Bikes on Planes


The evolution of low cost airlines has lead some companies to charge customers for anything extra and, set more stringent rules customers hence, transportation of bikes on planes is generally getting harder or more expensive.

What we aim to do on this page is to give you latest view each airline has on bikes.  At any one time we expect this data to be out of date and so we have provided links for you to check the latest details. These files were updated on 19/7/11.
Easyjet

Update 20/4/14

Bicycles are permitted for carriage provided that specific criteria is met:
  • The bicycle must be packaged in a bicycle box or bag
  • Only one bicycle per box/bag is permitted
  • No other items can be carried in the bicycle box/bag (i.e. clothing)
  • The handlebars must be flush with the frame.
  • Pedals must be removed or flush against the frame

Bicycles with hydraulic suspensions or brake systems will be accepted.

Booked at the time of the main booking is far cheaper than later on.

  • Booked at the time £35 per flight
  • Booked late £45 per flight
Jet2.com

We offer a specialist service for equipment carriage, so you can bring your own bicycles, golf clubs, and skis, as well as surfboards and even musical instruments.

Pre-book our equipment carriage from just £25. With such low prices, it’s even better value than hiring when you’re abroad!

- See more at: http://www.jet2.com/extras/sports-equipment#sthash.YovHCEu8.dpuf

We offer a specialist service for equipment carriage, so you can bring your own bicycles, golf clubs, and skis, as well as surfboards and even musical instruments.

Pre-book our equipment carriage from just £25. With such low prices, it’s even better value than hiring when you’re abroad!

- See more at: http://www.jet2.com/extras/sports-equipment#sthash.YovHCEu8.dpuf

Jet2 Com offer a specialist service for bike carriage, pre book for just £25 per flight.

Pre-book our equipment carriage from just £25. With such low prices, it’s even better value than hiring when you’re abroad!

- See more at: http://www.jet2.com/extras/sports-equipment#sthash.YovHCEu8.dpuf

We offer a specialist service for equipment carriage, so you can bring your own bicycles, golf clubs, and skis, as well as surfboards and even musical instruments.

Pre-book our equipment carriage from just £25. With such low prices, it’s even better value than hiring when you’re abroad!

- See more at: http://www.jet2.com/extras/sports-equipment#sthash.YovHCEu8.dpuf

Bicycles must be wrapped in stiff cardboard with the pedals off and the handlebars turned in line with the frame. Tyres must also be partially deflated.

Eastern

Airways

(Nov 11). Subject to notification, bicycles can on some occasions (depending on aircraft type used) be accepted provided that:

a) The front wheel is removed and attached securely to the remainder of the machine.

b) The handlebars are rotated so that they are parallel to the frame.

c) The pedals are either removed or folded inwards.

d) Any sharp projections or dirty assemblies (such as chain) must be wrapped so as to prevent damage to baggage or the aircraft.

e) Applicable excess baggage charges payable.

Please check if acceptable with our customer contact centre on 08703 669 100 (outside the UK please dial: +44 (0)1652 680 600).

Flybe

Exceptional items may be carried at a charge of £30 (€37, 50 CHF) per exceptional item per sector. Carriage is subject to space and weight and not as part of the personal allowance. Charge is applied regardless of any other baggage allowance.

We accept the carriage of bicycles on a stand-by basis only. Carriage will thus only take place if there is sufficient space available in the hold.
Please note that your bicycle must be prepared as follows:
  • Handlebars must be turned and locked in line with the frame.
  • Pedals must be removed or turned inwards.
  • The front wheel must be removed and securely attached to the frame.
  • The tyres must be fully deflated.
  • The bicycle should then be bagged or boxed if possible.
BMI Regional

Update 20/4/14

Bicycles should be properly packed into a box. Following these guidelines:

  • Handlebars must be fixed sideways in line with the crossbar
  • Pedals must be turned inwards or removed
  • Front wheel must be removed and fixed to rear wheel
  • Tyres do not have to be deflated for carriage

Economy; £30/€45 fixed fee, per max 20kg item (or less), per sector regardless of weight allowance. Any item between 21-32kg will be charged an additional fixed fee of £30/€45 per sector.

Monarch

Scheduled Flights

  • £19.99 (GBP) / €24,99 (EUR) per set, per sector when you pre-book.
  • £25.00 (GBP) / €31.00 (EUR) per set, per sector if paid at airport.
  • Please make every effort to protect your bicycle - we recommend the use of a bicycle bag with padding for added protection. Handlebars must be turned inwards, pedals removed or turned inwards, tyres deflated and the bicycle must be wrapped in plastic or cardboard. Maximum weight of 20kg per bike.

