Take a ‘Brake’ from Expensive Bike Baggage Costs with Airport Parking and Hotels (APH)

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With many holiday firms reporting a 10% – 40% increase in bicycle bookings*, partly thanks to the success of Team GB in the Olympics and major events such as the Tour de France, Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) is helping keen cyclists avoid expensive costs when travelling abroad by comparing bike baggage costs on airlines. The comprehensive guide is available in the Know Before You Go section of the APH website, at www.aph.com/bikebaggage.


AIRLINE

INCLUDED IN BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE

WEIGHT AND
MEASUREMENTS

COST (FROM ONE-WAY)

EXCESS WEIGHT CHARGES

BOOKING PROCESS

STORAGE SPECIFICATION

Aer Lingus To/From America

  • Yes

All Other Routes

  • No
Weight

  • 23kg
To/From America

  • Free

All Other Routes

  • Online: N/A
  • Reservation Centre: £31 (€40) per passenger, per direction
  • At Airport: £31 (€40) per passenger, per direction
To/From America

  • £59 (€75) per passenger, per direction

 

  • Bicycles cannot be booked online
  • Customers need to contact the local reservations office by phone to pre-book in advance
  • Lower handlebars and fix sideways
  • Invert the pedals
  • Tyres must be partially deflated
  • Amsterdam boxes provided at a cost of £16 (€20)
Air Canada Yes Weight

  • 32kg

Length

  • 292cm
Handling Fee

  • £28 ($50 CAD) plus applicable taxes
  • Shipment via cargo services apply if bicycle is over 32kg
  • Bicycles are accepted on a space available basis only and should be pre-registered at time of booking. Pre-booking still does not guarantee will be able to accommodate item
  • Lower handlebars and fix sideways
  • Remove pedals
  • Place bicycle in a rigid and/or hard shell container specifically designed for shipping or in a bicycle suitcase
  • Tyres must be partially deflated
Air France
No Weight

  • 23kg

Dimensions

  • 120cm x 90cm
Departing From Europe

  • £78 (€100)

Departing From Outside Europe

  • £43 (€55)
France

  • £55 (€70)

Europe

  • £55 (€70)

Between Europe and North Africa or Israel

  • £55 (€70)

Within the Caribbean

  • £43 (€55)

Travelling to or from North America

  • £55 (€70)

Travelling from Europe to the United States

  • £55 (€70)

Travelling from the United States to Europe

  • £63 ($100)

Travelling from Europe to Canada

  • £59 (€75)

Between Europe and the Middle East or India

  • £59 (€75)

To or from other destinations in the rest of the world (long-haul flights)

  • £63 ($100)
  • Reservation must be made by calling the call centre in advance to arrange the booking and check-in procedure
  • Payment at the airport
  • If customers pre-book online they receive a minimum of 20% discount compared to the airport price

 

  • Remove the pedals
  • Remove the front wheel and attach it to the frame
  • Handlebars must be fixed sideways in line with the crossbar
  • Place bicycle in a protective container (cardboard*, hard plastic)
  • Bicycle containers (175cm x 21.5cm x 86cm / 69in x 8in x 34in) are available for purchase at most Air France check-in desks
Alitalia Yes Weight

  • 23kg
  • Area 1: £16 (€20)*

 

  • Area 2: £31 (€40)*
  • Area 3: £63 (€80)*

 

  • Area 4: £78 (€100)*
  • Area 5: £117 (€150)*
Italy

  • £8 (€10) per kg

Europe, Eastern Europe, North Africa

  • £16 (€20) per kg

From/to Asia

  • £24 (€30) per kg

From North America, Canada, South America (Sao Paulo), Africa

  • £126 ($200)max 32kg

To North America, Canada, South America (Sao Paulo)

  • £157 (€200) max 32kg

From/to Africa

  • £157 (€200) max 32kg
  • Reservation must be made by calling the call centre in advance to arrange the booking and check-in procedure
  • N/A
American Airlines Yes Weight

  • 32kg

Dimensions

  • 126cm
  • Free if within baggage allowance
  • Bicycles are exempt from overweight and oversize fees
  • Purchase online before check-in
  • Book at the airport
  • Acceptance conditional on aircraft size and load factors

 

  • Remove pedals or fix inwards
  • Handlebars must be fixed sideways in line with the crossbar
  • Place the bicycle contained in a protective case or bag
  • Deflate the tyres
Atlantic Airways Yes Weight
C-Flex, J-Flex, D-Flex or Y-Flex ticket

  • 30kg

Semi-Flex or Lowest ticket

  • 20kg
  • Free if within baggage allowance
  • £4.21 (40 DKK) per kg
  • N/A

 

  • Remove the pedals
  • Handlebars must be fixed sideways in line with the crossbar

