Ethiopian allows cabin and check in baggage free of cost. Allowance is dependent on booking class of service, Sheba Miles membership status and route of travel. Unlike some other African carriers which only have piece-based system of allowance, Ethiopian has both weight and piece based systems of luggage allowance.
Check in Baggage
For Economy class travelers, one check in bag shall not weigh more than 23 kg and for Business Class travelers, it shall not weigh more than 32 kg. Business class is called Cloud Nine. Every check in bag shall not be more than 158 cm in dimensions.
Flights to/from US: If you have booked tickets on Ethiopian and the flight is also operated by Ethiopian, then first and second bag is free for both Economy and Cloud Nine travel classes. 2 bags of 23 kg each is allowance for Economy and 2 bags of 32 kg each is allowance for Cloud Nine.
ShebaMiles Gold and Silver members as well as Star Alliance Gold members are allowed one additional baggage besides free allowance depending on the class of their travel. For ShebaMiles Silver members, max weight of additional bag is 23 kg whereas for ShebaMiles Gold and Star Alliance Gold members it is 32 kg.
If the passengers still want to carry more to USA, then USD 150 per bag would be the fee while travelling from/to Addis Ababa, Dar es Salaam, Entebbe, Juba, Harare, Djibouti, Kigali, Kilimanjaro, Khartoum and Bujumbura. From/to all other points, the charges are USD 200 per bag.
Interline or Codeshare flights to/from US: You have to check the first airline operating your flight and its baggage allowance policy would be applicable on whole route.
Where the weight concept of baggage applies, ShebaMiles Gold and Star Alliance Gold members are allowed 20 kg in addition to free allowance. ShebaMiles Silver members are allowed 15 kg more.
Infants are allowed 10 kg check in allowance and a pushchair/stroller (fully collapsible) on non-USA/Canada flights. On US/Canada flight, infant is also allowed 1 check in bag of 23 kg if 10% of applicable fare is paid but seat will not be provided for infant. Infant bag shall not exceed 115 cm dimensions.
Ethiopian allows carriage of 1 bag of 7 kg for economy class and 2 bags of 8 kg each for business class (Cloud Nine). Sum of dimensions shall not exceed 55, 40 and 23 cms for 1 cabin bag.
In addition to the above allowance, passengers are allowed to carry the following personal items in luggage provided total weight does not exceed 5 kg per person. These items are lady handbag, laptop, overcoat or wrap, small camera, binoculars, infant food for consumption during flight and infant carrying basket. Passengers can carry more than 1 such personal item if weight does not exceed 5 kgs.
If wheelchair, crutches, braces or other prosthetic devices are to be carried over and above these 5 kgs, it is allowed free of cost.
Excess Baggage Charges
For flights which do not involve USA/Canada in itinerary, there is a fee to be paid for carrying sports equipment even if these are within free allowance. This fee is applicable for kites, Scuba, Angling or Diving equipment, Vaulting Poles, Bicycles, Jet skis, Wind surfing, Hand Gliding, Canoes and Kayaks, Golfing and Snow Skiing equipment.
Flights from Washington to Addis Ababa and beyond:
USD 210 for additional pcs weight more than 23 but less than 32 kg between Addis Ababa and Washington.
Flights from Toronto to Addis Ababa and West African Nations: CAD 150 for each additional baggage upto 23 kg. For weight more than 23 kg but less than 32 kg in economy class, CAD 60 per bag applicable. For other destinations in Africa, CAD 200 will be applicable for both additional luggage as well as weight more than 23 kg but less than 32 kg.
From Toronto to Asian destinations: CAD 250 for extra pcs of 23 kg and CAD 100 for every such bag which weighs more than 23 kg but less than 32 kg.
Other important points to remember
Liquids more than 85 ml not allowed in cabin. If cabin baggage weight and size limits are crossed, this has to be checked-in.
For travel to/from USA, any money or instrument of more than USD 10000 has to be declared at the Customs.
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