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 notify us about such items in advance by telephone calling +43 5 1766 1000 or by our contact form.

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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

trolley 1 Your carry-on baggage may not exceed the dimensions 55 x 40 x 23 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 57 x 54 x 15 cm 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 40 x 30 x 10 cm 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 Business
Adults and Children
aged 2 years and older²
no baggage 1 x 23 kg 2 x 32 kg
Children
up to 2 years²
no baggage 1 x 23 kg 1 x 23 kg
HON Circle
Senator
STAR Gold³
no baggage in addition to standard allowance according fare: 
+ 1 x 23 kg
in addition to standard allowance according fare:
+ 1 x 32 kg
Frequent Traveller
(FTL card)³
no baggage in total:
2 x 23 kg
in total:
2 x 32 kg

FREE BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE ON INTERCONTINENTAL ROUTES⁴

  Economy Business
Adults and Children
aged 2 years and older²
1 x 23 kg 2 x 32 kg
Children
up to 2 years²
1 x 23 kg 1 x 23 kg
HON Circle
Senator
STAR GOLD³
in addition to standard allowance according fare:
+ 1 x 23 kg
in addition to the standard allowance according fare:
+ 1 x 32 kg
Frequent Traveller
(FTL card)³
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).

¹ The 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 addition a fully collapsible baby stroller up to a weight of 10 kg will be transported free of charge for small children.
³ 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.
The definition "Intercontinental routes" at Austrian Airlines includes following countries: Canada, China, Cuba, Egypt, Hongkong, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Libya, Mauritius, The Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand and USA.

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). For special baggage requests please contact the operating carrier directly.
  • Different rules and tariffs may be applicable to myAustrian Holidays charter flights.
  • 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 20 kg) or 30K (for 30 kg).
  • According to US-DOT (United States Department of Transportation) 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 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
  Point Of Sale Price
1. bag: max. 23 kg and max. 158 cm advance sale² EUR 15
at check-in EUR 30
at gate³ EUR 45
All other Fares per additional bag
Baggage Dimensions Price
max. 23 kg and
max. 158 cm
EUR 75 or USD/CAD 100
max. 23 kg and
exceeding 158 cm
EUR 175 or USD/CAD 250
24-32 kg and
max. 158 cm
EUR 125 or USD/CAD 170
24-32 kg and
exceeding 158 cm
EUR 225 or USD/CAD 320

Charges for baggage items exceeding the standard limits within the free baggage allowance¹

Economy Class Fares per bag
Baggage Dimensions Price
max. 23 kg and
exceeding 158 cm
EUR 100 or USD/CAD 150
24-32 kg and
max. 158 cm
EUR 50 or USD/CAD 70
24-32 kg and
exceeding 158 cm
EUR 150 or USD/CAD 220
Business Class Fares per bag
Baggage Dimensions Price
max. 32 kg and
exceeding 158 cm
EUR 100 or USD/CAD 150

¹ In 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 first bag in Economy Light Fare up to 23 kg and 158 cm is exempted from this rule.
² Advance sale is possible via www.austrian.com and our call center
³ The 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
Baggage Dimensions Price
max. 23 kg and
max. 158 cm
EUR 150 or USD/CAD 200
max. 23 kg and
exceeding 158 cm
EUR 350 or USD/CAD 500
24-32 kg and
max. 158 cm
EUR 250 or USD/CAD 350
24-32 kg and
exceeding 158 cm
EUR 450 or USD/CAD 650

Reduced charge for the 2nd bag (max. 23 kg and max. 158 cm) for following flights and tickets¹

For Economy Class Fares with a free bag allowance of 1 piece for all tickets to/from/via USA, Canada, Mexico the charge is EUR 75 or USD/CAD 100

Charges for baggage items exceeding the standard limits within the free baggage allowance¹

Economy Class Fares per bag
Baggage Dimensions Price
max. 23 kg and
exceeding 158 cm
EUR 200 or USD/CAD 300
24-32 kg and
max. 158 cm
EUR 100 or USD/CAD 150
24-32 kg and
exceeding 158 cm
EUR 300 or USD/CAD 450
Business Class Fares per bag
Baggage Dimensions Price
max. 32 kg and
exceeding 158 cm
EUR 200 or USD/CAD 300

¹ In 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.

