Baggage

Some general information concerning your baggage:
  • Please mark each piece of baggage clearly with your name and address.
  • We recommend not to include articles like money, jewelry, computers (e.g. laptops, PCs),
           cameras, negotiable papers, personal items (such as keys …), securities, business documents, 
           samples, passports and other identification documents in your checked baggage. Please carry
           these kinds of articles in your hand luggage. 
  • Your free baggage allowance  is stated on your ticket or on your booking confirmation.
  • Pieces of baggage weighing more than 32 kg will not be accepted at check-in. For pieces  
          of baggage exceeding the maximum total dimensions of 158 cm (length + width + height)
          special transport conditions are applicable. Please notifiy us about such items in advance
          by telephone calling  +43 (0)5 1766 1000 or by our contact form.  

Carry-on baggage

How much carry-on baggage items you may carry on board is determined by the service class you have booked:

Economy Class: 1 x 8 kg
Business Class:  2 x 8 kg

   
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Your carry-on baggage may not exceed the dimensions 55x40x23 cm and the weight of 8 kg.  It must be stored in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you.  Please consider this when packing.  
At the airport, the dimensions and the weight will be checked consistently at the boarding gate at the latest. Carry-on baggage which is too big or too heavy must be checked in. This will be charged if your free baggage allowance is exceeded. Please note, that the charges at the gate are  considerably higher and can only be paid by credit card.

A foldable garment baggage with the maximum dimensions of 57x54x15cm is also regarded as carry-on baggage.

In addition to your carry-on baggage you may take one personal item with a maximum size of 40x30x10cm into the passenger cabin, e.g.  one lady's handbag or one  laptop bag or one shoulder-strapped bag.   

Are you travelling with children up to 2 years of age?
Then you may take one of the following items on board:  

  • 1 baby basket or
  • 1 child car seat or
  • 1 fully collapsible stroller  (max. 10 kg)

If you require baby food for your infant during the flight or if you need medicine due to your health condition, please carry these items in your hand luggage or personal item.  Passengers with reduced mobility may take one pair of crutches or any other kind of prostheses into the passenger cabin.

Important:
Depending on the operating aircraft type and/or fulfilling safety requirements of national authorities, in exceptional cases the hand baggage allowance for our Business class passengers may be reduced to 1 piece of hand baggage only.


Carry-on baggage restrictions


For security reasons, the European Commission has restricted the transportation of liquids
(LAGs – liquids, aerosols and gels) in carry-on baggage when departing at an EU airport.
Please note that outside EU, similar regulations regarding liquids may be in force. Such information usually may be obtained at the internet page of the respective airport.
LAGs in carry-on baggage shall be presented separately from  carry-on baggage at the screening checkpoint.

Liquids in this context includes pastes, lotions, liquid/solid mixtures and the contents of pressurized containers, such as toothpaste, hair gel, drinks, soups, syrups, perfume, shaving foam and other items with similar consistencies.

The following liquids may be transported as carry-on baggage:

•  Liquids, gels and sprays must be held in individual containers not exceeding 100 ml 
   (max. filling quantity as printed on container, not actual contents). The individual containers
   must be placed in a resealable (e.g. "zip-top") clear plastic bag with max. 1 liter capacity. 
   Only one plastic bag is permitted per passenger. The bag has to presented separately at the 
   screening checkpoint.
•  Duty Free liquids in a sealed, standardized security bag, packed together with the receipt.
   The security bag must not be opened before arrival at the final destination.
    Exception: The security officer might need to open the security bag for screening and will re-seal 
    the bag if applicable.
•  Liquids that are intended to be used during the trip and either required for medical purposes
    or a special dietary requirement, including baby food.


Here you may access further information on liquids in carry-on baggage. 

Flights to the U.S.
Basically the above mentioned regulation is also applicable for flights to the U.S. 
Passengers traveling internationally into the United States with a connecting flight will be permitted to carry-on liquids more than 100ml, provided they are presented in a secure, tamper-evident bag with a receipt reflecting the purchase was made within 48 hours. The receptacle containing the liquid must be clear, translucent or tinted. Liquids in opaque or metallic receptacles must not be kept on board when transiting, but packed in checked baggage.

Please observe the list of dangerous goods and prohibited articles below.

Free baggage allowance

Any ticket fare includes a certain amount of free baggage allowance depending on the flight route. Your free baggage allowance is reflected in your ticket or in your booking confirmation.

Hon Circle members, Senators, Star Alliance Gold members and Frequent Travellers enjoy a higher free baggage allowance, except in European Economy Light fare.

On Austrian Airlines operated scheduled flights following basic free baggage allowance rules are applicable to European and Intercontinental routes.



Free baggage allowance on European routes¹
 

Economy Light

Economy Classic & Flex
All Economy Class fares
with departure before 01OCT15

Business 

Adults & children aged 2 years and older*

no baggage

1 x 23 kg

2 x 32 kg

Children
up to 2 years*

no baggage

1 x 23 kg

1 x 23 kg

*In addition a fully collapsible baby stroller up to a weight of 10 kg will be transported free of charge
 for small children.
 ²HON Circle
  Senator
  STAR GOLD

no baggage

In addition to standard allowance according fare: 
+ 1 x 23 kg
In addition to standard allowance according fare:
+ 1 x 32 kg
 ²Frequent 
  Traveller 
  (FTL card)

no baggage

In total:  
2 x 23 kg

In total:  
2 x 32 kg 

The maximum dimensions per item of baggage are 158 cm (width + height + depth).

