Baggage Allowance

Checked Baggage

Checked baggage allowances on tickets issued wholly on Gulf Air operated flights Total weight:

  • Falcon Gold passengers: 40 kg
  • Economy Class passengers: 30 kg


Children, aged 2 years and older, travelling on Gulf Air operated services, get the same checked baggage allowance as adults plus a child's collapsible stroller/pushchair and a child's car seat. Infants, aged under 2 years, get a special allowance of 10 kg for checked baggage, plus a collapsible stroller/pushchair and an infant car seat.


If you are a Gold or Silver member of the Gulf Air Falconflyer programme, you also receive an additional baggage allowance over and above the applicable allowance for your journey, free of charge. This will be handled at the airport by Customer Service staff when you present your membership details. The extra allowance when travelling on flights operated by Gulf Air is:

  • Black: an additional 25 kg
  • Gold: an additional 20 kg
  • Silver: an additional 15 kg


In line with IATA regulations and the legislation of many countries, no single piece of checked baggage may weigh more than 32 kg. If it exceeds 32 kg, you will be asked to repack the bag by our Customer Service staff.

Note: Passengers flying to/from India, Pakistan or Bangladesh

Effective Sunday 15th July 2018, all Gulf Air passengers flying to/from India, Pakistan or Bangladesh are permitted to check-in a maximum of two pieces of baggage, with a maximum combined weight as per ticketed baggage weight allowance. Gulf Air Falconflyer members’ additional baggage weight allowance is not impacted. These revisions apply to all tickets, irrespective of issuance dates for travel from Sunday 15th July 2018 onwards.

Please read this notice, if you have baggage to check in for a flight with Gulf Air.

We would like to inform passengers that Gulf Air assumes no liability for scratches, small cuts and dents or items that protrude from baggage such as wheels, luggage straps and handles, since during the course of normal baggage handling, your baggage may show evidence of wear and tear.

Gulf Air does have liability for loss, delay or major damage to baggage which is limited by international convention. Passengers may declare a higher value to us at the point of check-in and pay the additional charges if they wish.

Passengers may also like to consider taking their own travel insurance or increasing the amount if they consider the contents of their baggage to be of high value. Passengers wishing to check-in items other than conventional baggage must ensure it is adequately packaged. The Company has the right to decline or accept items that are considered to be inadequately packed and protected with no liability.

Size of Checked Baggage

Airport baggage systems are unable to carry all sizes of baggage; therefore Gulf Air states that baggage dimensions should not exceed the below:

95cm(38ins) x 75cm(30ins) x 45cm(18ins) 

Cabin / Hand Baggage

Economy Class

One bag (maximum dimensions 45 x 40 x 30 cm or 17 x 15 x 12 inches)
Total weight: 6 kg

Falcon Gold

One bag (maximum dimensions 55 x 40 x 30 cm) 
or One garment carrier (maximum width 20 cm or 8 inches),
Plus One briefcase (maximum dimensions 45 x 40 x 30 cm or 17 x 15 x 12 inches).
Total weight: 9 kg

Infant (All Classes)

One bag (maximum dimensions 44 x 35 x 20 cm or 17 x 13 x 7 inches)
Total weight: 3 kg


Please note: Hand baggage shall be under the custody and responsibility of the customer

Personal Items

In addition to the above free cabin baggage allowance, each customer can carry any of the following personal items without additional charges:

  • A handbag, pocket book, or purse which is appropriate to normal travel dress and is not being used as a container for other items which could be regarded as baggage.
  • A laptop/ personal computer
  • An overcoat, wrap or blanket
  • An umbrella or walking stick
  • A small camera or pair of binoculars
  • A reasonable amount of reading matter
  • Infant's food for consumption during the flight
  • A fully collapsible wheelchair (please note that this will be loaded in the hold at the departure gate)
  • A pair of crutches and/or braces or other prosthetic device provided that the customer is dependent on them

Smart Bags

Carriage of Smart Bags powered by a lithium battery or lithium battery power bank will only be accepted in accordance with the following conditions:

  1. Checked Baggage: Smart bags are permitted as checked baggage provided the battery is removed and carried in the cabin; if the battery cannot be removed, the Smart bag may not be carried as checked baggage.
  2. Cabin Baggage: Smart bags are allowed in the cabin (weight and size permitting), as long as the battery is removable. The battery does not have to be removed in flight as long as the Smart bag is completely powered off. If the battery is not removable, the Smart bag cannot be carried on Gulf Air.