 

BMI Yes Weight

  • 20kg
  • Free if within baggage allowance
Economy Flexible

  • £30 (€45)

Economy

  • £30 (€45) per item, max 20kg
  • £30 (€45) additional fee if item weighs above 21kg
  • Subject to aircraft hold space on the day
  • Handlebars must be fixed sideways in line with the crossbar
  • Remove pedals or turn inwards
  • Remove front wheel and fix to rear wheel
  • Tyres do not have to be deflated for carriage
  • The bicycle must be contained in a protective case or bag
British Airways Yes Weight

  • 23kg

Length

  • 190cm
  • Free if within baggage allowance
  • Over 23kg and less then 32kg an extra £40 is charged
  • Reservation must be made by calling the call centre in advance to arrange the booking and check-in procedure
  • Discount available if excess weight/baggage is paid online via their website
  • Remove pedals or fix inwards
  • Fix handlebars sideways
  • The bicycle must be contained in a protective case or bag
  • Deflate the tyres
Cathay Pacific Yes Weight

  • 32kg

Length

  • 203cm
  • Free if within baggage allowance
For all countries Except the Americas, and point-to-point flights between Hong Kong and New Zealand
From Zone 1** to:

  • Zone 1: £6 ($10)
  • Zone 2: £13 ($20)
  • Zone 3: £19 ($30)
  • Zone 4: £38 ($60)

From Zone 2** to:

  • Zone 1: £13 ($20)
  • Zone 2: £19 ($30)
  • Zone 3: £25 ($40)
  • Zone 4: £38 ($60)

From Zone 3** to:

  • Zone 1: £19 ($30)
  • Zone 2: £25 ($40)
  • Zone 3: £25 ($40)
  • Zone 4: £38 ($60)

From Zone 4** to:

  • Zone 1: £38 ($60)
  • Zone 2: £38 ($60)
  • Zone 3: £38 ($60)
  • Zone 4: N/A
  • Prior notification is required upon booking/reservation, and approval needs to be granted
  • Non-motorized touring / racing single-seat bicycle
  • Handlebars are fixed and tightened sideways or parallel to the frame or enclosed in plastic foam or similar material
  • Pedals are removed or fixed inwards or enclosed in plastic foam or similar material
  • Tyres are deflated
  • Passenger must pack bicycle in a strong and protective hard case or recognised bicycle box
Delta Air Lines Yes
  • 45kg

 

Travel to all regions (except Brazil, Europe & North America

  • £95 ($150)

Travel to/from Europe & North Africa

  • £95 ($150/€105)

To/from Brazil

  • £47 ($75)
Flights within the United States, Canada (including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico)

  • £63 ($100 USD/CAD) for bags weighing 51-70 lbs
  • £126 ($200 USD/CAD) for bags weighing 71-100lbs

Travel between North/South America and Europe/North Africa

  • £63 ($100 USD/CAD) for bags weighing 51-70lbs

Travel to/from/within Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean

  • £47 ($75 USD/CAD) for bags weighing 51-70lbs
  • £126 ($200 USD/CAD) for bags weighing 71-100lbs

Travel to/from/within Asia

  • £47 ($75 USD/CAD) for bags weighing 51-70lbs
  • £126 ($200 USD/CAD) for bags weighing 71-100lbs

Travel to/from Brazil

  • Free for bags weighing 51-70lbs.
  • £63 ($100 USD/CAD/EUR) for bags weighing 71-100lbs

All other destinations

  • £47 ($75 USD/CAD/EUR) for bags weighing 51-70lbs
  • £126 ($200 USD/CAD/EUR*) for bags weighing 71-100lbs
  • Passengers can just arrive at airport, providing their bicycle meets their weight limit without the need to pre-book
  • Handlebars must be fixed sideways and pedals removed
  • Handlebars and pedals encased in plastic, Styrofoam or other similar material
  • Bicycle must be packed in a container (cardboard, canvas, hard shell)
easyJet No Weight

  • 32kg
  • Online: £35 (€45)
  • At the airport: £45 (€60)
  • Call centre: N/A

 

  • Online: £3 (€4) per kilo
  • At the airport: £10 (€13) per kilo
  • Call centre: N/A
  • Users have the option to purchase online by selecting ‘Sports Equipment’ option when booking online
  • If users want to add sports equipment after booking they can do so when they check-in, for a higher fee
  • The bicycle must be packaged in a bicycle box or bag
  • Only one bicycle per box/bag is permitted
  • The handlebars must be flush with the frame
  • Pedals must be removed or flush against the flame
  • No other items can be carried in the bicycle box/bag (i.e. clothing)
Emirates Yes Weight

