Sunday, February 7, 2016

Saudi Airlines Baggage, Flight Check-in & Boarding Requirements (Updated)

Originally Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Required Check-in times for all flights departure from KSA airports
In order for Saudi Arabian Airlines to adhere to the scheduled departure times of its flights without any delay, it was decided that arrival times for passengers travelling from airports within Saudi Arabia, starting from 26 May 2013, will be in accordance to the following:
Domestic Flights* International Flights
  • Passengers must be at the airport 2 hours prior to the scheduled departure time.
  • Check-in will be closed 45 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.
  • Departure gates will be closed 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time.
  • Passengers must be at the airport 3 hours prior to the scheduled departure time.
  • Check-in will be closed 1 hour prior to the scheduled departure time.
  • Departure gates will be closed 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time.
*within Saudi Arabia
Source , For more information on your Saudia flights or to make a new reservation, please visit or call 920022222.

Baggage and Optional Fees

Free Baggage Allowance and Baggage Fees for flights within Saudi Arabia
  • Guest Class passengers are entitled to carry one piece of luggage weighing 25kg maximum.
  • First Class & Business Class passengers are entitled to carry two pieces of luggage, each weighing 25kg maximum.
  • All SAUDIA ALFURSAN (Gold/Silver) members and SkyTeam (Elite Plus / Elite) members are allowed to carry one extra piece not exceeding 25 kg.
If any piece of luggage weighs more than 25kg the passenger will be requested to redistribute the contents of the luggage in order for the total weight to fall within the limits. If the number of pieces of luggage exceeds the weight limit, the passenger will be requested to pay a fine of SR100 for each piece over the limit.
Similarly, if the number of pieces is over the limit but their total weight is within the limits, a SR100 fine will be applied to each piece.
Free Baggage Allowance and Baggage Fees for International flights



2 X

2 X

2 X

Middle East
Arabian Gulf

2 X

2 X

2 X

Number of pieces shown when issuing the ticket

Elite/ Elite Plus (Alfursan Silver/Gold)

+1 Extra

(For all classes)

Patient with Renal Failure**

+3 Extra 

 (For all classes)

 * All 6th freedom passengers from/to USA are allowed to carry 2 pieces for all classes.

Note: checked baggage on Saudia flights departing to USA stations (New York (JFK), Washington D.C. (IAD), Los Angeles (LAX)) and Canada (Toronto (YYZ)) from (Riyadh (RUH)) must be sealed using safe wrap prior to acceptance on the flight.

** Notes:
  • The patient should provide a copy of the medical report with the hospital stamp (MEDIF 935-6493). It should be approved by Saudia explaining that the passenger is a Renal Failure patient and signed by the specialized doctor.
  • Extra baggage isn’t granted in the following cases: flights operated by other airlines, SAUDIA PRIVATE AVIATION, NEGO, and Promotional Fares.
  • The patient to ensure that all of the solutions are packed in bags or special containers preventing liquid leakage and being put in easy held containers so that customer service agents at the airport can receive the baggage & accept it.
  • In case the passenger exceeds the number of free baggage allowed, then the rest is being dealt with as excess baggage (fees are applied)

Pieces / weight on free baggage allowance:

  • When issuing an international ticket on First/Business classes, free baggage allowance should be (2PCs) and should not exceed 32 kg.
  • When issuing an international ticket on economy classes, and free baggage allowance shown in the ticket as (1PC) , this piece should not exceed 32 kg.
  • When issuing an international ticket on economy classes, and free baggage allowance shown in the ticket as (2PCs) , the piece should not exceed 23 kg. an extra $60 CAD/USD should be charged as extra allowance on checked-in bags if over 23 kg up to 32 kg.
  • Free baggage allowance for infant is 10 kg.
  • SV Gold/Silver Fursan & SkyTeam Elite/Elite Plus members will be allowed to carry one extra bag with 23 kg max.