 ¹The definition „European routes“ in this context includes following area and countries:
   Europe, North Africa (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia), Russia, Azerbaijan,  Armenia, Georgia, Turkey and 
   Cyprus.
² In case of membership- or status cards we will consider the card which entitles you to the highest 
   free baggage allowance. Cards are not combinable in this respect.


Free baggage allowance on Intercontinental routes³

 

Economy

Business

Adults & children aged 
2 years and older*

1 x 23 kg

2 x 32 kg

Children
up to 2 years* 

1 x 23 kg

1 x 23 kg

*In addition a fully collapsible baby stroller up to a weight of 10 kg will be transported free of charge for small children.

 ²HON Circle
  Senator
  STAR GOLD
     In addition to standard 
     allowance according fare:
     + 1 x 23 kg  
      In addition to the standard 
      allowance according fare:
      + 1 x 32 kg  
 
²Frequent 
  Traveller
  (FTL card)
In total: 
2 x 23 kg  
In total: 
2 x 32 kg 

The maximum dimensions per item of baggage are 158 cm (width + height + depth).
 
²In case of membership- or status cards we will consider the card which entitles you to the highest
  free baggage allowance. Cards are not combinable in this respect.
 ³The definition “Intercontinental routes” at Austrian Airlines includes following countries:
   Canada, Egypt, India, Israel, Japan, Jordan, The Maldives, Thailand, USA, United Arab Emirates, Iraq 
   and Libya.
 

Other rules 

  • Regional exceptions may lead to a higher free baggage allowance in Economy Class, they are
           reflected in your ticket or booking confirmation.
  • Other rules and tariffs may apply on flights operated by our partner airlines (Codeshare). 
  • If you combine an Austrian Airlines flight with those of another carrier, please note that
          this airline's rules will also apply to Austrian flights if operating the longest or most significant
          part of the journey. Therefore we kindly recommend you to check your free baggage allowance
          stated on your ticket or on your booking confirmation.  In this case the weight concept might also
          be applicable - then your free baggage allowance is based on the total baggage weight and
          the number of pieces is not restricted, e.g. 20K (for 20kg) 30K (for 30kg). 
  • According to US-DOT and CTA (Canadian Transportation Agency) regulations, it is the first carrier
           stated on your ticket who defines the baggage rules applicable to the entire journey.  

Excess baggage

In case your baggage exceeds the permitted free baggage allowance, an excess baggage charge will be levied. The charges depend on the flight route and differ whether you take additional pieces with you or your permitted item is heavier or bigger than the standard limits.

Pieces of baggage weighing more than 32 kg will not be accepted at check-in.
For pieces of baggage exceeding the maximum total dimensions of 158 cm (length + width + height) special transport conditions are applicable. Please notify us about such items in advance by telephone calling  +43 (0)5 1766 1000 or by our contact form

On Austrian Airlines operated flights the following charges are applicable to European and Intercontinental routes:

EXCESS BAGGAGE CHARGES ON EUROPEAN ROUTES

Charges for additional pieces of baggage¹
ECONOMY LIGHT FARE
1st bag:
max.  23kg and max.  158cm
Advance sale²:  EUR 15
At check-in:       EUR 30
At gate³:             EUR 45
 ALL FARES
 Per additional bag:
 max. 23kg and max. 158cm  EUR 75
USD/CAD  100
 max. 23kg and exceeding 158cm             EUR 175
USD/CAD  250
 24-32kg and max. 158cm EUR 125 
USD/CAD  170
 24-32kg and exceeding 158cm                   EUR 225
USD/CAD  320
 

Charges for baggage items exceeding the standard limits
within the free baggage allowance¹
ECONOMY CLASS FARES
per bag:
max. 23kg and exceeding 158cm EUR 100
USD/CAD  150
24-32kg max. 158cm  EUR 50 
USD/CAD   70
24-32kg and exceeding 158cm EUR 150 
USD/CAD 220
BUSINESS CLASS FARES
per bag
 max. 32kg and exceeding 158cm EUR 100
USD/CAD 150 

 ¹In addition a supplementary Excess Baggage Ticket Service Charge will be levied, the amount 
  depends on the departure airport and varies between EUR 10,- and EUR 20,-.  The 1st bag in
  Economy Light Fare is exempted from this rule.
 ²Advance sale is possible via www.austrian.com, our Call center and travel agencies.
 ³The payment at the gate is possible at certain destinations and via credit card only.