Charter Flights

  • £25.00 (GBP) / €31.00 (EUR) per set, per sector if paid at airport.
  • Pre-book online or over the phone & save £6.50 / €7.50 on the pay at check-in price.
  • Please make every effort to protect your bicycle - we recommend the use of a bicycle bag with padding for added protection. Handlebars must be turned inwards, pedals removed or turned inwards, tyres deflated and the bicycle must be wrapped in plastic or cardboard. Maximum weight is 20kg per bike.
  • To reserve a space within the aircraft hold for your equipment, you need to pre-book your item. Our aircraft hold space is limited and we have a restriction on the amount of equipment that we can accommodate. If you do not pre-book, we will only accept your equipment if there is sufficient room in the aircraft hold and you will have to pay the appropriate fee at the airport.
Ryanair

Update 20/4/14

Bikes (bikes have a weight limit of 30 kilos) are inherently unsuitable for carriage by airlines operating fast turnarounds such as Ryanair. However, these items may be carried in the hold of the aircraft in addition to your personal checked baggage allowance up to a limit of 20 kilos per item upon payment of a discounted online fee of £50 per item, per one way flight. If the item is purchased at the airport or through a Ryanair call centre a higher fee of £60 per item/per one way flight will apply). Any sporting and musical item weighing over the 20 kilos allowance will be charged for the excess at the applicable excess baggage rate per kilo.

Bicycles - MUST be contained in a protective box or bag.

KLM

Within the standard amount of baggage, you can take a bicycle weighing up to 23 kg/50 lbs as check-in baggage.

The best way to transport your bicycle is in a suitable packaging or in a bicycle box. Make sure that the handlebars are turned parallel with the frame and that the pedals and other protruding parts have been removed. A bicycle box costs EUR 20.00 and is available at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

You can take your bicycle or tandem with you in suitable packaging or a bike box. The handlebars should be turned lengthways along the frame, pedals and other protruding parts should be removed, and tyre pressures should be reduced. Special KLM bike boxes are available at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for EUR 20 each (170 x 23 x 100 cm – 66.5 x 9 x 39 inches). The KLM bike box weighs 3.5 kg (7.7 lbs). On small aircraft types it may not be possible to bring a tandem.

Always make a reservation for your special baggage at least 48 hours before departure, and ensure your reservation is confirmed. On small aircraft types it may not be possible to bring a tandem.

A bike counts as a single piece of baggage. You only pay an excess baggage fee if you take your bicycle on top of your standard baggage allowance, and/or if it weighs more than 23 kg (50.5 lbs).

For a tandem you will need to pay a special baggage fee.

BA

Update 20/4/14

There is no additional allowance for sporting equipment, but it can be carried free of charge as part of your free checked baggage allowance. If the total number of bags is more than your free checked allowance, you will need to pay extra bag charges.

We will accept non-motorised bicycles up to 190cm (75in) in length, provided they are packed in a recognised bicycle bag.

Please ensure that you:

  • pack the bike in a protective case or bag
  • remove the pedals or fix them inwards
  • fix the handlebars sideways
  • deflate the tyres to reduce the risk of damage
Thomsonfly

Avoid hassle at the airport by making sure your sports gear is taken care of before you go. You can book in everything from skis and golf clubs to bikes and watersports equipment.

You can take sports equipment on your flight with us, providing you contact us on on 0871 231 4787 (calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras) and pre-book the carriage of these items. Space in our aircraft is limited, so if you do not pre-book carriage, we may refuse carriage of these items.

Short & Mid haul - £30 return

Long haul - £60 return

Please note that if you are travelling on a package holiday booked through Thomson (flying with the Thomson Airways airline), then you must book carriage of your sports equipment 2 - 3 months before departure. Please also check your confirmation email or ticket reference - if your flight reference number is all digits (no letters), you will also be required to pre-book your sports equipment 2 - 3 months prior to departure.

We recommend that you insure your sports equipment for its replacement value. Please make sure your sports equipment is securely packed - we recommend that zipper type compartments are padlocked. If you are taking a bicycle, we recommend the use of a bicycle bag with padding for added protection. Handlebars must be turned inwards, pedals removed, tyres deflated and the bicycle must be wrapped in plastic or cardboard.

Swiss Air

Update 20/4/14

They are happy to transport your bike at no extra charge, provided that you do not exceed your baggage allowance. You will only be charged extra fees if you want to transport more items of luggage than those included in your allowance, or if your luggage is heavier or larger than the standard allowance. Which I think means not free but as below. You read the details by clicking on Swiss Air

CHF 60 inside Europe and CHF 120 for international flights

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