Hand Baggage

Air Malta’s hand baggage policy review comes into effect Sunday 10th February 2019.

In order to simplify boarding procedures, eliminate any risk of flight delays and for the safety and fairness of all our guests, Air Malta adopts the below hand baggage policy.

In the case of a flight being full or nearly full, only the first 100 pieces of hand baggage (in the case of an A320 except A320neo) or the first 80 (on an A319 and A320neo) at the gate will be permitted in the cabin, due to limited space. Each bag needs to be in line with our hand baggage policy conforming with stipulated weight and dimensions to fit in the aircraft’s overhead lockers.

New measurements of our hand baggage effective 10th February 2019 are:


We remind all our guests that the main hand baggage should not exceed 10kg in weight. The hand baggage needs to fit our baggage sizers located at all airports.

After the first 100 pieces of hand baggage (in the case of an A320 except A320neo) or the first 80 (on an A319 and A320neo) are placed in the cabin, all the other remaining hand baggage will be placed in the aircraft hold, free of charge, given they also meet approved weight and dimensions as explained above. We encourage guests who wish to keep their hand baggage with them, especially due to tight connecting flights, to queue for boarding at their earliest convenience.

One additional piece of hand baggage weighing not more than 2kgs like camera bags, small umbrellas, netbook/tablet cases and purses which do not exceed 40x30x15cm (ensuring they fit easily under the seat in front) may still be brought on board.

Hand baggage beyond the maximum weight and dimensions or second pieces (e.g. large handbags, backpacks, second hand baggage etc) will be subject to a charge of €80 per bag at check-in or at the departure gate. Charges at the gate must be paid by credit card.

Guests whose baggage is placed in the hold should remove any valuables, medicines, electronic equipment, spare batteries, e-cigarettes, or any other item they might need during the flight. For security reasons guests are also invited to lock the bag before handing it to our ground staff.

This policy applies to all our guests with an Economy ticket on all Air Malta flights, for both outbound and inbound travel.

Business Class ticket holders, Flypass Diamond & Permanent members and families travelling with young children are offered priority boarding.


What you can take with you on the flight

Find out which Air Malta hand baggage you may take on board with you. If you are travelling with hand baggage only, check in online and save time from queuing at the airport!

How much can you bring?

Just as with checked-in baggage, the amount of Air Malta hand baggage you can take with you will depend on the travel class of your ticket.

Travel Class 
Maximum Dimensions 
Maximum Weight allowed 
Smart Business and Business Freedom
2 pieces of hand baggage: 40x55x25cms each
2 pieces x 15 kg total weight per person (1 piece x 10kg max) // Infants not entitled to hand baggage
Just Business and Business upgrades
1 piece of hand baggage: 40x55x25cms and 1 small bag 40x30x15cms
1 piece x 10 kg per person plus a small bag not weighing more than 2 kgs // Infants not entitled to hand baggage
 Go Light, Go Smart and Go Flex
1 piece of hand baggage: 40x55x25cms and 1 small bag 40x30x15cms 1 piece x 10 kg per person plus a small bag not weighing more than 2 kgs // Infants not entitled to hand baggage.

As long as your Air Malta hand baggage complies with the above, it can be in any form, whether it is a backpack, shoulder bag, or a small rolling suitcase. Please note that you must be able to place and retrieve the item of baggage safely in the overhead lockers without assistance.

Any hand baggage exceeding these dimensions will not be accepted as hand baggage, and will count towards your checked-in baggage allowance. If you are unsure, check at the Bag Drop desk before going through security, where you will be advised if fees are applicable.

Other items you can take on board

Apart from the allowed weight for hand baggage, you are not allowed to take anything else onboard other than a bag with duty free items. Cameras, small umbrellas, netbook/tablet cases and purses must be part of the 2Kg entitlement for the additional hand baggage. 

To learn more about carriage of items such as equipment for children and musical instruments in the cabin, please visit the  special baggage section.

What’s not allowed as hand baggage?

Due to international regulations, there are some restrictions on what you can pack in your hand baggage. For instance, carrying ammunition and firearms in hand baggage is strictly not permitted. 

If you wish to review our baggage policies, please visit the Baggage Restrictions category here




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