In 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 first bag in Economy Light Fare up to 23 kg and 158 cm is exempted from this rule. Advance sale is possible via  and our call center The payment at the gate is possible at certain destinations and via credit card only. In 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

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 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.
At check-in only pre-notified sporting equipment up to a maximum weight of 32 kg is accepted. The transport has to be confirmed in the reservation in advance. Sports equipment which is not contained in the following list or which exceeds the defined contents is charged according to the normal excess baggage rates.

Sporting
Equipment
Defined
Contents
Charge per Route¹
Europe
 Charge per Route¹
Intercontinental
Total Number
of Bags
Alpinist-,
Hiking-,
Walking-
Equipment
1 backpack
1 ice pick
1 pair of climbing iron
1 pair of sticks
EUR 50
or
USD/CAD 70
EUR 100
or
USD/CAD 150
1
Archery-
Equipment
1 set of bow and arrow packed in
1 durable protective container
EUR 50
or
USD/CAD 70
EUR 100
or
USD/CAD 150
1
Bicycle 1 regular bike (no motor/no e-bike) or
1 special children's trolley to use with a bike or
1 one-wheel bike
EUR 50
or
USD/CAD 70
EUR 100
or
USD/CAD 150
1
Boogieboard
Bodyboard
1 board EUR 50
or
USD/CAD 70
EUR 100
or
USD/CAD 150
1
Bowling-
Equipment
1 bowling bag
1 bowling ball
1 pair of shoes
EUR 50
or
USD/CAD 70
EUR 100
or
USD/CAD 150
1
Canoe
Kayak
1 canoe or
1 kayak (no motor attached)
1 set of paddles
EUR 100
or
USD/CAD 150
EUR 200
or
USD/CAD 300
2
Fencing Equipment 1 bag with:
helmet
fencing uniform and
fencing sword
EUR 50
or
USD/CAD 70
EUR 100
or
US/CAD 150
1
Fishing-
Equipment
1 tackle box or
1 haversack or
1 angler's basket
1 rod
1 bag or
1 box
EUR 50
or
USD/CAD 70
EUR 100
or
USD/CAD 150
2
Golf²-
Equipment
1 golf bag containing
1 set of golf clubs
golf balls and tees
1 pair of golf shoes
EUR 50
or
USD/CAD 70
EUR 100
or
USD/CAD 150
1
Hang Gliding-
Equipment
1 set of hang gliding equipment packed in
1 container
EUR 100
or
USD/CAD 150
EUR 200
or
USD/CAD 300
1
Hockey-
Equipment
1 hockey bag
hockey sticks
1 pair of ice skates
1 set of body protection (knee, arms, etc.)
1 helmet
EUR 50
or
USD/CAD 70
EUR 100
or
USD/CAD 150
2
Horse Riding-
Equipment
1 saddle
1 set of horse harness
1 horse whip
1 pair of riding boots
1 bareback pad
1 set of polo clubs
EUR 100
or
USD/CAD 150
EUR 200
or
USD/CAD 300
2
Inline-Skates 1 pair of inline skates
1 set of body protection (knee, arms, etc.)
1 helmet
EUR 50
or
USD/CAD 70
EUR 100
or
USD/CAD 150
1
Javelin 1 set of javelin equipment packed in
1 container
EUR 50
or
USD/CAD 70
EUR 100
or
USD/CAD 150
1
Kite
Surfboard
Wakeboard
1 kite or
1 surfboard or
1 wakeboard
EUR 50
or
USD/CAD 70
EUR 100
or
USD/CAD 150
1
Longboard 1 board exceeding a length of 2 m EUR 100
or
USD/CAD 150
EUR 200
or
USD/CAD 300
1
Parachute-
Equipment
1 set of parachute equipment packed in
1 container
EUR 50
or
USD/CAD 70
EUR 100
or
USD/CAD 150
1
Pole Vault-
Equipment
1 set of vaulting poles packed in
1 container
EUR 100
or
USD/CAD 150
EUR 200
or
USD/CAD 300
1
Rubber Dinghy 1 rubber dinghy (no motor attached)
1 set of paddles
EUR 100
or
USD/CAD 150
EUR 200
or
USD/CAD 300
2
Scuba-
Equipment
1 diving mask
snorkel, fins
wetsuit
BCD-jacket
regulator
1 empty tankbottle
1 lamp
in accordance with the IATA DGR
EUR 50
or
USD/CAD 70
EUR 100
or
USD/CAD 150
2
Skateboard 1 board
1 set of body protection (knee, arms, etc.)
1 helmet
EUR 50
or
USD/CAD 70
EUR 100
or
USD/CAD 150
1
Ski³-
Equipment
1 pair of ski
1 pair of poles
1 pair of boots (even if in separate bag)
1 helmet
EUR 50
or
USD/CAD 70
EUR 100
or
USD/CAD 150
2
Snowboard³-
Equipment
1 snowboard
1 pair of boots (even if in separate bag)
1 helmet
EUR 50
or
USD/CAD 70
EUR 100
or
USD/CAD 150
2
Sporting-,
Hunting-Weapon
plus Ammunition
sporting/hunting guns
pistols
rifles
plus ammunition (even if packed in separate bag)
in accordance with the IATA DGR
EUR 50
or
USD/CAD 70
EUR 100
or
USD/CAD 150
2
Surfboard 1 board up to a length of 2 m EUR 50
or
USD/CAD 70
EUR 100
or
USD/CAD 150
1
Tandem Bike 1 tandem bike with max. 2 seats
(no motor/no e-bike)
EUR 100
or
USD/CAD 150
EUR 200
or
USD/CAD 300
1
Tennis
Squash
Badminton
1 set of rackets and balls packed in
1 bag
EUR 50
or
USD/CAD 70
EUR 100
or
USD/CAD 150
1
Waterski-
Equipment
1 pair of water ski or
1 slalom water ski
EUR 50
or
USD/CAD 70
EUR 100
or
USD/CAD 150
1
Waveboard 1 board
1 set of body protection (knee, arms, etc.)
1 helmet
EUR 50
or
USD/CAD 70
EUR 100
or
USD/CAD 150
1
Windsurf-
Equipment
1 board
1 sail
1 boom
1 mast
1 gear bag
EUR 100
or
USD/CAD 150
EUR 200
or
USD/CAD 300
2

