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UK FLIGHTS in the budget airline market can be confusing when booking online in regards to hand luggage rules. With many airlines having different restrictions when it comes to weight and size, we try to explain what each popular budget airline offers for free.




UK flights this summer can be found for a bargain with some for as little as £4.99 each way. Budget airlines offer some of the cheapest fares on the market by offering no-frills tickets. This often means flights without meals, seat reservations or luggage included to keep the costs down.

Yet each airline in the UK offers different weight restrictions and size restrictions when it comes to taking hand luggage onboard. What does each UK budget airline offer for free and what luggage is restricted from the cabin?



Passengers travelling on the most basic ticket are not allowed a hand luggage suitcase in the cabin for free with Ryanair.

They must instead buy Priority Boarding for it to be allowed onboard, or it will be put in the hold for free.

For passengers who do take their luggage onboard as a Priority boarder, the suitcase must be no bigger than 55cm x 40cm x 20cm and weigh no more than 10kg.

A small bag of 35cm x 20cm x 20cm is allowed for all passengers into the cabin, with no weight restriction.


All easyJet passengers can take one piece of hand luggage with them onboard.

The suitcase must be no bigger than 56cm x 45cm x 25cm, with no weight restriction.

However, a second smaller bag is not permitted for basic ticket fares on easyJet flights and must fit into the suitcase.

Passengers are allowed a suitcase no larger than 56cm x 45cm x 25cm and must weigh no more than 10kg.

A small bag is also allowed onboard such as a handbag or laptop bag, or items bought from duty-free.


If flying with Tui, passengers are only allowed a suitcase that measures less than 55cm x 40cm x 20cm.

The weight of the suitcase must be less than 5kg, while some flights allow 7kg if booking a package holiday.

An additional smaller bag is not allowed and must be put into hand luggage.


Wizz Air

Only passengers who purchase Priority boarding will be allowed to take their hand luggage onboard, following in the steps of Ryanair.

Priority travellers are allowed a suitcase that is less than 55cm x 40cm x 23cm and no more than 10kg in weight.

Non-priority boarders are only allowed a small bag no larger than 40cm x 30cm x 18cm onboard, with their hand luggage suitcase being put into the hold for free.

Priority boarders are allowed the smaller bag as well as the suitcase.


Flybe passengers can take a bag measuring no more than 55cm x 35cm x 20cm onboard and must weigh no more than 10kg.

A second bag such as a laptop bag or handbag is also allowed into the cabin but is included in the 10kg weight limit.



The most basic ticket with Norwegian allows a suitcase brought onboard measuring no more than 55cm x 40cm x 23cm, and less than 10kg in weight.

If travelling to and from Dubai, the weight limit is 8kg.

A small personal bag no bigger than 25cm x 22cm x 20cm is also allowed and is included in the weight limit.

WOW air

Passengers are only allowed to take a small personal bag measuring 42cm x 32cm x 25cm and no heavier than 10kg into the cabin with them for free.

For a suitcase measuring up to 56cm x 45cm x 25cm and weighing up to 12kg, this must be purchased for the flight.

Prices start from £20 per bag and vary depending on the destination.






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