Qantas Changing Its Domestic Carry-on Baggage Allowance

Qantas is changing its cabin baggage policy on domestic flights following feedback from frequent flyers who said, according to the airline, they would like to have more choice in how they use the existing 14 kilogram allowance.

From 25 March 2019, Qantas customers will continue to be able to bring 14 kilograms on board, but will be permitted to have one item weigh up to 10 kilograms. Previously the domestic cabin allowance included two bags that could each only weigh up to 7 kilograms.

“Qantas’ domestic baggage allowance is already very generous”, says The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

“The new aggregate allowance is a common-sense approach to cabin baggage, but it’s important to remember that carry-on items still need to conform to current size restrictions. So, yes, one item can be a few kilos heavier, but it still needs to fit into the overhead bins”, adds Hosper.

Additionally, passengers will continue to be responsible for lifting their carry-on baggage into overhead compartments.

“As travellers on short business trips or weekends away typically travel with one carry-on bag plus a small personal item, the extra few kilos permitted in one item will, I’m sure, alleviate ‘packing anxiety’, and make the airport and travel experience for the carry-on crowd even smoother”, says Hosper.

The cabin baggage allowance on domestic QantasLink Dash 8 turboprop services will not change and remains at one piece weighing 7 kilograms  for those smaller aircraft.

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Emirates Network And Baggage Changes

A couple of recent updates from Emirates have flagged a number of changes to the airline’s operations that will affect passengers travelling to-and-from Australia:

  • Flight suspensions
  • Baggage allowance changes

As one of the largest airlines in the world, Emirates regularly updates its flight schedules, and this year it has done so to minimise the impact of the closure of Dubai International Airport’s Southern Runway in April-May 2019, and to respond to global travel demand trends.

“The changes we are implementing to our network schedules in 2019 are in line with this approach, taking into consideration global market dynamics and operational limitations including the maintenance work on Dubai Airport’s Southern Runway. Through the year, we will continue to keep a close watch on global markets and will maintain our flexibility to optimise the usage of our aircraft assets”, said Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline.

The changes?

  1. Emirates will suspend flights EK 418/419 between Bangkok and Sydney from 01 June 2019. Emirates will continue to serve Sydney with three non-stop flights a day to Dubai.
  2. Effective 31 March 2019, Emirates will suspend EK 424/425 and serve Perth with a once daily Airbus A380 non-stop service from Dubai.


Emirates has also announced a reduction in baggage allowances for ‘Special’ and ‘Saver’ fare types in Economy Class effective 04 FEBRUARY 2019. The changes are part of what the airline describes as a move away from a ‘one size fits all’ approach to airfares and inclusions.

The table below shows how the changes will be affect journeys between Australia and Europe via Dubai.

Journeys between Dubai and North America, where luggage allowances are determined on a ‘piece’ (not weight) basis are affected differently. These changes are illustrated below.

Free baggage allowance is dependent on the fare brand selected and can vary on inbound and outbound part of the journey. This information will clearly be shown on the customer flight ticket.

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