Last updated: 02/07/2014
Hold baggage is the luggage you check-in to be carried in the aircraft's hold. This usually includes larger items such as suitcases or rucksacks, but the term also applies to sports equipment and musical instruments.
Basically, anything too large to be carried on the cabin as hand luggage has to be checked in as hold baggage.
Each individual item of hold luggage should not exceed total dimensions of 275cm (length + width + height), except for sporting and medical equipment.
Standard hold baggage allowance is 20kg per bag. Minimum of 1 hold bag per passenger is required to trigger the baggage allowance of 20kg.
For a fee, you can put one bag in the hold weighing up to 20kg. The fee can be paid in one of three ways:
online (£11 - £21 per bag per flight, depending on the route and flight period)
via call centre (£11 - £21 per bag per flight, depending on the route and flight period)
or at the airport where the fee is £30 at the check-in and £45 at the gate.
Please note that no single piece of hold baggage can weigh more than 32kg, due to health and safety restrictions.