  • 30kg in Economy Class
  • 40kg in Business Class
  • 50kg in First Class
  • Free if within baggage allowance

 

  • N/A
  • Users can purchase excess baggage allowance online and receive a 30% discount (through Emirates website only)
  • Users can go straight to the airport before check in to purchase additional allowance if required
  • N/A
Etihad Yes Weight

  • 30kg in Economy Class
  • 40kg in Business Class
  • 50kg in First Class
  • Free if within baggage allowance
  • All routes except the US, Canada and Brazil
    From Zone 1* to:
  • Zone 1: £13 ($20)
  • Zone 2: £22 ($35)
  • Zone 3: £38 ($60)

From Zone 2* to:

  • Zone 1: £22 ($35)
  • Zone 2: £41 ($65)
  • Zone 3: £54 ($85)

From Zone 3* to:

  • Zone 1: £37 ($58)
  • Zone 2: £51 ($81)
  • Zone 3: £38 ($60)

USA and Canada*:

  • £111 ($175) for 23kg
  • £142 ($225) up to 32kg

Brazil:

  • £111 ($175) for additional bag up to 32kg
  • Users can purchase a pre-pay excess baggage voucher through Etihad, 24 hours before departure to receive a 10% discounted rate
  • Users can go straight to the airport before check in to purchase additional allowance if required
  • N/A
Flybe Yes Weight

  • 20kg
Flybe passengers on Flybe UK and Stobart Air operated flights:

  • £30 (€40)

Flybe passengers on all Loganair operated flights:

  • £10 (€13)
Flybe passengers on Flybe UK and Stobart Air operated flights:

  • £15 (€19) per kg

Flybe passengers on all Loganair operated flights:

  • £10 (€13) per bag up to 30kg
  • £10 (€13) for any additional bags
  • Bicycles are accepted on a stand-by basis only. Carrier will only accept bicycles if there is sufficient space available in the hold
  • Handlebars must be turned and locked in line with the frame
  • Pedals must be removed or turned inwards
  • The front wheel must be removed and securely attached to the frame
  • The tyres must be fully deflated
  • The bicycle must be bagged or boxed, wherever possible
Iberia No
  • 32kg
  • £59 (€75) per customer, per way

Departing from America, Nigeria and Israel:

  • £47 ($75)

For journeys originating in Brazil (outbound and return):

  • Bicycles are within the passengers’ free baggage allowance
  • Exceeds baggage allowance: £76 ($120) per extra item
Flights with origin or destination Central America, South America or Angola: Business Class:

  • 2 additional bags free

Full Economy:

  • 1 additional bag free

Reduced Economy:

  • Online: £64 (€80)
  • At Airport: £79 (€100)

Flights operated by AA, BA or IB with origin, destination or transit through the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico or Canada:

Business Class:

  • 2 bags free

Full Economy:

  • 1 bag free

Reduced Economy:

  • Online: £51 (€64)
  • At Airport: £60 (€76)

Flights, to/from Africa (except Angola) and the Middle East:

Business Class:

  • 2 bags free

Economy:

  • Online: £40 (€50)
  • At Airport: £48 (€60)

Domestic and European Flights:

Business Class:

  • 2 bags free

Economy Classic / Economy Flexible:

  • Online: £24 (€30)
  • At Airport: £48 (€60)

Economy Basic / Economy Express:

  • Online: £12 (€15)

At Airport: £24 (€30)

  • Passengers have to make a reservations with a minimum of 24 hours before departure
  • Additional £16 (€20) fee for bicycle container
  • Fold down the handlebars
  • Pedals must be removed
  • Tyres must be fully deflated
  • The bicycle must be packed in a special box provided by Iberia
Japan Airlines Yes First and Business Class:

  • 32kg

 

Premium Economy and Economy Class:

  • 23kg
  • Free if within baggage allowance

 

Japan, Asia, India, Ocean – Hawai, North/Central/South America, Europe, Middle East, Africa:

  • £93 ($150) per extra piece

Japan – Asia, Guam, Oceania:

  • £62 ($100) per extra piece

Japan Domestic:

  • £31 ($50) per extra piece
  • Passengers must consult with JAL international Reservation in order to make sure there is sufficient space in the cargo compartment
  • N/A
KLM No
  • 23kg
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • Passengers must reserve as early as possible – no later than 48 hours before departure. This can be done through their website or contacting KLM Telephone Reservations
  • Handlebars are parallel to the frame
  • Remove pedals and other protruding parts
  • Reduce the tyre pressure
  • Put in a suitable packaging or bike box
  • If flight is with a Fokker 70 aircraft, do not pack (foldable) bicycle or tandem in a box, but wrap it in soft material such as plastic
Lufthansa Yes
  • 32kg
Free if within baggage allowance Within Europe and Third Countries

