee will be applied to all pieces of checked baggage weighing between 21 and 32 kg!

If your checked baggage allowance exceeds both the number of pieces and weight allowed, both fees will be applied simultaneously.

All  baggage fees are non-refundable.

 

On flights not operated by airBaltic

At least one unit of checked baggage is included in the reservation for the whole flight, if your itinerary includes flights operated by airlines other than airBaltic. The weight of the included checked baggage is determined, according to IATA resolution no. 302, by the Most Significant Carrier. Please contact the airBaltic call centre or e-mail reservations@airbaltic.com , or contact the other airlines listed on your itinerary, for detailed information on the free baggage allowance included with your ticket, or to add additional baggage or weight allowances.

 

Sports equipment

Business Smart and Business Elite ticket holders can transport one set of sports equipment free of charge.

PINS VIP members are also permitted to check in one set of sports equipment for free, however, this does not apply to those passengers travelling on Basic class tickets.

Basic, Economy Smart and Economy Elite ticket holders will be charged:

The maximum weight allowance for each set of sports equipment is 20 kg. Each set of equipment must be packed in one baggage unit, otherwise the sports equipment fee will be charged per piece of equipment. If the weight of the sports equipment set exceeds 20 kg, passengers will be charged a 40 EUR “heavy baggage fee” for each sports equipment set weighing between 21 and 32 kg. This charge is applied per set, not per kg. The charge is collected only at airports. The maximum weight of one set of sports equipment is 32 kg.

Only a limited number of sets of sports equipment can be accepted on each flight therefore anyone wishing to transport sports equipment should declare it in advance.

We accept the following sports equipment:

Bicycles

One bicycle per passenger with the pedals removed and the handle-bar turned.

Diving equipment

One set of diving equipment comprises one empty scuba tank, one scuba regulator, one tank harness, one tank pressure gauge, one mask, two fins, one snorkel, one knife, one spear gun and one safety vest.

Golf equipment

A golf set consists of one golf bag containing one set of up to 14 golf clubs, 12 golf balls and one pair of golf shoes.

Skiing equipment

A set of skiing equipment consists of one pair of skis, one pair of ski boots, helmet and one pair of ski poles. Skiing equipment may be packed in 2 bags.

Snowboarding equipment

A set of snowboard equipment consists of one pair of snowboard boots, helmet and one snowboard. Snowboard equipment may be packed in 2 bags.

Ice hockey equipment

A set of ice hockey equipment consists of an ice hockey helmet, stick, skates and one set of ice hockey wear including protectors and pads. Hockey equipment may be packed in 2 bags.

Fishing equipment

A set of fishing equipment consists of one rod, one angler bag and one bait box. Suitable packaging is required.

Surf/kite board and windsurfing equipment

One passenger may transport:

  1. one kite board and one kite or,
  2. one surfboard or,
  3. one set of windsurfing equipment.

Items must be packed in one parcel with dimensions not exceeding 213x76x41cm (Boeing 737-300/500 flights).

This type of equipment is not accepted on Bombardier Q400 flights.

 

Other special baggage

Prams

If the reservation includes an infant (up to 2 years old), one fully collapsible pram or stroller, a carrycot or an infant car type seat can be transported free of charge on top of the free 10kg checked baggage allowance.

Wheelchairs

A wheelchair is transported without any additional charge if it is required for the mobility of a passenger. airBaltic requires passengers to report the use of a wheelchair at least 48 hours before departure.

Cellos, other musical instruments and fragile items

Cellos, other musical instruments and fragile items may be accepted for carriage in the cabin and will be placed on the seat next to the passenger. The maximum weight of each item may not exceed 32kg and overall dimensions are limited to:

  • cello and guitar 35x50x150cm (Boeing flight) or 35x40x135cm (Bombardier Q400 flights);
  • other items 43x45x95cm (Boeing flight) or 42x43x85cm (Bombardier Q400 flights).

Tickets for cellos, other musical instruments and fragile items can be bought at airBaltic ticket offices or travel agencies only, together with an adult passenger ticket. Cellos with an adult ticket booked online won't be accepted for carriage. If you need to transport a cello, other musical instruments or fragile items please contact an airBaltic ticket office or your local travel agency.

