Air India is the national airline of India, and is based out of Mumbai. Air India is the 16th largest airline in Asia, and is expected to join the Star Alliance network of airlines in the year 2010.
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One bag of carry-on is permitted, weighing a maximum of 8kgs. There are also maximum dimensions of 55 x 40 x 20cm, so as to ensure that you'll be able to fit your bag into the overhead bings.
You'll also be allowed to bring a smaller item such as a purse or handbag, which does not count toward your 8kg limit.+ Show Full Policy
Please ensure that your carry-on bag (hand baggage) in the cabin does not exceed the dimensions of 55 cms (22 inches) x 40 cms (16 inches) x 20 cms (8 inches) and a total weight of 8 kgs.
To ease your journey, we suggest that most items are placed in your checked-in baggage, except items of value and those required on-board the aircraft, are carried in your hand baggage.
Children are entitled to the same cabin baggage allowances as adults.
When an infant (not entitled to a seat or free baggage allowance) accompanies an adult, a carrycot, or a fully collapsible push chair/stroller is allowed. This may be carried in the cabin if space is available, or else as checked baggage.
An odd sized cabin baggage not conforming to the specified dimension will not be allowed in the cabin. Such baggage will be removed at the gate / boarding point, Will be affixed with a "Limited Release Baggage Label" and will be loaded in the hold.
In addition to one piece of cabin baggage or package, you may also be permitted to carry the following items, subject to Security Regulations:
A Lady's hand bag.
An overcoat or wrap.
A rug or a blanket
A camera or binoculars
Reasonable amount of reading material for the flight.
Infant's feed for consumption during the flight and infant's carrying basket, Feeding bottle, if an infant is carried.
A Collapsible wheelchair or pair of crutches or braces for passenger's use, if dependent on these.
A Walking stick.
An umbrella (Folding type)
Medicines required during Flight like Asthma inhaler etc.
As per notice issued by Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, Government of India, passengers will not be allowed to carry in their hand baggage or on person- liquids, gels, or aerosols, which include beverages, shampoos, sun tan lotions, creams, tooth paste, hair gels, hair sprays, liquid cosmetics or any other items of similar consistency, exceeding 100 ml, except medicines, inhalers accompanied by prescriptions and baby food. These items will be carried in one clear transparent re-sealable, one litre size plastic bag and will be subjected to the prescribed screening and security checks
Due to security reasons / Government regulations, passengers travelling on flights originating from certain stations like Jammu, Srinagar etc. are not allowed to carry any hand baggage. Please check the current regulations of the station.
No musical instruments will be permitted to be carried as Cabin baggage.
If passengers are transferring to another flight at any point on their journey or at destination, or deplaning from the aircraft at a transit point, where they are required to go through security checks once again, duty free liquids, and gels exceeding 100 ml. and purchased in India will not be permitted. However, items purchased in that country, at the airport of departure will be permitted as per the local laws.
For any further information, or clarification, passengers may contact any Member of our Staff at the Airport.
Carriage Of 'Kirpan' By Sikh Passengers While Travelling By Air
A 'Kirpan' with a total maximum length of 9 inches (22.86 cms.), but a blade not exceeding 06 (six) inches (15.24 cms.), is permitted for carriage by a Sikh Passenger on his person, within India or on an Indian Registered aircraft on Domestic routes of fully Domestic Flights within India, subject to the requirement of a Public Order. (BCAS Circular 14/2005).
Carriage of 'Kirpan' shall not be permitted in the cabin of an aircraft on an International Flight, either on the domestic or international sector flown by the passenger.
If the 'Kirpan' is more than the length specified above, it shall be carried by the passenger in his registered baggage.
Air India allows Economy class passengers 25kg of free checked baggage, with a 35kg limit for Executive Class seats, and First Class allowed to bring 40kg. This applies to domestic flights. These limits are for TOTAL weight, and are not limited by the number of items to be checked.
Special weight limits apply for flights to/from and connecting in London, check the full policy to confirm how much you are entitled to for those routes.
Air India uses a Piece Concept for flights to/from Canada and the US, or to/from Japan, where the limits are based on the number of bags checked, rather than total weight. In these cases, you will often be allowed to check-in a maximum of 2 bags, each of which may weigh more than 23kg (50lbs).+ Show Full Policy
Free Checked Baggage Allowance within India :
Baggage exceeding in size, the sum of the 3 dimensions (length + breadth + height) in excess of 45 inches or 115 centimeters, cannot be treated as hand baggage and will have to be checked in.
Infants will be entitled to 1 collapsible stroller/carrycot/infant car seat.
The maximum weight permissible for a single piece of baggage is 32 kgs. This rule is applicable on the entire Air India network.
The revised allowance is applicable on all aircraft types including ATR-42. Above allowances will be applicable for Tickets issued on/after 13th May 2013, including reissuance after that date. Tickets issued prior to this date will be honoured as per the baggage allowance mentioned on the tickets.
Far East And South East Asia (Except Japan)
Gulf And Middle East
South Asian Sub Continent
USA / Canada
Checked Baggage Allowance-Rest Of The World-Weight System
Musical instruments will be permitted as part of checked-in baggage only. Such musical instruments may be pooled in the Free Baggage Allowance but if in excess of the Free Baggage allowance, it will be charged as per the applicable excess baggage charges.
Carriage of Arms & Ammunition (International sectors)
As per Government of India regulations, a bonafide passenger can carry one licensed revolver or pistol or shotgun and fifty cartridges in registered baggage after declaring the same at check-in and meeting all safety and security requirements. A prescribed form is to be filled in by the passenger and will be verified by the Airport Manager.
At international stations, such carriage will be subject to local laws and necessary permits. On international sectors, Air India will levy handling charge of USD 100 (or equivalent amount plus local taxes) per fire-arm and /or 50 cartridges.