  • £55 (€70)

Intercontinental:

  • £118 (€150)
  • Bicycles must be declared before the flight within 24 hours of booking

 

  • N/A
Monarch Airlines No
  • 32kg
Up to 20kg including bag:

  • £25 (€31)

Up to 32kg including bag:

  • £35 (€44)
Online:

  • From £9.99 (€11.99) to £27.99 (€33.99) per bag, prices vary according to route

Contact Centre:

  • £30 (€36) per bag, per one way flight

At Airport:

  • £30 (€36) per bag
  • Pre-book only with an incentive of saving £5
  • If passenger has not pre-booked, they will only accept a bicycle if there is sufficient room in the aircraft
  • Handlebars must be turned inwards
  • Pedals must be removed and tyres deflated
  • The bicycle must be wrapped in plastic or cardboard
Qantas Group Yes
  • 32kg
  • Free if within baggage allowance
Pre-purchased:

  • Travel within Australia: £14 ($26) for the first extra piece
  • International travel – The Americas: £68 ($125) per extra piece

At Airport:

Travel within Australia:

  • £22 ($40) for the first extra piece
  • £33 ($61) for the second and subsequent extra pieces
  • £16 ($29) heavy charge for each piece weighing over 23kg

International Travel – The Americas:

  • £95 ($174) per extra piece
  • £41 ($75) heavy charge for each piece weighing over 23kg
  • Passengers can purchase extra baggage online at a reduced rate
  • Pay at the airport any excess baggage
  • Bicycles must be suitably packed in a box
  • Tyres must be deflated
  • Pedals must be removed
  • Handle bars must be fixed parallel to the frame
Ryanair No
  • 20kg
  • Online: £50 (€39)
  • At the airport: £60 (€47)
  • Call centre: £60 (€47)
Online:Up to 15 kg:

  • £15 – £20 per bag (low season)
  • £25 – £35 (high season)

Up to 20 kg:

  • £25 – £30 (low season)
  • £35 – £45 (high season)

Prices shows are dependent on route and weight

  • Passengers have the option to purchase online as personal checked baggage at a discounted rate
  • If passenger has not pre-booked, they will only accept a bicycle if there is sufficient room in the aircraft
  • Bicycles must be contained in a protective box or bag
Singapore Airlines Yes Weight:

  • Suites and First: 50kg
  • Business: 40kg
  • Economy: 30 kg

 

  • Free if within baggage allowance
  • Varies according to zones, please click here for extra baggage cost
  • N/A
  • N/A
Swiss Air Yes
  • 23kg in Economy Class
  • 32kg in Business Class
  • 32kg in First Class
  • Free if within baggage allowance

 

If checked in as extra baggage cost are:

  • Within Europe: £39 (€50)
  • Intercontinental Flights: £78 (€100)
  • Passengers must arrive one hour before the latest check-in time
  • Sports equipment must be carefully packed to ensure bicycle is not damaged
Thai Airways Yes Weight:

  • Royal Silk Class: 30kg
  • Economy Class: 20kg

 

  • Free if within baggage allowance
  • Varies according to zones, please click here for extra baggage cost
  • N/A
  • N/A
Virgin Atlantic Yes
  • 23kg
  • Free if within baggage allowance
International flights:Online:

  • 1st extra bag: £55
  • 2nd and subsequent bags: £120

At Airport:

  • 1st extra bag: £65
  • 2nd and subsequent bags: £140

Little Red (UK Domestic):

Online:

  • 1st extra bag: £34
  • 2nd and subsequent bags: £34

At Airport:

  • 1st extra bag: £40
  • 2nd and subsequent bags: £40
  • Passengers can arrive at airport, providing their bicycle meets their weight limit without the need to pre-book
  • Tyres must be partially deflated
  • Handlebars must be turned, so they’re in line with the frame
  • Remove any attachments, including pedals
  • Ensure the gearing is especially well protected
  • Protect the frame with bubble wrap

*Areas for Alitalia:
Area 1: Italy
Area 2: Europe, Eastern Europe, North Africa
Area 3: Middle East
Area 4: Asia and South America (Buenos Aires, Caracas)
Area 5: North America, Canada, South America (Sao Paulo), Africa (Lagos, Accra)  

**Zones for Cathay Pacific:
Zone 1: Within Australia, within Malaysia, between Taiwan and Japan/Korea, between Thailand and India/Sri Lanka/Pakistan/Singapore, between UAE and India/Bahrain, between Sri Lanka and Singapore,between Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates
Zone 2: Japan, Maldives, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Russia (in Asia)
Zone 3: Australia, New Zealand, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar
Zone 4: France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, UK, Russia (in Europe), South Africa
Zone 5: USA, Canada
Zone 6: Central and South Americas