Small fragile items and musical instruments that do not require an extra seat may be allowed on board as extra hand luggage for the special fee of EUR 40 when paid via the online payment form or EUR 60 when paid at airport ticket offices, per one way journey.

A maximum of 1 extra piece of hand luggage per passenger is allowed. The weight of each item may not exceed 8 kg and the overall dimensions are limited to 55x40x20 cm (with only exception to violin – maximum allowed case length 80cm). Check-in agents reserve the right to limit hand luggage to a minimum even if the passenger has paid for extra hand luggage to be taken on board.

Bulky items, musical instruments, child/infant car type seats etc. which do not qualify as hand luggage are included in the total baggage allowance.

If you wish to transport special baggage (e.g. other sports equipment, weapons, other music instruments etc.) not mentioned here please contact airBaltic ticket offices or representatives for more detailed information.

Due to the limited space in each aircraft for transporting special baggage, you are kindly asked to arrange the transporting of any special item of baggage with us in advance.

All baggage fees are non-refundable.

Restricted items

Before flying we request passengers consult the information on Baggage restrictions - the transporting of dangerous goods and restricted articles.

Duty free liquids

As of 31 January 2014, duty free liquids purchased at any Schengen or non-Schengen airport or on board any airline may be carried as hand luggage, provided the following conditions apply:

  • The duty free liquid and receipt must be sealed at the time of purchase inside a security bag with a red border.
  • The security bag is not opened until arrival at the passenger’s final destination.
  • For security screening at transit airports, the duty free purchase will be taken out of your hand luggage and screened separately (similarly to what is done with laptops).
  • The security officer may need to open the security bag for screening. In case the passenger has a connecting flight at another airport, he/she shall alert the security officer so the duty free liquids can be re-sealed in a new security bag.

Please note, the new procedure may result in longer queues at security control points. Make sure you leave yourself enough time to reach the gate for boarding!

For more detailed information, please refer to the European Commission's Information for air travellers.

 

The following rules apply to sports equipment allowances purchased between 10th March and 1st April 2014:

Sports equipment

Business Smart and Business Elite ticket holders can transport one set of sports equipment free of charge.

PINS VIP members are also permitted to check in one set of sports equipment for free, however, this does not apply to those passengers travelling on Basic class tickets.

Basic, Economy Smart and Economy Elite ticket holders will be charged:

The maximum weight allowance for each set of sports equipment is 32 kg. Each set of equipment must be packed in one baggage unit, otherwise the sports equipment fee will be charged per piece of equipment.

Only a limited number of sets of sports equipment can be accepted on each flight therefore anyone wishing to transport sports equipment should declare it in advance.

Rules regarding other baggage remain unchanged.

The following rules apply to flights booked prior to 10th March 2014 and baggage purchased prior to 10th March 2014:

Baggage rules

Hand luggage

For the safety and convenience of you and your fellow passengers, each passenger (except infants) is allowed:

  • 2 pieces of hand luggage with Business Smart and Business Elite tickets
  • 1 piece of hand luggage with an 8 kg weight limit with Economy Smart, Economy Elite and Basic tickets.

Hand luggage must be stowed under the seat in front of you or in the locker above your seat. The overall dimensions of each piece of hand luggage may not exceed 55x40x20 cm. 

Passengers with reduced mobility are allowed to bring auxiliary devices into the aircraft cabin, provided that safety rules are not violated.

Briefcases, laptops, cameras etc. must be carried within your single piece of hand luggage. All passengers are entitled to carry one duty free item purchased at the airport in addition to the hand luggage included in the ticket price. Extra/oversized hand luggage will be refused at the boarding gate or, where available, placed in the hold of the aircraft for a fee of EUR 60.

If you are unsure about the size and/or weight of your hand luggage, please contact the baggage drop-off desk before going through security. If your hand luggage is found to exceed the limits, you will be required to check it in for a EUR 40 fee. This is cheaper than what you would be charged at the gate!

Checked baggage

Each piece of free checked baggage and each piece of additionally purchased baggage entitles the passenger to a 20 kg allowance per piece.