¹ In 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.
² 1 golf equipment is transported free of charge for our status members HON Circle Member, Senator and Star Alliance Gold Member – except in Europe fare "Economy Light" and not on routes to/from/via USA or Canada.
³ 1 ski- or snowboard equipment per passenger is transported free of charge – except in Europe fare "Economy Light" and not on routes to/from/via USA.

You can download this table as pdf here.

Dangerous Goods and 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.

For safety reasons do not carry dangerous goods, such as those listed below, on your person or in your baggage:

  • corrosive material, e.g. acid, wet batteries, mercury (except 1 medical or clinical thermometer per person)
  • disabling devices, e.g. mace, pepper sprays or similar containing irritant or incapacitating substances
  • explosives, e.g. dynamite, fireworks, pyrotechnic material, ammunition with explosive or incendiary projectiles
  • flammable liquids, e.g. windproof lighters, fuel, paint, alcohol > 70 vol %
  • flammable solids, e.g. strike anywhere matches, solid fuel
  • fuel containers filled with gas, e.g. camping stoves, gas lighters with blue flame, liquid oxygen systems (O2)
  • infectious substances, e.g. diagnostic specimens, live virus material
  • oxidizing material, e.g. stain, bleaches
  • radioactive material
  • toxic substances, e.g. pesticides, insecticides
  • miscellanous dangerous goods or articles, e.g. magnetized material, combustion engines, electroshock weapons, pepper spray, security-type attaché cases, e-bikes and other lithium battery powered personal transportation devices, regardless of the watt-hour rating like hoverboard, mini-segway, airwheel, balance wheel or baggage scooter.

Medical or toilet articles, lithium batteries and certain other specified articles, are subject to special transport conditions. Please click here for futher information on special transport conditions.

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.