Serving personnel from Defense forces, Para military forces and Police travelling on duty and carrying an official movement order issued by their concerned department authorizing the carriage of weapon and / or ammunition for official purpose.
Sportsman traveling either domestic or International for a competition or representing the country, provided they fulfill the following conditions :
Identification document for the sportsman. Evidence of identity can be established by a photo identity card issued by a government agency or the sponsoring club.
Valid license/authorization of fire arms and ammunition.
Bonafide for carriage of arms and ammunition on the basis of a written document issued by the President or Secretary of the sports club sponsoring him/her for the shooting event.
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Overweight baggage will usually be charged on a per kilogram basis, at a rate determined at the airport. This is usually 1.5% of the cost of the ticket, per kilogram. It is recommended to contact the airline directly to get a good estimate of how much this will be.
On routes where a piece-system applies (to/from Canada, US, Japan), additional pieces of baggage will be charged flat rates ranging between $100-$200, depending on the origin/destination of the flight.+ Show Full Policy
Should your baggage exceed the limitations of the Free Baggage allowance, an excess baggage charge needs to be paid.
For Domestic sectors within India, the excess baggage rate is INR 250 per kg.per coupon.
Effective 1st July, 2012. Service Tax will be applicable on the value reflected on allExcess Baggage tickets (EBTs), issued in India, except from the exempted airports. As in the case of passenger tickets, the rate of Service Tax will be4.944% of the excess baggage amount reflected on the EBT.
Airports exempted from Service Tax
Passengers originating or terminating in an airport located in the
state of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura or Bagdogra in West Bengal. The exemption therefore applies to/from the following airports: Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Lilabari, Silchar, Tezpur, Imphal, Shillong, Aizawl, Dimapur, Agartala, Bagdogra
Service Tax is not applicable in the state of Jammu & Kashmir (place of provision is outside taxable territory) i.e airports Jammu, Srinagar and Leh
Excess Baggage Weight System (For International travel)
In the weight system the excess baggage charges per kilo is 1.5% of the highest normal direct one way economy class fare. These charges will be in effect on the date of issuance of the excess baggage ticket.
Excess Baggage for travel between India and USA/Canada.
Excess Baggage for UK-India-UK (ticket issued under piece concept on/after 1st March 2013)
Excess Baggage for travel from Paris
Excess Baggage Charges for travel from Paris to India, Thailand and Nepal
Paris to Delhi : 42 euros per kg
Paris to Chennai : 45 euros per kg
Paris to Kathmandu : 51 euros per kg
Paris to Bangkok : 53 euros per kg
Excess Baggage for travel from Frankfurt
Frankfurt India : EUR 30 per kg
Frankfurt - Bangkok : EUR 52 per kg
Frankfurt Kathmandu: EUR 56 per kg
Carriage of other items
Any item other than normal baggage (suitcases, bags etc.) will be treated as special check-in item which will be charged separately irrespective of pooling in the permissible baggage allowance. A per piece flat charge per sector will be levied for such items (TVs, Cycles, Golfbag, Diving equipment, Elect. Wheelchairs etc.) as follows:
Frankfurt -India : EUR100
Frankfurt - International : EUR150
Excess Baggage for travel from Rome/Milan
Rome/Milan India : EUR 120 per piece/23kgs
Rome/Milan - Bangkok : EUR 150 per piece/23kgs
Rome/Milan Kathmandu : EUR 150 per piece/23kgs
Rome/Milan Sydney/Melbourne: EUR 200 per piece/23kgs
Excess Baggage for travel between India and Moscow
Excess Baggage for travel from Moscow to India
Extra/Additional Piece - EUR 150 per piece
Overweight (per piece)
23 Kgs. 32 Kgs. - EUR 100
Oversize (total linear dimensions)
Between 158 cms. - 203 cms.- EUR 100
More than 203cms. - EUR 150
Excess Baggage for travel from India to Moscow
Extra/Additional Piece - USD 150 per piece
Overweight (per piece)
23 Kgs. 32 Kgs. - USD 100
Oversize (total linear dimensions)
Between 158 cms. - 203 cms.- USD 100
More than 203cms. - USD 150
Excess Baggage for travel between India and Tokyo/Osaka
Extra Piece USD 150 per piece Overweight * (per piece)
23 32 kgs - USD 60
32 45 kgs - USD 450
Oversize (total linear dimensions) USD 150 per piece * Baggage weighing more than 32kgs (single piece) will not be accepted as checked baggage.
Excess Baggage for travel from Singapore to India
Singapore to Delhi/Mumbai/Chennai - SGD 16 per Kg.
Singapore to Interior points in India - SGD 21 per Kg.
Excess Baggage rate for travel between India and Australia
India to Sydney/Melbourne : AUD 33 per KG (one way travel)
Sydney/Melbourne to India : AUD 33 per KG (one way travel)
Excess Baggage Rate for travel between India and Gulf / Middle East
Excess Baggage rate between India and Bahrain/Kuwait/Muscat/Abu Dhabi/Dubai/Sharjah/Dammam
First 10kgs (1-10 Kg) of additional baggage over and above the Free Baggage Allowance will be at a slab rate of USD 40. These rates will be the same for journeys boarding ex Gulf or ex India.
Baggage over and above Excess Baggage of 10kgs, the Excess Baggage rate will be 1 .5% of the highest normal direct one way economy class fare per kilo.
The applicable conversion rates for payment in local currencies will apply.
Excess Baggage rate from India to Riyadh/Jeddah
The Excess Baggage rate will be 1 .5% of the highest normal direct one way economy class fare per kilo.
Excess Baggage rate from Riyadh/Jeddah to India
Excess Baggage will be charged at the rate of SAR 30 per kilo.
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