Baggage Dimensions
    • The standard dimensions for all bags from/to USA and Canada should not exceed 62 inch or 157 cm.

    • The standard dimensions for all bags to other destinations except USA and Canada should not exceed 81 inch or 205 cm.
Excess Baggage Charges

USA EU UK Arabian
Asia Africa Guangzhou
To Saudi
- $150 $150 $150 $130 $130 $130 $130 $350
USA $150 - - - $230 $230 $230 $230 $480
EU $130 - - - $230 $230 $230 $230 $480
UK $150 - - - $230 $230 $230 $230 $480
$130 $240 $220 $250 $190 $190 $190 $190 $440
$130 $240 $220 $250 $190 $190 $190 $190 $480
Asia $130 $240 $220 $250 $190 $190 - $190 $440
Africa $130 $240 $220 $250 $190 $190 $190 - $440
$130 $240 $220 $260 $200 $200 - $200 -

  • Excess baggage piece should not exceed 23KG and within the Standard Dimension.
  • An additional $60 will be charged if over 23KG up to 32KG.
  • An additional $100 will be charged if the piece is over the Standard Maximum Weight (32KG) to be ($60 + $100) for each piece.
  • An additional $100 will be charged if the piece is over the Standard Dimensions.
  • All tickets issued before 1st September, 2012 with Weight Concept will be accepted as is for free allowance.
  • All fees will be collected with local currencies or its equivalent.

Pre-Paid online Excess Baggage Charges
Now you can purchase additional baggage for your trip for certain destinations through our website by using your credit card and get a discounted rate of 20%.
In case of purchasing an additional baggage, a voucher will be issued for each additional bag noting the following will apply:
  • The validity of the voucher is for one year from the date of issuance
  • Extra baggage vouchers refund, re-issuance and re-routing are not allowed.
  • In the event of no show, the guest will lose full value of the extra baggage voucher.

Unchecked Baggage (Carry-On Baggage) Allowance

Cabin baggage
In addition to the free baggage allowance, Saudi Airlines may allow each passenger to carry hand baggage under his supervision and on free basis to be placed in closed overhead rack or under the seat in front of the passenger and cabin baggage tag should be labeled on it according to the following:
Class Of Service Hand Baggage Allowance No. Of
Description Wight

First Business

One Hand/Pull bag.


Garment bag

Total Dimension
Not to Exceed:
56 X 45 X 25 (126 cm)
(22x18 x10) (50 inches)

11 cm (4 inches) for
thickness when not folded.

9 Kgs

First Business

Plus one Briefcase

Total Dimension
Not to exceed:-
45 X 20 X 35 (100 cm)
18 X 8X 14 (40 Inches).


One Hand / Pull bag

Total Dimension
Not to Exceed
56 X 45 X 25 (126 cm)
(22 X 18 X 10) (50 Inches).

7 Kgs


  • For passengers departing from USA/Canada to Saudi Arabia only one carry-on baggage in all class of services not to exceed ( 16 pounds in weight and 45 inches in dimensions ).
  • Saudi Arabian airline retains the sole discretion to determine, for purpose of the safety, the security or the comfort of other passengers(such as food &beverages) , whether any item of the baggage will be permitted in the cabin or carried as checked baggage.
  • Check-in agent should notify the passenger connecting on SAUDIA that the free carry-on baggage may not be accepted at the connecting stations due to variation of aircraft types and in-sufficiency of over head racks.

Free Carry-On Items
Items carried free of charge in passenger’s custody and under his responsibility without a carry-on baggage tag affixed to it are the following:

Passenger Category Description Of Items Carried Free Quantity

All Passengers
An Overcoat or Wrap. 1
An Umbrella or a pair of Crutches. 1
A pair of binoculars.
A small camera.
Ladies hand bag, pocket book or purse for the ordinary use only otherwise will be considered as checked baggage.
A reasonable supply of reading material for the flight.