EXCESS BAGGAGE CHARGES ON INTERCONTINENTAL ROUTES

Charges for additional pieces of baggage¹ 
ALL FARES 
Per additional bag: 
max. 23kg and max. 158cm EUR 150
USD/CAD 200
max. 23kg and exceeding 158cm                 EUR 350
USD/CAD 500 
24-32kg and max. 158cm EUR 250
USD/CAD 350 
24-32kg and exceeding 158cm  EUR 450
USD/CAD 650 

Reduced charge for the 2nd bag (max. 23kg and max. 158cm)               
for  following flights and tickets¹ 
ECONOMY CLASS FARES with a free bag allowance of 1 piece
For all tickets
to/from/via USA, Canada*, Mexico 
EUR 75
USD/CAD 100 
For tickets issued on/before 07JAN2015
to/from Japan 
EUR 75
USD/CAD 100
JPY 9000
*EXCEPTION: tickets issued before 10APR2015 between Canada and Great Britain EUR 50 (CAD70).


Charges for baggage items exceeding the standard limits
within the free baggage allowance¹
ECONOMY CLASS FARES
per bag:
 
max. 23kg and exceeding 158cm   EUR 200
USD/CAD 300
24-32kg and max. 158cm EUR 100
USD/CAD 150 
24-32kg and exceeding 158cm         EUR 300
USD/CAD 450 
BUSINESS CLASS FARES
per bag
 
max. 32kg and exceeding 158 cm EUR 200
USD/CAD 300 

 ¹In addition a supplementary Excess Baggage Ticket Service Charge will be levied, the amount
   depends on the departure airport and varies between EUR 10,- and EUR 20,-. 

Sport equipment

Do you want to take your  sports equipment with you?

Sports equipment is part of your free baggage allowance if its size with respect to number and weight  is within the stated limits. 

Due to capacity reasons we can only transport sports equipment which has been confirmed in advance for your entire journey. Therefore please register your sports baggage under +43 (0)5 1766 1000 or via our contact form.  We check, if the required service can be confirmed on the flights you have booked.  We ask for your understanding, that unconfirmed sports equipment will not be accepted  by our check-in staff.  Possible follow up costs (e.g. storage) have to be borne by you. This is also applicable for ski equipment irrespective of whether your ski bags are within your free baggage allowance or will be checked in as excess baggage.

If the transport of your sports equipment is exceeding your free baggage allowance, sport equipment charges are applicable to defined items. Sports equipment which is not contained in this list or which exceeds the defined contents is charged according to the normal excess baggage rates.  

Dangerous goods & prohibited articles

Dangerous goods

Dangerous goods are articles or substances which are capable of posing a risk to health, safety, property or the environment. Special regulations are applicable for the transport of these goods.

Do not carry the following dangerous articles in your baggage or on your person:
  • Disabling devices, e.g. mace, pepper sprays or similar containing irritant or incapacitating
          substances.
  • Elektro shock weapons
  • "Strike anywhere" matches
  • Blue flame or "Cigar"lighters, lighter fuel or lighter refills
  • Liquid oxygen devices
  • Alcoholic beverages exceeding 70 % alcohol by volume
  • Explosives, e.g. fireworks, ammunition with explosive or incendiary projectiles
  • Flammable or spontaneously combustible liquids or solids, e.g. fuel white gas, paint, solvents,
          alcohol exceeding  80 % by volume, charcoal lighter.
  • Oxidizing material, e.g. stain, bleaches
  • Organic peroxides, e.g. hardener for fiberglass
  • Toxic substances, e.g. pesticides, insecticides
  • Infectious substances, e.g. diagnostic specimens
  • Radioactive material
  • Corrosive material, e.g. Mercury
  • Magnetized material 
The following dangerous goods may be carried under special transport conditions:
  • Aerosols
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Ammunition
  • Avalanche rescue backpack
  • Battery powered wheelchairs/mobility devices
  • Camping stoves and fuel containers
  • Cardiac pacemaker
  • Cigarette lighters
  • Consumer electronic devices with fuel cell systems or lithium/lithium ion cells or batteries
  • Diving lamps
  • Dry Ice
  • Dry Shipper (Insulated packaging containing refrigerated liquid nitrogen)
  • Energy efficient light bulbs
  • Fuel cell systems
  • Heat producing articles
  • Hair curlers containing hydrocarbon gas
  • Life jacket
  • Lithium ion batteries
  • Matches
  • Medical oxygen
  • Medicinal or toilet articles
  • Mercury thermometer or barometer
  • Non-flammable, non toxic gas cylinders
  • Oxygen or air cylinders for medical use
  • Portable medical electronic devices
  • Radiopharmaceuticals 
  • Security-type equipment such as attaché cases or cash boxes/bags etc.
    incorporating dangerous goods, such as lithium batteries and/or pyrotechnic material
For details concerning the transport conditions click here.

Prohibited articles
The European Union defines articles in the Commission Regulation (EC) No 185/2010 of 04 March 2010, laying down measures for the implementation of the common basic standards on aviation security, which may not be transported in hand baggage or checked baggage:

Prohibited articles in hand luggage

Prohibited articles in hold (checked) baggage

Customs

Import of meat, dairy products, etc.:

The EU has prohibited the import of meat and dairy products into the European Community unless they are submitted for veterinary control at a border inspection post – this is to contain the threat of foot and mouth disease and other infectious livestock diseases.