What’s my cabin bag allowance?
flybe Lite - our lowest priced, flight-only fare - automatically includes one small cabin bag measuring up to 45 x 36 x 20cm and weighing up to 7kgs. This should be an item such as a handbag, tote bag, laptop bag, briefcase or backpack that can fit under the seat in front you.
To make sure everyone can enjoy a comfortable and safe flight with us, it’s important to check the size and weight of your cabin bag before you travel.
If your cabin bag is too big or too heavy, it will need to travel in the aircraft hold and you will be charged the appropriate fee at the gate. You will need to remove any important items such medication or ID, as you won’t be able to access your bag again until you collect it from baggage reclaim on arrival.
Hold bags are not automatically included. When you purchase your flybe Lite fare, you can choose to add one of our bundles or you can just add bags to your booking:
Our flybe Smart bundle comes with 15kgs hold luggage. See our ticket types for more details.
The flybe Plus bundle comes with 23kgs hold baggage included, and as a bonus, you have the option to swap this for our Valet bag service at the airport free of charge.
Adding a bag
Simply add your extra hold bag while you’re making your initial booking.
|£15 / €18||15kg hold bag|
|£20 / €24||23kg hold bag|
|£20 / €24||12kg valet bag|
Our flybe Smart and flybe Plus bundles can only be added at the time of booking. However, if you’re planning to add just bags or seat selection individually, you can do so during your initial booking or any time afterwards, right up to before you check in. Simply add and pay for additional bags and seat selection online via Manage my booking.
Any passenger can purchase and carry up to two hold bags with the maximum combined weight of 40kgs.
If you’d like to carry a little more on your trip, but keep the convenience of a cabin bag, our time-saving Valet bag service is the perfect choice.
Valet bag allows you to leave and collect your bag from the aircraft steps which means you can skip baggage reclaim on arrival. And with Valet bag, you can also enjoy priority boarding.
On our flybe Lite and Smart fares, Valet bag is available to purchase as an extra.
And with our flybe Plus bundle, you can simply swap your hold bag for a Valet bag free of charge at the airport.
Your Valet bag can measure up to 56 x 45 x 25cm and weigh up to 12kgs.
How does Valet bag work?
When you arrive at the airport, head to the flybe check-in desk to get your bag weighed and tagged. You can then carry your Valet bag with you until you board your flight.
Because you’ll be carrying your bag through airport security, you will need to comply with
restrictions on liquids. This means any liquids in your bag must be in containers that hold no more than 100ml. They must be in a single, transparent, resealable plastic bag, which holds no more than a litre and measures approximately 20cm x 20cm. The contents must fit comfortably inside the plastic bag so it can be sealed.
Prior to boarding remove anything that you might need during the flight, such as ID, boarding passes or medication, and hand your Valet bag to our ground staff who will load your bag into the aircraft hold.
Once you’ve landed, your Valet bag will be offloaded and ready for you to collect as you disembark the aircraft, avoiding baggage reclaim and speeding up your journey through the airport.
Check your Valet bag size before you travel
All passengers with a Valet bag will need to go to the flybe check-in desk so the bag can be tagged and to check its size and weight. If your Valet bag is too big or too heavy, or if you have forgotten to visit flybe check-in to get the appropriate tag applied, your bag will need to travel as a regular hold bag instead. There will be no charge for this but you will need to collect your bag from baggage reclaim on arrival.
How do I book a Valet bag?
You can add a Valet bag to your booking via Manage my booking at any time up to one hour before your flight. Adding and paying for a Valet bag online is the easiest way to add more bags.
Excess baggage charges
If your hold baggage exceeds the weight purchased, we will apply an excess baggage charge at the airport. For example, if you purchase a 15kg bag, but it weighs 17kg when you present it at the airport, an additional charge will be applied at the rate of £10 per kg.
This applies to single bags weighing more than the amount purchased.
Pushchairs, travel cots & car seats
For each infant travelling on your booking, you can carry two pieces of equipment made up of either a pushchair, travel cot, and/or car seat free of charge. Your two items can have a combined weight of up to 23kgs.
