Kenya Airways Baggage and Carry-on

Which regulations on carry-on baggage apply on Kenya Airways flights?

For hand baggage, Kenya Airways offers an allowance of one or two pieces, depending on the travel class, and one accessory. Kenya Airways subscribes to the baggage security guidelines recommended by the International Airline Transport Association (IATA) and its member airlines. Kenya Airways may specify maximum dimensions and/or weight for baggage which you carry on to the aircraft. If the carry-on baggage specifications (size and weight) are not given to you before boarding your flight, please note that all carry-on baggage that you are taking with you must fit either below the seat in front of you or in the space designated for it at the aircraft. If the size or weight of your carry-on baggage does not allow for this to happen, then it should be carried as checked baggage instead.

Which regulations on checked baggage apply on Kenya Airways flights?

You may carry some checked baggage free of charge, subject to Kenya Airways’ conditions and restrictions on the number of piece, weight, and size. You will be required to pay a charge for carriage of baggage in excess of the free baggage allowance.


On all Kenya Airways flights, all passengers are entitled to a hand baggage allowance:

Carry-on Allowance Economy Premier World
Hand Baggage 1 piece (max. 55 x 25 x 35 cm) 2 pieces (max. 55 x 25 x 35 cm each)
Accessory 1 accessory (handbag, briefcase, laptop or camera bag)
1 bag with duty-free purchases
Total Weight Maximum 12 kg

One additional piece of hand baggage (max. 12 kg and 55 x 25 x 35 cm) is permitted for an infant under 2 years not occupying a seat.

Specific items like music instruments or sports equipment will be allowed in the cabin compartment only if you have previously called and alerted the airline, and permission has been granted to you to do so. You might need to pay an extra fee for such items.

Checked Baggage

The Piece Concept sets free baggage allowances for all Kenya Airways flights. There might be some changes on these allowances, based on the aircraft operating the flight. Please keep in mind that flights operated in part by other airlines might have different baggage restrictions. The following baggage allowances apply to all Kenya Airways flights:

Checked Baggage Allowance
Route Economy Premier World
Domestic (within Kenya) 1 piece up to 23 kg 1 piece up to 32 kg
Johannesburg ↔ London / Paris / Amsterdam 1 piece up to 23 kg 2 pieces up to 32 kg each
Intra Africa 1 (East Africa and 5th Freedom sectors*) 2 pieces
up to 23 kg each
2 pieces
up to 32 kg each
Intra Africa 2 (Rest of Africa)
Africa ↔ Middle East / Asia
Africa ↔ America / Europe
*5th Freedom sectors are all KQ flights operated without touching the Nairobi hub, e.g. Abidjan-Dakar, Bujumbura-Kigali, Bangkok-Hong Kong, Bangkok-Guangzhou.

The following rules and restrictions apply for all checked baggage, whether it is set by the piece concept or weight concept:

  • Dimensions for all baggage shall not exceed 158 cm (length plus height plus width) for each bag. As an exception, total dimensions shall not exceed 180 cm (71 in) for each bag when flying from Dubai (DXB), Bangkok (BKK), Hong Kong (HKG), and Guangzhou (CAN).
  • Each piece of checked baggage must not exceed the maximum weight of 32 kg (70 lbs).
  • There is a restriction of maximum of 10 pieces per passenger on wide-body aircraft (B777 and B787), and 5 pieces per passenger on narrow-body aircraft (B737-300, B737-700, B737-800, and E190). If you are planning on boarding the plane with multiple pieces of baggage, you need to call the airline to notify them before you board your flight.
  • If you are transferring flights, be sure to check with the other airline if they have different restrictions regarding baggage.

Excess Baggage Charges

Any piece of checked baggage that exceeds the maximum dimensions will be charged a fee of 200 EUR or equivalent in local currency.

All excess baggage is subject to a determined fee. Excess baggage fees are based on the route:

Excess Baggage Fees*
Route Overweight Free
Piece (23-32 kg)
Additional Piece Overweight Additional
Piece (23-32 kg)
1st and 2nd 3rd+
Domestic 10 50 75 75
Intra Africa 1** 15 75 100 150
5th Freedom sectors
Intra Africa 2*** 20 150 175 250
Africa 1 ↔ Middle East / Asia 25 215 250 300
Africa 2 ↔ Middle East / Asia 50 250 300 350
Africa ↔ Europe / America 100 200 300 350
JNB ↔ Europe / America 100 EUR 30 / ZAR 470.000 350
*All charges are in USD, except sales from Europe. From Europe, all fees will be charged in EUR/GBP. The USD rate will be used for conversion in all other currencies.
**Africa 1 – Kenya,Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Seychelles.
***Africa 2 – rest of Africa.

Any piece of baggage must not exceed 32 kg and 300 cm (L +W + H).

Sports Equipment

Sports equipment (including bike, surfboard, scuba tank) is considered as a standard piece of checked baggage, but with a maximum size of 300 cm. The maximum weight according to the class of travel applies to sports equipment.

If the sports equipment exceeds the weight limit or the free checked baggage allowance, the applicable excess baggage fees will be charged.

Regarding some sports equipment, the following must be taken into consideration:

  • Booking in advance is required for bikes and ski equipment.
  • Surf equipment longer than 107 cm is considered special baggage; therefore, it requires advance clearance and is always charged.

Kayaks and canoes are not accepted as checked baggage.

Baggage Service

Once you deliver your baggage at the airline’s desk, Kenya Airways personnel will give you an identification tag for each suitcase you register. Your luggage should be properly identified with all your information. The airline reserves its right to search. Searches are performed regularly for the security and safety of all passengers. These searches will be done with scanners and/or x-ray machines on your person and/or your luggage.

Whenever possible, Kenya Airways will transport your luggage in the same airplane that you are traveling in. Sometimes, Kenya Airways will decide to transport luggage in a different aircraft for security or space reasons. The baggage will be delivered to the bearer of the baggage tag. In case you lost this tag, you will have to prove in a satisfactory manner that the luggage belongs to you.

You can track lost baggage online if you have a file reference number. In case of delayed baggage, arrangements will be made to have it delivered to your local address when it arrives. However, this service is not available in some countries due to local government restrictions.

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