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About Etihad Airways

Travelling on limit is overrated whether on budget or on baggage. It is common for us to pack a little over the top while packing, however paying a little extra for that baggage is something none of us are fond of. However, if you are travelling with Etihad Airways then you can take advantage of ample baggage allowance. Etihad Airways Baggage policy ensures that passengers strictly follow the baggage allowance to avoid paying additional charges.    

Etihad Airways, popularly known as the national airline of the United Arab Emirates is also the second largest airline of the country after Emirates. The name Etihad means Union in Arabic. The meaning is symbolic to UAE as it represents the Middle East countries with the world. Etihad has its head office in Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi near the Abu Dhabi International Airport. The airline currently operates more than 1,000 flights per week with more than 120 destinations in the Middle East, Asia, America, Europe, Australia and Africa.

Etihad Airways Baggage Guidelines 

Etihad has several rules when it comes to baggage allowance. The baggage rules for Etihad Airways ensure that every passenger carries permitted size and weight. In case of any overweight or oversized baggage, passengers will have to pay the mentioned charges as per destination and exceeding limit. 

  • According to the Etihad Baggage policy, you can bring three types of baggage including checked , carry-on and extra bags. 
  • If you have connecting flights in your itinerary then you may have to check-in your baggage again at the connecting airport. 
  • If a passenger exceeds the baggage limit then certain extra baggage charges are applicable depending on destinations. 
  • Etihad Airways has separate baggage allowance for pets and infants. 
  • The airline offers separate baggage allowance for international flights that are different compared to domestic flights. 
  • As per Baggage policy Etihad Airways, special items like sports equipment and musical instruments will be accepted on different terms than the regular baggage. 

Etihad Airways Carry-on baggage 

All passengers in Etihad Airways are allowed to carry free cabin baggage with certain weight and size restrictions. Carry-on bags exceeding the limits will be considered as checked baggage or may be charged an excess baggage fee. 

Economy Class

  • All passengers travelling in Economy are allowed one cabin bag weighing up to 7 kg with dimensions bigger than 56 x 36 x 23 cm. 
  • Also, along with the carry-on baggage, passengers can carry one personal bag such as handbag, briefcase, backpack, laptop bag without any additional cost. 

Business, First and The Residence 

  • As per Etihad Airways baggage policy, passengers travelling in the elite class can carry two carry-on bags with a combined weight of up to 12 kg. Each bag cannot be bigger than 56 x 36 x 23 cm. 
  • The airline also offers passengers to carry one personal item such as laptop bag, handbag, briefcase weighing up to 5 kg with maximum dimension of 23 x 39 x 19cm. 

Infant and Children 

  • Etihad Airways allows infants from 7 days to 23 months to travel as lap babies with accompanied adults without additional charges. 
  • Passengers who have booked child fare (older than 2 years) are eligible to carry normal adult baggage allowance as mentioned in baggage policy for Etihad Airways. 
  • Customers can also carry one pushchair, carrycot, car seat as extra baggage at no extra cost. 
  • However, if a customer wishes to take a pushchair as carry-on baggage then the dimension must not exceed 115 cm and weight of 7 kg. 

Etihad Airways Checked Baggage 

Checked Baggage allowance depends on the fare type and destinations  of the customers. Passengers travelling in Business, First and The Residence are allowed to carry checked baggage weighing not more than 32 kg per bag. Economy passengers are eligible to carry checked baggage weighing 23 kg with a total dimension of 158cm (70 x 50 x 38). As per Baggage policy in Etihad Airways economy, infants are allowed to carry one additional check-in bag of up to 23 kg for US/Canada destinations. 

Checked Baggage Allowance for Different Routes  

Destinations Economy ClassBusiness ClassFirst Class
U.S Canada 2 bags 23 kg each 2 bags 32 kg each 2 bags 32 kg each 
Jordan & Lebanon 2 bags 40 kg each2 bags 40 kg each 2 bags 50 kg each 
Africa 2 bags 40 kg each2 bags 40 kg each 2 bags 50 kg each 
Bangladesh, Philippines & Indonesia 2 bags 40 kg each2 bags 40 kg each 2 bags 50 kg each 
India & U.k 2 bags 40 kg each2 bags 40 kg each 2 bags 50 kg each 

Etihad Airways Baggage Allowance for Different Classes

Destinations Economy Deal, Saver, Classic Economy Flex Business ClassFirst Class 
India, China, Australia, Japan, Korea, Pakistan 30 kg 35 kg 40 kg 50 kg 
Asia to Europe 30 kg 35 kg 40 kg 50 kg 
GCC to/from Indian Subcontinent 30 kg 35 kg 40 kg 50 kg 
Philippines, India, Pakistan.30 kg 35 kg 40 kg 50 kg 
Italy & China 30 kg 35 kg 40 kg 50 kg 
India & Pakistan to Australia 30 kg 35 kg 40 kg 50 kg 
UK to India 30 kg 35 kg 40 kg 50 kg 

Etihad Airways Special Items in Carry-on

Passengers often have unconventional baggage along with them which does not classify as both checked or cabin baggage. Thus, the airline advises passengers under Etihad Airways Baggage policy that they must inform the airlines prior about carrying special items before boarding. Apart from that, the airline does have a list of permitted special items on board.  

