Cathay Pacific Airways Baggage and Carry-on

Find below Cathay Pacific Airways approved luggage and carry-ons!

What is Cathay Pacific’s policy on carry-on allowance?

For all classes, each passenger (except an infant) has a free baggage allowance of one piece of hand baggage plus one small personal item. For all travel classes, duty-free items are included in the cabin baggage allowance.

What is Cathay Pacific’s policy on checked allowance?

The free baggage allowance to which passengers are entitled varies depending on route, class, and frequent flyer status. Extra bags may be checked for a charge.

On Cathay Pacific flights, the Piece System sets the free baggage allowance (restrictions on the number of pieces, maximum weight, and dimensions).

Which baggage policies apply when an itinerary includes a codeshare flight?

When traveling on a codeshare flight operated by a Cathay Pacific codeshare partner to/from an airport outside the US or Canada, the Most Significant Carrier’s baggage policy will apply. When the journey’s origin, destination, or furthest point is the US or Canada, and flights are operated by Cathay Pacific codeshare partners, the baggage policy is determined by the marketing carrier, which can opt to apply its own baggage policy or the rule of the most significant carrier (MSC) for the journey.


If passengers are traveling in two classes on one journey (no stopover), the Most Significant Carrier rule applies (e.g., the baggage allowance on the segment of the trip that is considered most significant by IATA applies for the entire journey).

The cabin bag must not exceed 56 x 36 x 23 cm (22 x 14 x 9 in) in size. These dimensions include handles, wheels, and side pockets. Besides the standard cabin bag, passengers may carry on board one of the following items free of charge: a small handbag, small backpack, briefcase, or laptop bag, with maximum dimensions of 40 x 30 x 15 cm (16 x 12 x 6 in). The total weight entitlements of the cabin baggage are as follows:

  • Economy & Premium Economy – 7 kg (15 lbs).
  • Business – 10 kg (22 lbs).
  • First – 15 kg (33 lbs).

Passengers requiring assistive devices and/or mobility aids such as canes, walkers, Medical Portable Electronic Devices, crutches, and a wheelchair, may carry on board the following item(s) free of charge:

  • For U.S. flights – no limit on assistive devices and mobility aids required for the duration of the trip
  • For European and other flights – one assistive device and two pieces of mobility aids.

Checked Baggage

Free Baggage Allowances

Cathay Pacific puts at the passengers’ disposal an effective Baggage Allowance Calculator, which can be used to look up the free baggage allowance for your class of travel, depending on the route. With the new Piece System, the general baggage allowance is as follows:

  • Economy:
    • Light – 1 piece up to 23 kg and 158 cm (62 in) in total dimensions.
    • Essentials & Flex – 2 pieces, each up to 23 kg and 158 cm (62 in) in total dimensions.
  • Premium Economy – 2 pieces, each up to 23 kg and 158 cm (62 in) in total dimensions.
  • Business – 2 pieces, each up to 32 kg and 158 cm (62 in) in total dimensions.
  • First – 3 pieces, each up to 32 kg and 158 cm (62 in) in total dimensions.

Extra Baggage Fees

The weight of any single piece of checked baggage should not be over 32kg (70lb). Acceptance of any bag weighing more than 32 kg (70 lbs) is subject to prior approval by Cathay Pacific and notification upon booking/reservation. Overweight items will be split into lighter units or repacked during check-in otherwise will not be accepted for carriage (exception: musical instruments, camera equipment, household effects, mobility aids, medical equipment, sporting equipment, pets as baggage, and diplomatic baggage). Any bag will not be carried as accompanied baggage unless prior notification is made if it exceeds the total dimensions of 203 cm (80 in) in width, height, and length.

Passengers traveling on selected routes can purchase extra checked baggage allowance and enjoy a discount of up to 10%. The Prepaid Extra Baggage service is available up to 24 hours before departure, online or by telephone, through Cathay Pacific Global Contact Centre or the local reservations office. Prepaid Extra Baggage is available for up to a maximum of three extra pieces per passenger.

Fees for baggage in excess of the free baggage allowance are calculated on a zone basis:

  • Zone 1: China, Macao, Taiwan, Japan, Cambodia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, Myanmar, Laos, South Korea, Mongolia, Russia (in Asia), Kazakhstan, as well as within Australia, within Malaysia, between Taiwan and Japan/Korea, between Thailand and Singapore, between UAE and Bahrain.
  • Zone 2: Maldives, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka.
  • Zone 3: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Israel.
  • Zone 4: Europe, Russia (in Europe), South Africa, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand.
  • Zone 5: North America (the US, Canada, Mexico).
  • Zone 6: Central and South America.

Extra Piece Fees (per piece*)


To Hong Kong

To Zone 1

To Zone 2/3

To Zone 4

To Zone 5/6

From Hong Kong$100$130$150$200
From Zone 1$100$120$150$170$210
From Zone 2/3$130$150$170$200$230
From Zone 4$150$170$200$220$250
From Zone 5/6$200$210$230$250$260
*Up to 23 kg in Economy & Premium Economy and 32 kg in Business & First.


Overweight Piece Fees (per piece – Economy & Premium Economy only)


To Hong Kong

To Zone 1

To Zone 2/3

To Zone 4

To Zone 5/6

From Hong Kong$60$100$130$150
From Zone 1$60$80$100$130$150
From Zone 2/3$100$100$100$150$150
From Zone 4$130$130$150$150$150
From Zone 5/6$150$150$150$150$150

Remember that oversized bags over 158 cm (62 in) and up to 203 cm (80 in) will be charged an additional fee of $200 per piece for all classes.

Sporting Equipment

Sporting equipment is counted as part of the checked baggage allowance. If in excess of the standard free baggage allowance, sporting equipment is subject to the applicable standard excess baggage fees.

Baggage Service

In case of delayed or damaged baggage, you can file a report at Cathay Pacific’s Baggage Services Counter, located at the Arrival Hall, or contact Cathay Pacific’s Baggage Services directly in your particular country/territory. In case of delay or damage to baggage on international flights, a complaint must be made in writing to Cathay Pacific. The Baggage Claim Form you must fill out will serve as your notice of claim if your missing baggage is not found.

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