 AIRLINE

 CHECKED-IN FREE BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE (SHORT HAUL)

 CHECKED-IN FREE BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE (LONG HAUL)

 BIKE EQUIPMENT

Aer Lingus

Weight

  • 20kg

Economy Low Fare

  • £12 per item online 
  • £24 per item at the airport

Economy Plus Fare

  • Fees will apply for the 2nd and subsequent checked bags

Economy Flex Fare

  • Fees will apply for the 3rd and subsequent checked bags

 

Weight

  • 23kg

Economy Low Fare

  • Free of charge for one bag up to 23kg

Economy Flex Fare

  • Free of charge for two bags up to 23kg

Weight (Flights between Ireland and North America)

  • 23kg: part of the free allowance, normal excess baggage rates apply

All Other Flights

  • £31.50 per bicycle
  • There is no charge for bicycles for passengers travelling in Business Class

Restrictions

  • Maximum of 10 bicycles per flight
  • Restriction of 6 bicycles per flight on the following
  • Prague
  • Vilnius
  • Lisbon
  • Warsaw
  • Frankfurt
  • Zurich
  • Vienna
  • Krakow
  • Amsterdam
  • Budapest

Air Canada

Weight

  • 23kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for one bag
  • £45 per flight for second bag

Weight

  • 23kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for one bag
  • £45 per flight for second bag
  • £63 per flight for second bag for flights to/from US from UK

Weight

  • 23kg

All Flights

  • Bicycle counts as one piece of baggage towards the maximum number of checked bags allowed by your fare type.
  • No oversize charge applies to bicycles
  • Bicycle are subject to a handling charge of £31.80

Restrictions

  • Bicycles are accepted on a space available basis only and should be pre-registered at time of booking
  • The bicycle must be placed – with handlebars fixed sideways and pedals removed – in a rigid and/or hard shell container specifically designed for shipping or in a bicycle suitcase (in the case of collapsible bicycles)

Air France

Weight

  • 23kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for one item up to 23kg

Premium Economy

  • Free of charge  for two items up to 23kg allowed

Weight

  • 23kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for one item up to 23kg

Premium Economy

  • Free of charge  for two items up to 23kg

 

Weight

  • 23 kg

Flights by zone:
Zone 1:

  • £59 on flights departing from a country outside the European zone

Zone 2:

  • £59 on flights departing from a country outside the European zone

Zone 3:

  • £82 on flights departing from a country within the European zone
  • £118 departing from Canada
  • £118 departing from other countries

Zone 4:

  • £157.50 on flights departing from a country outside the European zone

Restrictions

  • Customers must obtain prior approval from one of their telephone sales agents to transport a bicycle
  • Maximum size: 175 cm x 21.5 cm x 86 cm

Alitalia

Weight

  • 23kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for one item up to 23kg

Premium Economy

  • Free of charge  for two items up to 23kg

Weight

  • 23kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for one item up to 23kg

Premium Economy

  • Free of charge  for two items up to 23kg

Weight

  • 23kg included in the baggage allowance

Flights between Europe and North Africa

  • £55

U.S. Outbound

  • £204

U.S. Inbound

  • £157

All Other Flights

  • £157

Restrictions
Sport equipment up to a maximum of 23Kgs is considered checked-in baggage, and is included in the baggage allowance. If they exceed the allowance, they can be checked-in subject to the standard excess charge fees

American Airlines

Weight

  • 23kg

Economy flights

  • £16 for the first checked bag. 
  • £22 for the second checked bag. 
  • £96 for any additional pieces

 

Weight

  • 23kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for one item up to 23kg
  • £48 for second bag of up to 23kg
  • AAdvantage Executive Platinum, Platinum and Gold Members: two items up to 23kg each allowed free of charge

Weight

  • 23kg

All Flights

  • Non-motorised bicycles of all dimensions provided are accepted if they are packed in a recognised bicycle bag
  • £94.23 if above 23kg or larger than 62 dimensional inches

Restrictions

  • Bicycle pedals must be removed (or fixed inwards)
  • Handlebars must be fixed sideways
  • The bicycle must be contained in a protective case or bag
  • Deflate the tyres to reduce the risk of damage

Atlantic Airways

Weight

  • 20kg or 30kg

Economy flights

  • Free of charge for 20kg for SemiFlex or Lowest ticket: allowance
  • Free of charge for 30kg for C-Flex, J-Flex, D-Flex or Y-Flex

Not Applicable, all short haul

Weight

  • 20kg or 30kg

All Flights

  • Bicycles can be checked-in and are included in your free baggage allowance
  • If the weight exceeds free baggage allowance the can be checked in at a rate of £4.23 per kilogram