As Carry-on Allowance 

  • Power bank and spare batteries
  • Pushchair, car seats, travel cots
  • Personal Electronic devices
  • Apple Macbook Pro 
  • Small Musical instruments 
  • Drones 

As Checked Allowance 

  • Scuba Diving equipments 
  • Footballs and other inflatable balls
  • Television
  • Ski and Snowboard 
  • Water Sport equipments 
  • Musical instruments 
  • Ashes and remains 

Extra Allowance 

  • Passengers can carry a golf club free of cost as long as it weighs up to 15 kg. 
  • Scuba diving kits can be included as extra allowance as long as it does not exceed a maximum dimension of 300 cm as per baggage policy of Etihad Airways. 
  • If you are carrying any inflated ball in your checked or carry-on baggage then it must be deflated before the flight. 
  • As for any electronic appliances such as television will be charged an oversized baggage fee worth USD $40-$60 if the television is more than 40 inches. 

Etihad Airways Baggage Fee 

Etihad airlines does not charge any baggage fee until the baggage surpasses the given limit. The airline offers every passenger the feasibility to pay the applicable baggage fee through the website online. 

To/From Extra Bag Fee 
GCC, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia  $307 
Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Sudan $256
Indian Subcontinent$256
Africa $256
Japan/ Korea$280
Australia $280

Etihad Airways Baggage Claim and Compensation 

According to Etihad Airways baggage policy, there are circumstances when your baggage is delayed or lost in transit thus, in such situations, the airline has a baggage claim and compensation policy that provides customers with enough compensation. For damaged, lost or delayed luggage, customers must fill Etihad delayed baggage claim and submit it to the airline staff. 

  • If your luggage is found missing or delayed upon arriving at the destination airport then customers must reach the nearest helpdesk to report the case. 
  • The authority will give you a Property Irregularity Report that will help the airlines to track your baggage. 
  • If you have already left the airport then you can call the baggage service department of Etihad Airlines to report the missing baggage and follow the baggage policy of Etihad Airways. 


  • What is Etihad Airways baggage policy?

    According to the Etihad Baggage policy, you can bring three types of baggage including checked, carry-on and extra bags. All passengers are allowed to carry one piece of carry-on baggage along with checked baggage that depends on the fate type purchased by the customers.

  • How strict is Etihad with baggage allowance?

    As per Etihad Airways baggage policy, the airline has certain restrictions on baggage allowance that depends on the route and cabin class of the flight.

  • How many bags can I check-in ?

    Passengers can check-in as many bags they want as long as they follow the total weight of baggage allowance that is 32 kg. If you are flying to the US or Canada, then your check-in baggage weight is 23 kg with a total dimension of 158cm (70 x 50 x 38).

  • What to do if my bag is damaged by travelling with Etihad Airlines?

    In case of baggage or its content has been damaged you can report the issue to the airlines. You can fill the Property Irregularity Report within 7 days of landing at the destination airport to claim appropriate compensation.

  • Can I carry a television as checked baggage in Etihad Airlines?

    Yes, Etihad Airlines allows you to carry Television as checked baggage on board. However, you will only be charged an oversized baggage fee worth $40 if it is more than 40 inches for flights to/ from all the destinations.

  • Can I carry sports equipment or musical instruments in a checked bag on an Etihad Flight?

    As per Etihad baggage policy, most sports equipment are allowed as part of checked baggage. However, if you are flying with golf clubs then the airline allows you to take one golf bag for free along with applicable checked baggage allowance. The airline also permits customers to carry musical instruments as long as they are packed securely and weigh no more than 32 kg or exceed the dimension more than 300cm.

  • Can I check-in a wheelchair or assistive device?

    If a passenger is in need of a wheelchair, they can request for that at least 48 hours before their scheduled flight. Or passengers can bring their own wheelchair or assistive device for free in addition to their checked baggage allowance. However, teh wheelchair should not exceed the height up to 120 cm and weigh no more than 60 kg.

  • How do I add extra baggage if I have already checked in for my Etihad flight?

    Yes, you can add extra baggage up to six hours before the flight and you can save money if you add the extra baggage online.

  • Are there any prohibited items for checked baggage on a Etihad flight?

    Etihad Airways does not permit certain items such as explosive, flammable items, sharp items and ammunition are not allowed in any carry-on or checked bags.

  • What are the fees for overweight and oversized baggage in Etihad Airways?

    Fees for overweight and oversized baggage may depend on fares and destinations. However, one must check the up-to-date information at the airport.

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