What is Air France policy on carry-on allowance?
On flights operated by Air France, passengers are allowed to carry in the cabin, without charge, a quantity of unchecked baggage, which is limited by number, weight and dimensions. The cabin baggage allowance may vary depending on your cabin and destination.
What is Air France policy on checked baggage allowance?
Each passenger traveling on an Air France flight is entitled to a free checked baggage allowance that corresponds to carriage in the hold, at no extra charge, of a quantity of baggage limited by number, weight, and dimensions. The free baggage allowance is determined based on the destination and the fare paid.
As an exception, the Light fare does not include any checked baggage allowance. For passengers who have purchased Light or Basic price tickets, transporting checked baggage is a paid option only:
|Light fares – fee for the 1st piece of checked baggage|
|Domestic||Europe, Algeria, Morocco, Tunis, Israel||The U.S||Canada||French overseas departments & other routes|
Which baggage policies apply when my itinerary includes a codeshare flight?
Air France baggage policies apply on most flights with an Air France flight number. If you are traveling to/from the United States or Canada and the first transatlantic flight has an Air France flight number, Air France baggage policies apply to all flights on your itinerary (departure and return). If you have at least one connection and the first transatlantic flight has an Air France flight number, Air France baggage policies apply to all flights until your final destination. In all other cases, you should check the website of the airline operating your flight.
When traveling on an Air France flight, depending on your cabin and destination, the carry-on allowance includes one or two standard baggage items and one accessory (personal item) and is limited by weight as follows:
- Economy: 1 standard baggage item + 1 accessory, not exceeding a total weight of 12 kg (26 lbs) maximum.
- Premium Economy, Business and La Première/First: 2 standard baggage items + 1 accessory, not exceeding a total weight of 18 kg (40 lbs).
A standard baggage item must comply with the following maximum dimensions (L x W x H, including pockets, wheels, and handles): 55 x 35 x 25 cm (21.7 x 13.8 x 9.9 in). One suit bag is considered a standard bag.
Your one piece of accessory allowed may be a personal item such as a handbag, notebook computer, camera, etc. with maximum dimensions of 40 x 30 x 15 cm (16 x 12 x 6 in).
The following items may be taken in the cabin and will not count as hand baggage or accessory:
- Jacket, coat, or other clothes you are wearing (a garment bag is considered as a standard hand baggage item, not as an accessory).
- Duty-free purchases (on your flight or at the airport).
- Special baggage such as diaper bags, collapsible strollers, car seats, medical material (crutches, wheelchair, etc.), pet carrier.
Valuable and fragile items (keys, important documents, jewelry, cameras, notebook computers, etc.), as well as necessities (medicine), are best transported in the cabin. All items carried as cabin baggage must fit underneath the seat in front of the passenger, or in a locker provided especially for this purpose.
Liquids transported in your hand baggage must not exceed 100 ml per product and be placed in a resealable, clear plastic bag (maximum volume of 1 liter). A single sealed plastic bag per passenger is permitted. If you have a connecting flight in a European Union country, you can keep duty-free liquids purchased at the airport or on board, as long as they remain in a sealed bag and are accompanied by the receipt. For a connection in another country, you should find out about the regulations in effect in the country where you are making your connection.
Baggage must be checked at the Air France counters before the check-in deadline for the flight. You can drop off your baggage when checking-in at the check-in counter, or at the baggage drop-off counter if you have checked in for your flight online or at a Self-Service Kiosk (available in several airports in France). Whether you have already checked in or not, you can use a Self-Service Kiosk to self-tag your baggage and then proceed directly to the baggage drop-off counter by following the EXPRESS signs. For select flights within metropolitan France, you can print, along with the boarding pass, your baggage tags and receipts at the end of Online Check-in. The baggage tag you print at home must be introduced into a reusable baggage tag holder available at the airport before checking your baggage at the drop-off counter.
Free Baggage Allowance
The number of pieces of checked baggage and the maximum weight of each piece which you can check free of charge (the free baggage allowance) depends on your destination and travel class as follows:
- Economy¹ – 1 checked bag weighing 23 kg (50 lbs) maximum.
- Premium Economy – 2 checked bags, each weighing 23 kg (50 lbs) maximum.
- Business – 2 checked bags, each weighing 32 kg (70 lbs) maximum.
- First – 3 checked bags, each weighing 32 kg (70 lbs) maximum.
¹Except for Light price tickets.
Flying Blue Silver, Gold, and Platinum, or SkyTeam Elite and Elite Plus members are entitled to one additional baggage item not exceeding the weight allowance that applies for their travel class.
The following items may be checked at no extra charge, in addition to your baggage allowance:
- Two wheelchairs, labeled and placed in adequate protective covering.
- A foldable stroller and a car seat, when traveling with a child.
Depending on your destination, acceptance of sporting equipment is subject to conditions:
- Some sporting equipment (e.g. golf bag, ski equipment, diving equipment not exceeding 23 kg and 300 cm, etc.) are included in your baggage allowance, being considered standard baggage.
- Bicycles and scuba tanks are not included in your baggage allowance and accepted upon payment of an extra fee (€40-65 domestic and regional network and medium-haul flights, €100-125 long-haul flights).
