Everything About Air India Baggage Allowance – Size, Weight, and Fees

About Air India Baggage Allowance

Posted on Nov 3rd, 2022 by Heena Ganotra, Last updated on Dec 28th, 2022

When it comes to international AI flights, one of the most common questions is, “What is the Air India baggage allowance?” Flying internationally can be quite confusing; airlines seem to change the amount of luggage they will let passengers check all the time. If you want to avoid annoying airline fees, you need to know the rules and pack your things right. We explain everything you need to know about Air India baggage allowance for Canada, including how much it costs and how much weight you can bring.

Checked-In Baggage Allowance

Air India lets all passengers check in a lot of luggage, which will make your trip more pleasant. The generous Air India baggage allowance to Canada makes it a popular airline for that route. 

  • Air India First Class – Passengers are allowed to check in 40 kg split between different bags. The maximum bag limit is 32 kg each so you may need to pack two bags. No bag should exceed 62 inches or 158 cm in size when the length, breadth, and height are added up.
  • Air India Business Class Allowance – Air India business class passengers can check in 35 kg between two bags. No bag should exceed 62 inches or 158 cm in size when the length, breadth, and height are added up.
  • Air India Economy Class Allowance – Economy class passengers are allowed to check in 25 kg. No bag should exceed 62 inches or 158 cm in size when the length, breadth, and height are added up.

Infants in all classes are allowed an additional 10 kg so parents can pack all of their essentials without worry. When added up, all of the bags you check in shouldn’t exceed 107 inches in size together. 

The airline lets passengers check in one piece of luggage for free, and those in Business or First Class can also check in the second piece of luggage for free. These rules apply to Air India baggage allowance international and domestic. 

Air India Hand Baggage Allowance

On Air India Airlines flights, passengers are expected to follow strict rules about how much hand luggage and carry-on luggage they can bring. Domestic and international flights on Air India have different rules about how much cabin luggage you can bring on board. 

  • Air India Domestic Hand Baggage Allowance – Economy – Each passenger can bring one piece of carry-on luggage that weighs no more than 8 kg and is no bigger than 55/35/25 cm. 
  • Air India Cabin Baggage Allowance – First and Business Class – Passengers are allowed to bring one piece of carry-on luggage weighing no more than 12 kg and no bigger than 55/35/25 cm. 
  • Additional Small Item – You can carry an additional small item like a laptop bag, handbag, diaper bag, coat bag, camera case, etc. 

Keep in mind that you may not be allowed to carry certain items on board international flights. Make sure all your toiletries are packed in 10ml cases and placed inside a clear plastic ziplock bag for easy inspection. 

Air India Excess Baggage Allowance

Because you can’t bring the same amount of extra luggage on a domestic flight as you can on an international flight, you need to know the rules before you leave. If your bags weigh more than what is allowed, you will have to pay extra baggage fees. The amount of these fees will depend on the route you take.

1. Air India Excess Baggage Domestic

Air India offers a generous baggage allowance but if you exceed those limits, you will need to pay a fixed fee of Rs. 600 per kg plus GST depending on your route. Certain airports are exempt from GST and they include:

  • Assam 
  • Arunachal Pradesh
  • West Bengal
  • Sikkim 
  • Nagaland 
  • Mizoram
  • Meghalaya
  • Manipur
  • Tripura

The final amount will be visible on your ticket or coupon for excess baggage. You can also visit the Air India website to know more about their excess baggage rules for domestic routes. 

Be sure to check the website before you leave as Air India extra baggage cost domestic can change without warning.

2. Air India Excess Baggage Allowance – International

The Air India excess baggage costs can vary depending on your destination. The airline divides the destinations into four ‘bands.’ Canada typically falls in Band 1 so the Air India extra baggage charge from Canada to India will be:

  • CAD 300 for an extra piece weighing anywhere between 0 to 23 kg. 
  • CAD 460 for an excess piece and weight up to 32 kg. 
  • CAD 160 extra for every kg of weight up to 32 kg. 
  • A single piece of oversize luggage of 158 cm to 203 cm can cost CAD 160 extra.

If you are confused about the excess baggage costs, look at the details mentioned on your ticket or speak with our agent. Our experts will provide detailed information about the baggage rules so you can make an informed decision. 


Q. How much luggage is allowed on International Flights for students?

Ans: While Air India does have some additional baggage allowance options for students, they are not applicable for students traveling the US/Canada route. 

Q. How much baggage is allowed on Air India international flights?

Ans: You are allowed to check in a bag that weighs 25 kg on an international flight. The baggage allowance is more generous for First and Business classes. 

Q. What if my bag exceeds the weight or size limits?

Ans: If your bag exceeds the weight or size limits, you may have to either remove some items at the airport or pay Air India extra baggage charges. 

Now that you know what you can pack, you can start booking your tickets for your upcoming trip!

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