UK based operator Airport Parking & Hotels has published the findings of its research on the various charges implemented by airlines for hand baggage allowances.
The study compares the allowances given by 25 major airlines including Virgin Atlantic, Aer Lingus and British Airways – as well as carrier’s that have recently changed their policy, including easyJet and Monarch.
Around half the airlines allowed two pieces of hand luggage onboard, while the remainder – including the likes of easyJet and Ryanair – restricted passengers to one piece.
British Airways proved to be the most generous airline in terms of its weight allowance (23kg) while the least was Monarch who only allowed 5kg.
In terms of size restrictions, the airlines differed hugely. With some putting no weight restrictions but issuing size guidelines, others offered weight and no size restrictions while others had both in place.
The report also highlighted other rules including that passengers would need to book an extra seat for instruments larger than a violin (Ryanair and Qantas).
The survey is available here.