For example: 1 bag included in the fare (20 kg) + 1 extra bag purchased at the airport (20 kg) = 2 bags / 40 kg

  • 1 bag - 20 kg
  • 2 bags - 40 kg
  • 3 bags - 60 kg
  • 4 bags - 80 kg
  • 5 bags - 100 kg

Checked baggage allowances per class:

Business Elite - up to 3 pieces of checked baggage with a joint weight of up to 60 kg free of charge.

Business Smart - up to 3 pieces of checked baggage with a joint weight of up to 60 kg free of charge.

Basic - the following fees apply:

  • EUR 24.99 per bag per one way journey while booking tickets on airBaltic.com
  • EUR 35 per bag per one way journey via other sales channels (e.g. agencies or ticket offices)
  • EUR 34.99 per bag per one way journey when paying online via Manage my booking, the online payment form or online check-in
  • EUR 40 per bag per one way journey at the airport check-in desk

If your trip includes a stopover in Riga exceeding 24 hours, the baggage fee will be applied to each flight separately.

Economy Smart - 1 piece of checked baggage of up to 20 kg free of charge.

Economy Elite - 1 piece of checked baggage of up to 20 kg free of charge.

BalticMiles VIP members

  • with a Business Smart or Business Elite ticket - 5 pieces (up to 100 kg) free of charge
  • with an Economy Smart or Economy Elite ticket - 3 pieces (up to 60 kg) free of charge
  • no free baggage allowance for Basic class passengers (for bookings made after 01/10/2013).

BalticMiles Executive members

  • with a Business Smart or Business Elite ticket - 4 pieces (up to 80 kg) free of charge
  • with an Economy Smart or Economy Elite ticket - 2 pieces (up to 40 kg) free of charge
  • no free baggage allowance for Basic class passengers (for bookings made after 01/10/2013).

Infants can travel with one piece of checked baggage of up to 10kg free of charge. One fully collapsible pram or stroller, a carrycot or an infant car type seat can be transported free of charge on top of the free 10kg checked baggage allowance. One adult + infant baggage can be pooled.

Some items must not be included in your checked baggage: fragile items such as glasses, foodstuffs, perishable items, items of a special value, such as money, keys, prescribed medicine, negotiable papers, securities or other valuables, business documents, passports and other identification documents, or samples, jewellery, precious metals, electronic/electrical devices, such as cameras, computers, mobile phones and musical instruments.

Extra baggage weight

If your baggage exceeds the set weight allowance, you will have to pay an extra charge of  EUR 15 per kilogram for each flight segment. If your checked baggage allowance exceeds both the number of pieces and weight allowed, both fees will be applied simultaneously. Extra weight fees are collected at airBaltic ticket offices only. Please note that the baggage allowance for passengers travelling together (e.g. family) cannot be pooled. One passenger can check in up to 5 pieces of baggage. The maximum weight of one piece of checked baggage is 32 kg.

If you book your ticket on airBaltic.com, your journey includes only flights operated by airBaltic and you know that the weight of your baggage will exceed airBaltic restrictions, pay a EUR 25 flat fee per person for every 5 kg of additional baggage per direction of travel instead of paying much more at the airport!

Online, passengers can buy 5, 10 or 15 kg of extra baggage weight. The more extra baggage weight you purchase in advance, the more you save.

The charge for extra baggage weight at the airport is EUR 15 per kg per flight!

Extra baggage weight

Costs per flight
on airBaltic.com*

Costs at the airport*

Saving
(1 flight per direction)
Saving
(2 flights per direction)

+5 kg

 EUR 25

EUR 75

EUR 50

EUR 125

+10 kg

 EUR 50

EUR 150

EUR 100

EUR 250

+15 kg

 EUR 75

EUR 225

EUR 150

EUR 375

* Costs per single flight

For example - 15 kg extra weight would set you back EUR 225 at the airport. So, paying EUR 75 while booking your ticket online, you save EUR 150 per flight or even EUR 375 per one way journey (if it consists of two flights). 

All  baggage fees are non-refundable.

Rules regarding other baggage remain unchanged.

 

 

 

Please note!

The given prices and information replace any information published previously and are subject to amendments or cancellation taken unilaterally by airBaltic at any time. The equivalent of the given prices in a different currency may vary depending on the currency fluctuation and applied rate. A bank applies its own exchange rates and commissions, thus the total amount may differ from that on the website.

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