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How do I know how much baggage I can travel with free of charge?

It’s important to ask your airline or travel agent when you purchase your ticket as the free baggage allowance can vary by airline, routing and class of fare. Free allowance baggage is generally defined as those items necessary for the passenger's journey, such as clothing and personal articles within certain limitations.


How many pieces can I take?

Saudi Gulf Airlines has guidelines for baggage but the number and weight of baggage allowed free of charge can vary by airline, routing and fare. The "piece concept" defines the number of bags entitled by the passenger's ticket. Generally, two pieces of checked baggage are allowed per passenger, each piece weighing a maximum of 32 kilos (70 lb) and measuring no more than 158 cm (62 in) adding the dimensions: height + width + length. But check with the carrier because some airlines/airports have limits per bag which may be lower and for journeys with a single carrier, there may also be baggage limitation. 


What about baggage weight?

The "weight concept" defines the amount of baggage entitled by the passenger's ticket in kilos. For example, an economy class passenger may be entitled to 20 kilos of baggage and a business class passenger to 30 kilos. For safety considerations and in order to avoid inconvenience at the airport, make sure that your suitcase doesn't weigh more than a maximum of 32 kilos (70lbs). If it does you will be asked to repack and transfer some of your belongings into another bag. Please note that the maximum weight limit relates only to single items and does not affect the baggage allowance or excess baggage charges, which are set by individual airlines. However, some airlines/airports may have limits per bag which are lower, and for journeys with a single carrier, there may also be baggage limitation. Therefore, check with your carrier in advance.


What about cabin baggage - how many pieces can I carry on?

Carry-on baggage must be stowed in the aircraft cabin which limits baggage to a size, weight and shape to fit under a passenger seat or in a storage compartment. Cabin baggage should have maximum length of 22 in (56 cm), width of 18 in (45 cm) and depth of 10 in (25 cm). These dimensions include wheels, handles, side pockets, etc. Baggage allowed onboard may vary from one to two pieces per passenger. Check with your airline as to what is allowed.


Why do so many bags go missing?

Actually, globally 98.2% of all baggage travels with the passenger as planned. And the vast majority of bags that are mishandled are returned to the passenger within 48 hours. This does not detract from the fact that arriving without your baggage is a significant inconvenience. Many baggage mishandlings occur at the transfer point due to punctuality issues, and these are often caused by air traffic control congestion. Sometimes it is simply not possible to move the bags between flights in the time available. IATA and its members continue to work hard to improve baggage performance further.