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Baggage Allowance

Updated:2008-04-27 16:56 | Source:

For passengers on domestic Chinese flights

Carry-on Luggage

Passengers traveling first class who hold adult or child tickets are permitted to carry-on two pieces of hand baggage. For business or economy class passengers, only one piece of carry-on baggage is allowed. Your hand baggage should be less than five kilograms (about 11 pounds) in total and any piece must have dimensions no larger than 20×40×55 centimeters (8×16×22 inches). Any items that exceed these criteria are treated as checked luggage.

Checked Luggage Allowance

Except for infant ticket holders, passengers who hold an adult or half-price ticket (for a child) are allowed to take a certain amount of checked luggage for free. The limitation is below:

Cabin Class Maximum Total Weight Maximum number of items

First Class (F) 40 kilograms (88 pounds) Two pieces

Business Class (C) 30 kilograms (66 pounds) One piece

Economy Class (Y) 20 kilograms (44 pounds) One piece

Each piece of checked luggage should not exceed 50 kilograms in weight (110 pounds) and 40×60×100 centimeters (16×24 ×39 inches) in size.

In addition, each passenger is allowed to have the following things carried on for free:

1. a gripesack

2. an overcoat or raincoat; a travel blanket

3. an umbrella or a walking stick

4. pocket-sized camera

5. a miniature telescope

6. reading matter for the flight

7. food for an infant during the flight

8. a bassinet

9. folding wheelchair, or a pair of crutches, and artificial limbs

10. a notebook PC

Other items, such as a backpack, attaché case, typewriter, portable radio, powder box, hatbox, good-sized camera and books (not for reading on the plane), cannot be taken as carry-on luggage above your free allowance, and will be treated as checked luggage.

Note: The above is just the general stipulation issued by CAAC (General Administration of Civil Aviation of China). Different Airlines may have different standards for free checked luggage. Please read the explanation printed on your air ticket.

Overweight Luggage

If your baggages are overweight, the excess amount will incur an additional charge determined by distance and weight: Generally, 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) costs 1.5% of a full economy-class airfare (one way, adult ticket).

For passengers on international flights departing from China

Carry-on Luggage

Each of your carry-on items should be less than 20×40×55 centimeters (9×14×22 inches), and the sum of its length, width and height must not exceed 115 centimeters (45 inches). The total weight should be no more than 7 kilograms (11 pounds). However, some airlines may have different rules on the weight of carry-on luggage.

Checked luggage allowance

Reckoned by piece: (applied to flights for US and Canada)

Cabin Class Maximum number of items Maximum size of each item Maximum weight of each item

First Class (F) Two pieces 62 inches

(158 centimeters) 32 kilograms (70 pounds)

Business Class (C) Two pieces 62 inches

(158 centimeters) 32 kilograms (70 pounds)

Economy Class (Y)

(cut-price airfare tickets holders included) Two pieces 62 inches

(158 centimeters);

Sum of two can not exceed 273 centimeters (107 inches) 32 kilograms (70 pounds)

The above stipulation is applied to passengers holding adult tickets or half-price tickets. For infant ticket holders, only one piece of luggage can be checked for free, the sum of its length, width and height should be less than 115 centimeters (45 inches). In addition, a pushchair or bassinet can be checked for free.

The following items can be treated as free checking luggage no matter what sizes they are in:

1. a sleeping bag or bedding

2. a haversack

3. a pair of skis with ski poles and ski boots, or skis with ski boots

4. a caddie bag with a golf club and shoes

5. a duffel bag or B-4 type bag

6. a well-packed bicycle

7. a standard water ski or an obstacle water ski

8. well packed fishing gear

9. sports gun

10. any portable instruments less than 100 centimeters (39 inches) in length

Note: Do not make your luggage overweight, or check in more than the allowed number of items, especially on flights to US and Canada, as the additional charge could be quite high.

Checked luggage weight limit: (for flights to countries other than US and Canada)

Cabin Class Total weight limit

First Class (F) 40 kilograms (88 pounds)

Business Class (C) 30 kilograms (66 pounds)

Economy Class (Y) 20 kilograms (44 pounds)

The above rule is for passengers holding adult or half-price tickets. For infant ticket holders, no luggage can be checked for free. If your checked luggage exceeds the free allowance limit, additional charges will be incurred.

From May 1, 2007, a new regulation that limits liquids, has been enforced. Each passenger is allowed to take on board no more than one liter (excluding alcohol) of liquid. Each container should contain no more than 100 ml. The liquid container should be carried in a transparent plastic bag for the convenience of security checking. Duty-free liquid brought from other countries should also be packaged and checked in this way. Alcohol can only be taken as checked luggage. Liquid medicine and milk within a certain limit are allowed, but are subject to checking.

Note: Don't make your luggage too heavy. Each suitcase should be portable and stout. Make your luggage tag clear in detail. Important documents, currency, valuables and jewelry cannot be checked. You should take these items as carry-on luggage.


Editor : 李受恩

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