Restrictions

  • Remove the pedals and ensure the steering bar is parallel with the chassis

BMI

Weight

  • 20kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for one piece up to weight allowance

Economy Flexible, Economy Extra, Regional Y Class Economy

  • Free of charge unlimited pieces but total combined weight not to exceed 20kg

Weight

  • 20kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for unlimited pieces but total combined weight not to exceed 20kg. Some exceptions depending on route

Weight

  • 20kg
  • Up to 30kg accepted with excess baggage charges

Economy

  • £30 per item under 20kg, additional £30 per item if weights over 20kg, but below 32kg

Flexible Economy

  • Free of charge as long as its weight does not exceed total baggage allowance. If exceeded, a flat rate of £30 per item will be charged for items under 20kg. Additional £30 per item will be charged if weight exceeds 20kg, but is below 32kg

Restriction

  • Bicycles should be packed in a proper box rather than a plastic bag
  • Handlebars must be fixed sideways in line with the crossbar
  • Pedals must be turned inwards or removed
  • Front wheel must be removed and fixed to rear wheel

BMI Baby

Weight

  • 22kg

Economy

  • Rates start at £13.99 per 22kg standard baggage weight allowance per one way flight and £9 per each additional kg when making your reservation online.

Not Applicable, all short haul

Weight

  • 22kg
  • Up to 32kg accepted with excess baggage charges

Economy

  • One bicycle will be charged at £17.99 per flight if booked online

Restrictions

  • Bicycles will be carried subject to space availability on the aircraft and sports equipment bags must only contain the items for practicing the sport
  • Bicycles will only be accepted if suitably packaged

British Airways

Club Europe (business)

  • 2 bags of 32kg maximum

Economy

  • 1 bag of 23kg maximum

Euro Traveller

  • Free of charge for one bag up to 23kg
  • First extra bag £34
  • Further extra bags £34

First Club World (business)

  • 3 bags of 32kg maximum

World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy)

  • 2 bags of 23kg maximum

Economy

  • 1 bag of 23kg maximum

World Traveller

  • Free of charge for one bag up to 23kg
  • First extra bag £34
  • Further extra bags £77

Weight

  • 32kg maximum

Economy

  • Free of charge. If the total number of bags is more than the free checked allowance, extra bag charges will incur. Passengers are advised to pay for extra bags online before check in as charges at the airport will be higher
  • A heavy bag charge may apply to bags over 23kg

Restrictions

  • Bicycles must not exceed the maximum weight restrictions
  • Bicycles will only be accepted if packed appropriately in a recognised bag or case to safeguard against damage

Cathay Pacific

Weight

  • 20kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for one bag up to 20kg

Weight

  • 20kg

Economy (for all destinations except Americas)

  • Free of charge for one bag up to 20kg

Economy (Central, North and South Americas)

  • Free of charge for two bags up to 23kg each

Weight

  • 20kg

All Flights
Sporting equipment is subject to the applicable standard excess baggage charges if it exceeds the standard free baggage allowance

Restrictions

  • Extra charges vary per zone for a full list see here

Delta Air Lines

Weight

  • 23kg

Economy

  • £16 for first bag
  • £22 for second bag

Weight

  • 23kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for first bag
  • £51 for second bag if checked in online
  • £64 for second bag if checked in at the airport

Weight

Economy (All Regions, excluding Brazil)

  • £95.50

Economy (Brazil)

  • £47.80

Restrictions

  • Bicycle over 115 linear inches will not be accepted

EasyJet

Weight

  • 20kg

All Tickets

  • £26 per 20kg bag
  • £68 per 23kg bag
  • £110 per 26kg bag
  • £152 per 29kg bag
  • £194 per 32kg bag

Weight

  • 20kg

All Tickets

  • £26 per 20kg bag
  • £68 per 23kg bag
  • £110 per 26kg bag
  • £152 per 29kg bag
  • £194 per 32kg bag
  • £26 per 20kg bag

Weight

  • 32kg

All Tickets

  • Bicycle can be carried in addition to customers hold baggage allowance.
  • Prepaid: £25
  • Paid at the Airport: £30

Restrictions

  • The bicycle must be packaged in a bicycle box or bag
  • Only one bicycle per box/bag is permitted
  • No other items can be carried in the bicycle box/bag (i.e. clothing)
  • The handlebars must be in line with the frame
  • Pedals must be removed or in line against the frame

Emirates

Economy

  • 30kg

Business Class

  • 40kg

First Class

  • 50Kg

Economy
30kg

Business Class

  • 40kg

First Class

  • 50Kg

Weight

  • 30kg/ 40kg/ 50kg

Economy

  • Free of charge and accepted as checked baggage, subject to normal excess baggage charges if it exceeds your baggage allowance