- Surfboards, bodyboards, kite surfboards, windsurf boards and longboards not exceeding 23 kg and 300 cm are included in your baggage allowance, being considered standard baggage on all flights except to/from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. On flights to/from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, boards are considered standard baggage if less than 107 cm (42 in) in length and less than 23 kg (50 lbs) in weight, but boards between 107 and 300 cm in length are not included in your baggage allowance and accepted upon payment of an extra fee (€40-65 domestic and regional network and medium-haul flights, €100-125 long-haul flights).
- Prior authorization by phone from the Air France sales department is required for certain sporting equipment (bicycles, surfboards, diving flashlights, etc.).
Additional Baggage Allowance
When you need to check more baggage than your free baggage allowance, additional baggage allowance may be purchased online, with a discount on the airport rate:
- At the time of booking.
- Up to 30 hours before your flight (3 days before departure to/from certain destinations and on the Air France websites of certain countries).
- During Online Check-in (when departing from certain airports and only for flights operated by Air France).
Additional baggage allowance cannot be purchased on Air France websites for the following countries and territories: Australia, New Caledonia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and South Korea. Flying Blue Miles can be used to purchase additional baggage allowance in the “Review/Modify your reservations” area only (not an option during Online Check-in), but the online discount will not apply.
Additional baggage allowance can be purchased at the airport, without discount, using a Self-Service Kiosk or at Air France counters located in some airports. Only Self-Service Kiosks in metropolitan France and the U.S. have the option for payment, allowing you to purchase additional baggage allowance.
Each baggage item purchased as part of the additional baggage allowance must not exceed 23 kg/50 lbs and/or 158 cm/62 inches (height + length + width).
Purchasing additional baggage allowance is not available:
- For an infant on lap (infant under 2 years of age not occupying a seat).
- For transporting an animal (in the cabin or hold).
- For sporting equipment (special fees apply).
Overweight and Oversize Baggage
You must pay an extra fee if any of the items included in your baggage allowance exceeds the weight allowance for your travel class (23 kg each in Economy and Premium Economy cabins). Air France will consider overweight baggage any item over your baggage allowance that exceeds a maximum weight of 23 kg, regardless of your travel class.
An extra fee must also be paid if the dimensions (height + length + width) of one baggage item exceeds 158 cm (62 in), whether included in the free baggage allowance or not. A special authorization is required from the telephone sales service for all oversized baggage items.
Any piece of baggage exceeding 32 kg (70 lbs) or 300 cm (118 in) in length (except, pole vaulting poles, audio or video equipment, and heavy musical instruments) is not accepted for transportation in the hold.
Passengers may travel with checked baggage that exceeds the free baggage allowance, subject to the payment of an additional fee.
|Online||At the airport||More than|
23 kg (50 lbs)
|Over 158 cm|
|Within metropolitan France||€45||€70||€70||€40|
|Within Europe (including Armenia,|
Russia, Ukraine, and Turkey)
|Between Europe and Algeria, Morocco,|
Tunisia, or Israel
|Within the Caribbean||2nd – €44-68|
3rd+ – €160-192
|2nd – €55-85|
3rd+ – €200-240
|Between metropolitan France and|
its overseas departments
|Between Europe and|
the Middle East
|2nd – €60|
3rd+ – €160
|2nd – €75|
3rd+ – €200
|Between Europe and India||2nd – €80|
3rd+ – €160
|2nd – €100|
3rd+ – €200
|From Europe to the U.S. or Canada||2nd – €68|
3rd+ – €192
|2nd – €85|
3rd+ – €240
|From the U.S. to Europe||2nd – $80 USD|
3rd+ – $228 USD
|2nd – $100 USD|
3rd+ – $285 USD
|$100 USD||$300 USD|
|From Canada to Europe||2nd – $96 CAD|
3rd+ – $264 CAD
|2nd – $120 CAD|
3rd+ – $330 CAD
|$120 CAD||$345 CAD|
|To/from Canada (except Europe)||2nd – $72 CAD|
3rd+ – $192 CAD
|2nd – $90 CAD|
3rd+ – $240 CAD
|$90 CAD /|
|$360 CAD /|
|To/from the U.S. (except Europe)||2nd – $60 USD|
3rd+ – $160 USD
|2nd – $75 USD|
3rd+ – $200 USD
|$75 USD||$300 USD|
|Long-haul (to/from a destination|
in the rest of the world)
|2nd – $80 USD|
3rd+ – $160 USD
|2nd – $100 USD|
3rd+ – $240 USD
When your baggage is not delivered upon arrival, you should alert Air France Baggage Service before leaving the airport. You must fill out a Property Irregularity Report (PIR), and a file number will be given to you to keep track of your request. You also have the option of declaring delayed baggage online, within 48 hours of your arrival, when your last flight arrives in some airports (all airports in metropolitan France, Barcelona, Berlin, Mexico, New York-John F. Kennedy, Vienna, etc.).
If you make necessity purchases, you have 21 days from the date of your baggage’s return to submit a reimbursement request online or through the Air France Baggage Service. If despite all efforts, your baggage is not found, Air France can offer compensation up to 1,288 SDR (approximately € 1,607) if you complete the online claim form.
In case of damaged baggage or items missing from your baggage, you have 7 days from the date of your baggage’s receipt to make a compensation request via the online claim form or by mail to customer service in your country of residence. If you are still at the airport, you should proceed to the Air France Baggage Service, where a Property Irregularity Report (PIR) will be established. An associated file number will be given to you to track your request.