What stood out to me is figuring out the baggage allowance is not always the easiest thing so we will break down what you are allowed to bring onboard a Turkish Airlines flight.
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Cabin Baggage Allowance on Turkish Airlines
Turkish Airlines official policy is to weigh all bags during the check in process, including cabin bags. Cabin bags must also be tagged by the gate agent although we’ve never seen them check during boarding.
In order to be compliant with Turkish cabin bag allowance and avoid additional charges you should adhere to the following policy:
1 personal item: FREE 1 standard carry-on bag: FREE
Size and Weight Restrictions
Personal: Maximum weight is 17.6 pounds (8 kg).
Standard: Maximum weight is 17.6 pounds (8 kg) and maximum size is 21.6 x 15.7 x 9 inches (55 x 40 x 23 cm).
Lap Infant Policy
Infants are permitted 1 piece of carry-on not exceeding 17.6 pounds (8 kg).
No strollers are permitted in the cabin.
Depending on the check in agent you have some weigh cabin bags while others will just hand you tags.
Checked Baggage Allowance on Turkish Airlines
Turkish Airlines makes a baggage calculator available for all passengers making it easy to find the specific requirements of your flight. We found the following standard rules across most journeys, depending on the fare class you purchase.
Turkish Airlines introduced new fare classes during the booking process for domestic journeys that include multiple tiers of baggage.
EcoFly: 33 pounds (15 kg)
ExtraFly: 44 pounds (20 kg)
PrimeFly: 55 pounds (25 kg)
Business Class: 66 pounds (30 kg)
Make sure you pay attention when booking and select the right option for you.
Turkish Airlines has two types of international travel requirements for checked baggage either by fixed number of bags with a weight limit per bag or total weight.
The following rules apply for flights that serve Angola, Argentina, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, Colombia, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Japan, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South America, Sudan, U.S., and Venezuela.
Adult and child passengers are allowed to bring a maximum of 2 bags as free checked luggage with a maximum linear size of 62 inches (158 cm).
Economy Class: 50 pounds (23 kg)
Business Class: 70 pounds (32 kg)
Infant passenger: 1 bag (50 pounds/23 kg) with a max linear size of 45 inches (115 cm) and 1 stroller or push chair
For all other international destinations there is no restriction on the number of pieces but the total you are allowed to check in include:
Economy Class: 66 pounds (30 kg)
Business Class: 88 pounds (40 kg)
Additional Baggage Requirements
If the included baggage allowance is not enough and you need additional baggage it will cost you. Turkish Airlines charges more than most other airlines for excess baggage and it will depend on the region of your destination.
The following prices apply per piece to the given regions:
Departure – Destination
Piece Region (Extra Piece)
The regions Turkish Airlines defines are as follows:
Region 1: Aleppo, Athens, Batumi, Bucharest, Chisinau, Constanta, Donetsk, Ganja, Nakhichevan, Odessa, Pristina, Sarajevo, Simferopol, Skopje, Sofia, Thessaloniki, Tirana, Varna
Region 2: Alexandria, Almaty, Amman, Aqaba, Ashgabat, Astana, Astrakhan, Bari, Beirut, Belgrade, Bishkek, Bologna, Budapest, Cairo, Catania, Damascus, Dnipropetrovsk, Dushanbe, Graz, Hurghada, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kabul, Kharkiv, Kherson, Khujand, Kiev, Kosice, Ljubljana, Luxor, Lviv, Malta, Mazar-i-Sharif, Minsk, Naples, Osh, Pisa, Podgorica, Rome, Rostov-on-Don, Salzburg, Samarkand, Sharm El Sheikh, Sochi, Stavropol, Tabriz, Tashkent, Tbilisi, Tel Aviv, Venice, Vienna, Warsaw, Zagreb, Zaporizhia, Krasnodar
Region 4: Aalborg, Abu Dhabi, Aden, Ahvaz, Al Qassim, Bahrain, Barcelona, Bilbao, Billund, Birmingham, Bordeaux, Copenhagen, Dammam, Doha, Dubai, Dublin, Edinburgh, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Isfahan, Jeddah, Kazan, Kermanshah, Kuwait, London, Madrid, Malaga, Manchester, Mashhad, Medina, Novosibirsk, Oslo, Paris, Riyadh, Rovaniemi, Sana’a, Santiago de Compostela, Shiraz, Sharjah, St Petersburg, Stockholm, Taif, Tehran, Toulouse, Ufa, Valencia, Voronezh, Yanbu, Yekaterinburg
Region 5: Addis Ababa, Bangkok, Denpasar-Bali, Beijing, Cape Town, Casablanca, Colombo, Dar es Salaam, Dhaka, Djibouti, Durban, Entebbe, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Islamabad, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Karachi, Kathmandu, Kigali, Kilimanjaro, Kuala Lumpur, Lahore, Lisbon, Male, Manila, Maputo, Marrakesh, Mogadishu, Mombasa, Mumbai, Muscat, Nairobi, New Delhi, Phuket, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei, Zanzibar, Lusaka
Summary & Takeaways
Turkish Airlines has one of the largest airline networks and has a reasonable baggage policy. However, pay attention to the specific requirements and check their baggage calculator before any trip for specific requirements.
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