Restrictions

  • For extra weight, buy online before reaching the airport

Ethiad

Weight

  • 23kg

Economy

  • Free of charge

Weight

  • 23kg

Economy

  • Free of charge

Weight

  • 23kg

Economy

  • Accepted as checked baggage and charged standard excess baggage rate if in excess of the free baggage allowance

Restrictions

  • None listed

Flybe

Weight

  • Variable

Essential

  • Small bag 15kg  11.99     
  • Standard bag 20kg 13.99
  • Extra Kilos bag 23kg 30.99            
  • Go large (two bags) 40kgs 43.99

New Economy

  • Free of charge for one bag of 20kg

Plus

  • Free of charge for two bags up to 40kg

Not Applicable, all short haul

Weight

  • Variable

All Flights

  • Operated cross border services: £30
  • Within Scotland and within the Republic of Ireland and to/from Bergen: £10

Restrictions

  • There are limits to the number of exceptional items that can be carried on each flight and there may be restrictions on what the sporting equipment consists of.  Please contact our UK Customer Call Centre

Iberia

Weight

  • 23kg

Tourist Express

  • Online: One item: £12, Two items: £39
  • At Airport: One item: £23, Two items: £47        

Tourist

  • Free charge for one bag up to 23kg
  • Subsequent charges apply for more bags

Weight

  • 23kg

Economy Tourist

  • Free of charge for one bag
  • Further bags are subjected to additional charges

Weight

  • 23kg

All Flight Except Brazil

  • Bicycles are accepted as excess baggage with a fixed rate of £59 per flight regardless of the destination. Charge payable only at the airport.

Brazil

  • For journeys originating in Brazil (outbound and return) bicycles are within the passenger’s free baggage allowance. When this allowance is exceeded a fee of £76 per piece will be charged

Restrictions

  • Bicycles must have a single seat and no engine
  • Bicycles be folded and properly packed when checked in, with the handlebars fixed at the sides, the pedals removed and the wheels deflated
  • At many airports Iberia provides boxes measuring 131+72+21 cm (in the case of bicycles that exceed those dimensions, passengers must provide their own packaging). The boxes in question cost £15.70 per unit. This packaging will be provided at the request of the passenger

Japan Airlines

Weight

  • Maximum 23kg per bag

Economy

  • Two bags up to 23kg allowed free of charge
  • The total linear dimensions for each piece of baggage shall not exceed 203 cm (height, width and length)

Weight

  • Maximum 23kg per bag

Economy

  • Two bags up to 23kg allowed free of charge
  • The total linear dimensions for each piece of baggage shall not exceed 203 cm (height, width and length)

Economy (for most destinations)

  • Per piece: £120
  • Overweight, more than 23 kg to 32 kg: £40
  • Overweight, more than 32 kg to 45 kg: £360

Restrictions

  • JAL will not be liable for any damage bicycles, if the damage result from the inherent defect, quality or vice of the item, although adequate precautions will be taken in their handling

KLM

Weight

  • Maximum 23kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for one bag up to 23kg

Weight

  • Maximum 23kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for one bag up to 23kg

Economy (Parts of Caribbean, Indian Ocean, South America, Brazil, Africa, French Polynesia)

  • Free of charge for two pieces of check-in baggage, each up to 23kg

Weight

  • Maximum 23kg

Economy
Bikes are charged per zone:

  • Zone 1 and 2: £59
  • Zone 3: £118
  • Zone 4: £157

Restrictions

  • Put your bicycle or tandem (non-electric) in suitable packaging or a bike box
  • The handlebars should be turned lengthways along the frame
  • Pedals and other protruding parts should be removed, and tyre pressures should be reduced
  • Special KLM bike boxes are available at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for £15.70 each (170 x 23 x 100 cm – 66.5 x 9 x 39 inches). The KLM bike box weighs 4.5kg

Your bicycle, including bike box, may weigh no more than 23kg

Lufthansa

Weight

  • Maximum 23kg

Economy Class     

  • Free of charge for one bag up to 23 kg       

Economy Class (Frequent Travellers)

  • Free of charge for two bags up to 23 kg each

Weight

  • Maximum 23kg

Economy Class     

  • Free of charge for one bag up to 23 kg        

Economy Class (Frequent Travellers)

  • Free of charge for two bags up to 23 kg each

Weight

  • Maximum 23kg

Economy (Short Haul)

  • £39.30

Economy (Long Haul)

  • £78.80

Restrictions

  • Sports baggage must be registered through the reservation hotline preferably within 24 hours after booking the flight

Monarch Airlines

Weight

  • Maximum 23kg

Economy

  • £10.99 to £18.99 per bag, per one way flight when booked online
  • £25 per bag per one way flight when booked at a call centre
  • £25 per bag per one way flight when booked at the airport