Prohibited Items as Baggage

For safety reasons in the aviation industry, the carriage of certain articles is prohibited by law and must not be carried in passenger's cabin or checked baggage. Find details of the prohibited items.

Travelling with other airlines on your Gulf air ticket

Codeshare Flights:

Passengers who purchase tickets for travel on a codeshare flight (i.e. a flight with a Gulf Air flight number, but operated by another airline) are subject to the checked baggage policy of the airline operating that flight. Learn more about all our codeshare flights.

If your ticket includes a connection to/from a codeshare flight not operated by Gulf Air, the baggage policy of the carrier operating the first segment of your itinerary applies for all flights until you reach your destination.

Example 1:

Travelling between Dubai and Cairo via Bahrain:
Dubai to Bahrain - operated by Gulf Air
Bahrain to Cairo with a Gulf Air flight number - but the flight operated by Egypt Air

The baggage rules of Gulf Air would apply to your journey from Dubai to Cairo

Example 2:

Travelling between Cairo and Dubai via Bahrain:
Cairo to Bahrain with a Gulf Air flight number - but the flight operated by Egypt Air
Bahrain to Dubai - operated by Gulf Air

The baggage rules of Egypt Air would apply to your journey from Cairo to Dubai

Gulf Air Codeshare flights operated by American Airlines to and from the USA or Canada, have a special piece concept applicable

Falcon Gold

Two checked pieces, provided that the total linear dimensions (height + width + depth) for each bag does not exceed 158 cm (62 inches) and the weight of each bag does not exceed 32 kg (70 lbs).


Two checked pieces, provided the total linear dimensions (height + width + depth) for both bags added together does not exceed 273 cm (107 inches) and the weight of each bag does not exceed 23 kg (50 lbs).

Bags that weigh more than 23 kg (50 lbs) but below 32 kg (70 lbs) will incur a fixed overweight charge of USD50.00 for economy passengers. Any passengers wishing to carry an additional piece(s) over and above their free allowance, will be charged as per American Airlines policy which is available on their website.


Regardless of class infants will be allowed one checked piece, provided that the total linear dimensions (height + width + depth) does not exceed 158 cm (62 inches) and the weight of the bag does not exceed 23 kg (50 lbs).

For further information on baggage allowances for flights operated by American Airlines go to

Gulf Air tickets issued for travel on other Airlines to/from the USA and Canada

If you purchase a Gulf Air ticket to/from the USA or Canada that involves a connection with a flight operated by another airline (for American Airlines see policy above), your free baggage allowance is based on a combination of how many piece(s) you can carry and a maximum weight per individual piece. Individual airlines have varying policies on this, please refer to their website to ensure you have the most up to date information as to your baggage allowance and any potential charges before you set out on your journey. IATA rates apply for any piece over the free baggage allowance.

Gulf Air tickets issued for travel on other Airlines excluding the USA and Canada

If you purchase a Gulf Air ticket that involves a connection with a flight operated by an airline which is not a Gulf Air codeshare partner, the baggage allowance of that operating airline applies to their flight irrespective of where you have commenced your journey. Please see the baggage allowance on the website of the airline you will be travelling on and plan accordingly.

Separate tickets or no through check-in facility to an onward destination

Please note that if you hold separate tickets for your journey or if your baggage cannot be checked through to your final destination, you will be subject to the applicable baggage allowance of the airline operating each flight.

Note: For more information, please contact our Worldwide Contact Centre or your nearest Gulf Air Office.