When you arrive at the airport, please present your pushchair, travel cot and/or car seat to our friendly check-in desk staff, and they will make sure each item is correctly tagged and checked into the hold.
If you need to hang on to your pushchair or car seat until boarding, you can hand them over to the ground staff at the aircraft steps. They’ll be ready for you to collect again at the bottom of the steps as you disembark.
If no child or infant is travelling with these items, standard hold luggage charges will apply.
For guidance on cabin baggage allowance when travelling with children, check out our dedicated page here.
Wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, suits and kilts in carriers
If you’re flying with us for an important event that requires an extra special outfit, book your flight safe in the knowledge that we can welcome wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, suits and kilts onboard free of charge.
They can be carried onboard subject to size and weight. Please visit the flybe check in desk when you arrive at the airport so this can be assessed.
Alternatively, these items can be checked into the hold as part of your hold baggage allowance.
Please make sure your items are carefully packed in a garment bag to protect against any damage, and that they are covered by the appropriate travel insurance.
Kilt pins and sgian dubh, (the decorative knife which goes into the sock), must be packed into your hold luggage.
Can I bring my smart bag on a flybe flight?
Smart bags are allowed on flybe flights provided they comply with our smart baggage policy. In line with IATA regulations, the following restrictions apply:
Smart bags can be carried as hold luggage only, provided the lithium ion battery has been removed and is carried in the cabin with the battery terminals protected.
If the smart bag exceeds flybe’s cabin baggage size or weight limitations, and the battery is not removable, then the smart bag can’t be carried on a flybe flight.
You will need to present your smart bag at check-in so our staff can make sure it meets the regulations and tag it with the approved baggage tag.
Exceptional items & sports equipment
You can travel with the following items in addition to your existing hold luggage allowance. Each item will travel in the aircraft hold at a charge of £30 each way.
Can I book exceptional items in advance online?
Due to the size of the hold on our aircraft, there are limits to the number of exceptional items that we can guarantee on each flight. If space is available, you can book your Golf equipment and bicycles in advance on-line.
We do not permit the carriage of firearms or other sporting weapons.
Can I travel with a musical instrument?
Yes. Musical instruments are normally carried in the hold. It’s the customer’s responsibility to ensure the instrument is suitably packed and covered by adequate insurance.
Cellos can be carried in the cabin of the aircraft if an additional seat is purchased and they can be secured in the seat. Please call the Customer Contact Centre to book.
Small musical instruments can be carried as cabin baggage provided they do not exceed 100cm length x 35cm width x 20cm depth. This would be classed as one item of cabin baggage. If you wish to carry more, you would need to purchase hold luggage or a Valet bag. The instrument must be covered by appropriate insurance and be carried in a case that suitably protects it in the overhead lockers and in the hold should it need to be moved due to insufficient space in the cabin.
Any other musical instruments exceeding the size 100cm x 35cm x 20cm must travel in the hold, subject to standard hold baggage charges, including excesses. These instruments must be prepared and packaged appropriately and will be carried on a standby basis.
How to add golf clubs to your flight booking
While you’re making your initial online booking, you can select and pay for golf club carriage. These are subject to aircraft quota rules. If the quota on a flight has been reached, you won’t be able to add golf equipment to your booking.
We can accept one golf bag per passenger. Hooded golf bags can contain a maximum of:
One pair of golf shoes
14 golf clubs
12 golf balls.
If you have pre-booked your golf bag, but wish to cancel the carriage later, we are unable to offer a refund.
Delayed or damaged baggage
If you experience any loss, damage or delay to your baggage at the airport, please make your way directly to a flybe representative within the baggage reclaim area of Arrivals. We will do everything possible to trace your bag in the first instance. However, if your bag cannot be located within the airport, the flybe representative will start the baggage tracing process by creating a Property Irregularity Report (PIR).
Once your PIR has been created, the flybe representative will provide you with a 10-digit PIR reference number which you can use for any subsequent enquiries.
We would like to reassure you that once we’ve located your bag, we will deliver it to you wherever you’re staying or to your home address. Our appointed courier company will contact you directly to arrange the best delivery time for you.