Infants food for consumption in-flight . -
An infant carrying basket.
A fully collapsible baby trolley carriage or seat which could be stowed in the cabin or in the lower cargo compartments.

A fully collapsible wheel chair or any other device necessary for the passenger or can be loaded in passenger cabin or cargo compartment (aircraft holds).
Other walking aids items. 1

* Notes:
  • For security purposes all carry-on baggage will be checked by security officers for flights arriving and departing to/from USA and UK including all electronic devices (as Smart phones, Cameras, Laptops, I pads, smart watches ...etc.) Passengers will be asked to power up their devices at airport security. Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft or confiscated.
  • For all passengers who are traveling to/from USA and UK, it is necessary to charge their devices to avoid being banned by the airport security from carrying their baggage or electronic devices onboard the aircraft. 
  • Also, that Saudia doesn’t provide lockers for those devises and isn’t responsible in case of loss.

Excess Baggage with conditions or limitations

In the case where the passenger needs to carry luggage weighing more than 32 kg, and can not be separated into pieces (such as musical instruments / sports tools / medical equipment ... etc.), the passenger must notify Saudi Arabian Airlines in advance to take the necessary arrangements for the luggage to be transferred.

The banned carriage of substances among the luggage

For safety reasons Saudi Arabian Airlines prohibits carrying hazardous materials on its flights such as:

  • Firearms, ammunition, swords, and knives.
  • Explosives, incendiary materials, flammable, toxic substances, and compressed gases.

For flights departing from or to the United States of America, Canada, and the European Union countries, there are additional security measures prohibiting the carriage of certain materials within the hand luggage in accordance with the following:

  • All liquid materials, gels, toothpaste, liquid cosmetics, and perfumes.
  • Cigarette lighters in both hand baggage and inspected luggage.

> In accordance with instructions received from Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), the following items are not allowed absolutely in checked-in baggage, otherwise the checked-in baggage will be liable and held for search and remove the items by the airport security:
a) Prohibited items in checked-in baggage, such as :
      • Lighters/ Lithium battery/Flammable Items.
      • Mobiles , Notebook, Backup power, Power pack, Power case , Radio-controlled toy ,or any Rechargeable Items, Nail Polish , Mouse etc).
b) Allowable items in carry-on baggage, such as:
      • Mobiles , Notebook, Backup power, Power pack, Power case , Radio-controlled toy and Nail polish etc.
      • The items are allowed in hand carry bags with maximum of 2 pieces only.
c) Prohibited items in checked-in & carry on baggage, such as :
      • Flammable items , e.g. lighter, Match, compressed gas etc.
      • Detonators, electrical sticks and similar articles.

Optional Services
Saudi Arabian Airlines is pleased to offer the following services at no cost to our passengers:

  1. Meals and beverages in all cabin classes (please note only non-alcoholic beverages are served).
  2. Blankets and pillows, headsets for viewing movies, sleeping blinds (subject to availability).
  3. In-flight Entertainment – music, movies and video programs.
  4. Reading materials including newspapers and magazines (subject to availability).
  5. Advanced seat selection (where available).
  6. Overnight amenity kits for all classes.
  7. Toys and complementary items for children (subject to availability).

More details are available on the appropriate sections of the web site.
Special Services
Saudi Arabian Airlines also offers the following special services to our passengers, subject to prior arrangements. Please check the appropriate sections on our website for more details:

  1. Special Assistance, including Special Meals, Medical Assistance, Unaccompanied Children and Carriage of Pets and Falcons.
  2. Special Travel Needs, including medical devices (free medical oxygen) , wheelchairs and wheelchair assistance, assistance to the visually-impaired (including menus and safety cards in Braille), assistance to the hearing-impaired and others.

Saudi Arabian Airlines exerts all efforts to assist our passengers who are travelling with disabilities, the elderly, children and families traveling together and other passengers with special needs.
Source , For more information on your Saudia flights or to make a new reservation, please visit or call 920022222.

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