Maximum weight and size of carry-on luggage on budget airlines

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This article is for everyone who wants to compare the budget airlines and their baggage policies. You will find here the different rules on carry-on of the most known budget airlines, the sizes and more.

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Wizz Air

You can bring a small cabin case which measures 40x30x20cm and has to fit under the seat. Wizz Priority enables you to bring a trolley which measures 55x40x23cm, max 10Kg, and has to fit in the overhead compartment.

The checked-in bag can only be max. 149 x 119 x 171cm. The weight depends on the option, but it’s either max. 10Kg, 20Kg or 32Kg.


Every passenger can bring One Free Personal Item, measuring 7 x 15 x 16 inches (17.8 x 38.1 x 40.6 centimeters). There are no weight restrictions.

Furthermore, you can purchase One Carry-On Bag per passenger, measuring  9 x 14 x 22 inches (22.9 x 35.6 x 55.9 centimeters)

In addition, you can pre-purchase up to 4 Checked Bags per passenger. Each checked bag can weigh up to 40 pounds (18 kilos) and measure 80 linear inches (203 centimeters) in height + width + length.


All customers can bring on board One small cabin bag, measuring 45 x 36 x 20 cm (including any handles or wheels).

Customers who have booked an Up front or Extra legroom seat can also bring on board One additional large cabin bag, measuring 56 x 45 x 25 cm (including any handles or wheels).

It looks like there are no weight restrictions.


All passengers may travel with a carry-on bag weighing up to 10 kg (22 lbs), measuring 35 x 25 x 55 cm (13 x 9 x 21 in). Also, a personal item like a handbag, laptop, tablet or a bag with products purchased at a duty-free shop is allowed.

For the checked baggage, you have to probably pay it, unless you buy a more expensive ticket. The Maximum dimensions are 50 x 28 x 80 cm (20 x 11 x 31 in), up to 23 kg (51 lbs).


All fares include 1 personal item (purse, daypack, laptop bag) that fits under the seat in front of you and doesn’t exceed 17″ L (43.2 cm) x 13″ W (33 cm) x 8″ H (20.32 cm).

For a carry-on bag, you have to buy a higher tier than Blue Basic.

Checked bags are allowed up to 50 pounds (22.68 kg) and 62″ (157.48 cm) in overall dimensions (length + width + height)


Non-priority customers can only bring one small bag (40cm x 20cm x 25cm), that must fit into the sizer. However, there are no weight restrictions.

A larger cabin bag (55 x 40 x 20cm) with a maximum weight allowance of 10kg is only for priority boarding or you pay more.

Each passenger can purchase up to 3 checked bags of 20 kilos with no size restrictions.

Southwest Airlines

Carryon bag dimensions are limited to 10 x 16 x 24 inches. Your personal item must be stored under the seat in front of you, fitting within 18.5 x 8.5 x 13.5 inch dimensions.

Also, there are no weight restrictions.


You can carry one (1) cabin bag with max. 56cm (H) x 36cm (W) x 23cm (D) or max. linear 115cm and must fit in the overhead storage compartment in the aircraft cabin, AND one (1) laptop bag or one (1) small bag with max. 40cm (H) x 30cm (W) x 10cm (D) or max. linear 80cm and must fit under the seat in front of you. 


There are three tiers. The first one allows an underseat bag, measuring  30 x 20 x 38cm with max. 10kg.

Secondly, there is LowFare+ which allows an overhead cabin bag (55 x 40 x 23cm), BUT Your underseat bag + overhead cabin bag have a combined weight limit of 10 kg.

Finally, you can buy Flex, which allows a combined weight limit of 15 kg.


You can bring one free piece of carry-on baggage and one personal item. 

The Carry-on baggage can measure 53 cm x 38 cm x 23 cm (21 in. x 15 in. x 9 in.), while the Personal item measures 41 cm x 33 cm x 15 cm (16 in. x 13 in. x 6 in.)

World’s Best Low-Cost Airlines

Finally, if you want to know the best low-cost airlines, you can check out this article. In fact, it also has a list of all the ‘normal’ airlines and more. Interestingly, AirAsia holds the first spot for the budget airlines.

Well, until next time and happy saving.