Weight

  • Maximum 23kg

Economy

  • £10.99 to £18.99 per bag, per one way flight when booked online
  • £25 per bag per one way flight when booked at a call centre
  • £25 per bag per one way flight when booked at the airport

Weight

  • Maximum 23kg

Economy

  • £25 per bicycle up to 20kg if paid at airport check-in
  • £35 per bicycle up to 32kg if paid at airport check-in
  • £5 less than the normal price per bicycle per sector if pre-booked online or over the phone

Restrictions

  • All sports equipment is carried subject to hold space and weight availability
  • Bicycles are limited to one bag/item at a max weight of 32kgs. If additional board-bags/sail bags  are taken per sector charges apply
  • Total length must be less than 3.8 metres

Qantas Group

Weight

  • Maximum 23kg

Economy/Premium Economy

  • Free of charge for one bag up to 23kg

Weight

  • Maximum 23kg

Economy/Premium Economy (The Americas)

  • Free of charge for two bags up to 23kg per bag

Economy/Premium Economy (The Americas)

  • Free of charge for one bag up to 23kg per bag

Weight

  • Maximum 23kg

Economy

  • Accepted as checked baggage, charged at normal excess baggage charges if it exceeds baggage allowance

Restrictions

  • Maximum length: 140cm, width: 30cm, height: 80cm

Ryanair

Weight
Either 15kg or 20kg

Economy
Online

  • £15 to £30 depending on season for one bag of 15kg
  • £25 to £40 for one bag of 20kg
  • £35 to £50 for a second bag of 15kg

Call Centre or Airport Booking

  • £60 to £120 depending on season for one bag of 15kg
  • £75 to £130 for one bag of 20kg
  • £105 to £150 for a second bag of 15kg

Not Applicable, all short haul

Weight

  • Maximum 32kg

All Flights

  • £50 online
  • £60 at the airport or through a Ryanair call centre

Restrictions

  • Bicycles must be contained in a protective box or bag
  • Bicycle weighing over the 20 kilos allowance will be charged for the excess at the applicable excess baggage rate per kilo

Singapore Airlines

Weight

  • 20kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for one bag up to 20kg

Weight

  • 20kg or 23kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for one bag up to 20kg

Economy (Americas)

  • Free of charge for two bags up to 23kg

Weight

  • 20kg or 23kg

Economy

  • A standard excess charge of 6kg will be applied on the bicycle if along with other checked baggage it exceeds the standard free allowance entitled to you. This is applicable up to a maximum excess of 15kg for the bicycle. Normal excess baggage charges will apply for any excess weight beyond 15kg (From £5.04 to £37.80 per kg depending on destination)

Restrictions
This special charge is only applicable to one bicycle per customer.  Any additional bicycles shall be charged according to the standard excess baggage charges

Swiss Air

Weight

  • 23kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for one bag up to 23kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for two bags up to 23kg each when flying to/from West, East, Central Africa, Japan
  • Free of charge for two bags up to 32kg each when flying from Brazil
  • Free of charge for two bags up to 23kg each when flying between South Africa, India, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Turkey and the USA, Canada or Mexico

Economy (All Other Routes)

  • Free of charge for one bag up to 23kg

Weight

  • Maximum 32kg

Economy

  • Free of charge if within free baggage allowance. If exceeded by either the weight per piece or amount of pieces, charges are as follows

Within Europe

  • £39.70

Intercontinental

  • £79.50

Restrictions

  • One regular bike (no motor/no e-bike) or one special children’s trolley to use with a bike or one-wheel bike

Thai Airlines

Weight

  • 20kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for one bag up to 20kg

Weight

  • 20kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for one bag up to 20kg

Weight

  • Maximum 40kg

Economy

  • Bicycle may be included as part of your free baggage allowance
  • For a bicycle above the free baggage allowance, normal excess baggage rates apply: £73

Virgin Atlantic

Weight

  • 23kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for one bag up to 23kg

Weight

  • 23kg

Economy

  • Free of charge for one bag up to 23kg

Weight

  • Maximum 23kg

Economy

  • No extra charge if below 23kg. Can carry bike in addition to free baggage allowance

Restrictions

  • Partially deflate the tyres to reduce the risk of damage
  • Turn the handlebars so they’re in line with the frame
  • Remove any attachments, including pedals
  • Ensure the gearing is especially well protected
  • Protect the frame with bubble wrap
  • Should be transported in a protective box or bag – which you will need to provide yourself

*Each price or weight is based on the allowance for one passenger if not otherwise stipulated
**All costs have been converted in to GBP from their home currency. Exchange Rate correct as of 23/08/12 (www.xe.com)


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