The price of a ticket includes the transportation of a certain amount of baggage in the cargo hold of the aircraft. This allowance differs depending on the booking class and the destination.

 Free baggage allowance on all other international routes and within Ethiopia

On Ethiopian free baggage allowance is set by the weight or piece concept whichever is applicable to the sector.

 Local restrictions on baggage weight

Please note that the maximum weight limit per single baggage is 32 kg for business class and 23 kg for economy class on all flights across the Atlantic (outbound and return, as well as transfers). Baggage exceeding this weight limit will not be accepted for check- in.

This regulation does not change the maximum weight limit for the free baggage allowance.

 Baggage Allowance & Fees for flight to/from the US

For Ethiopian-ticketed passengers on Ethiopian-operated flights (ET) the first and second checked bag in Cloud Nine and Economy is free. For ShebaMiles Gold, ShebaMiles Silver and Star Gold passengers, the first checked bag above the complimentary (free) checked bag allowance shown above is also free of charge. (23 kg (50 lbs)/158 cm (62 inches) max. each in Economy; 32 kg (70 lbs)/158 cm (62 inches) max. each in Cloud Nine).

In Cloud Nine and Economy, including ShebaMiles Gold, ShebaMiles Silver and Star Gold passengers, the fee for any additional checked bags beyond the complementary specified above is $150/bag each way between the USA and Addis Ababa, Bujumbura, Dar es salaam, Entebbe, Djibouti, Kilimanjaro, Juba, Harare, Kigali, Khartoum, and for other African points that are not mentioned here the fee is USD200.00/bag each way. Please review Ethiopian Carry-On for Carry-on bag size and weight information clicking the link below:

Cabin Carry-On Luggage

Additional baggage fees may apply in the event of a stopover on an international itinerary.

 Codeshare/International flights exceptions

For travel to/from, with US, on an interline itinerary, additional airline fees for baggage may apply. Please refer to the website of the airline operating the first flight segment of your interline itinerary in your electronic ticket confirmation. If the first number in the itinerary starts with

Airline Operating the flight

Website link
AA (American Airlines) Baggage service charges
AC (Air Canada) Baggage Guide
AI (Air India) Checked Baggage Allowances
CA (Air China) Baggage Information - Checked baggage
KP (Asky) Practical Information - Luggage - Checked Baggage
KU (Kuwait Airways) Baggage Services - Free Baggage
LH (Lufthansa) Free baggage rules on Lufthansa
LY (EL AL Israel) Baggage Allowance on El AL Aircraft
MH (Malaysia Airlines) Checked Baggage Allowances
MS (Egypt Air) Baggage Allowance
NH (All Nippon Airways) International baggage rule
OS (Austrian Airlines) Free baggage allowance
OZ (Asiana Airlines) Free Baggage
SA (South African Airways) Checked baggage policy
SK (Scandinavian Airlines) Checked Baggage
SQ (Singapore Airlines) Checked baggage allowances
TK (Turkish Airlines) Free baggage allowance
TM (Lam Linhas Aereas) Checked Luggage
TP (TAP Portugal) Baggage Allowance Information
UA (United Airlines) Checked Baggage
US (US Airways) Baggage policies - Checked baggage
WB (Rwandair Express) Baggage - Free Baggage - Checked Baggage
WY (Oman Air) Baggage Services - Free Baggage Allowance
ZH (Shenzhen Airlines) Checked Baggage

 Free baggage allowance on long-haul flights

For numerous long-haul flights the Piece Concept applies. This means that adult passenger may check in up to two pieces of baggage in addition to his carry-on baggage free of charge. Please check the chart below for the allowed weights per piece.


Cloud Nine


Across Atlantic from to U.S.A. 
2 pieces, 32 kg each
2 pieces, 23 kg each

 Additional free baggage allowance for Sheba Miles Gold & Silver and Star Alliance Gold Members

  1. When weight system is used, ShebaMiles Gold members and Star Alliance Gold members will receive 20 kgs in addition to the free baggage allowance. ShebaMiles Silver members will receive 15 kgs in addition to the free baggage allowance.
  2. When piece system is used, ShebaMiles Gold members and Star Alliance Gold members are entitled to one (1) extra additional baggage allowance with weight limited to the class of service used. ShebaMiles Silver members are entitled to one (1) extra additional baggage allowance with weight limited to 23 kgs.

 Transportation of pushchairs, wheelchairs or walking aids

  1. Special equipments required by incapacitated passengers with the passenger, and/or should be readily and immediately attainable at transfer and destination points.
  2. Passengers traveling with their own folding wheelchair or assistive device may request it to be carried in the passenger cabin where storage facilities are available. Such request will be handled on a ‘first come first served’ basis. Where such facilities do not exist, the wheelchair or assistive device will be loaded in the baggage hold where it is easily accessible for timely return to the passenger.
  3. If crutches, canes and similar walking aids are stored in a special location in the cabin, the user of such aids should be assigned seats nearby, to permit quick access to the aids when needed.

 Especially large and heavy pieces of baggage

  1. Baggage will be accepted for check-in, only if it properly contains and prevents damage to the contents. Light cardboard boxes, paper bags and similar non-durable materials are not acceptable. If the passenger so insists, it shall be accepted upon using Limited Release Tags, relieving Ethiopian from any damage claim.
  2. Acceptance of items which may cause damage to other baggage will be refused unless properly packed.
  3. Extremely bulky and oversized bags shall be forwarded by freight.

 Free baggage allowance for an infant

A. For All Ethiopian flights except to/from the US and Canada 

An infant, not entitled to a seat is allowed to 10kgs of free baggage allowance and in addition one fully collapsible stroller/push chair, which may be carried in the passenger cabin subject to availability of space.

B. For flight to/from the US and Canada
    Infant, paying 10% of the applicable fare and not occupying seat is entitled to one checked bag (piece) weighing 23kgs(50 lb),the sum       of  the 3 dimensions of which does not exceed 45 inches (115cms) plus one fully collapsible / pushchair, which may be carried in the         passenger cabin subject to availability of space.
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