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Special Baggage

New policy for tickets issued as of May 1, 2011

Sport equipments within a maximum of 23 Kgs. are considered checked-in baggage, and for this reason they are included in the baggage allowance. If they exceed the allowance, they can be checked-in with the payment of an extra charge, with the exclusion of items shown in the table below. 

We remind you that excess charge rates have to be considered per single flight segment and with the following currencies: EUR or equivalent from Europe, East Europe, Japan and China; CAD or equivalent from Canada; USD from USA and Rest of the World*.

ItalyEurope, East Europe, North AfricaMiddle EastJapan and ChinaCanada, South America, Central Africa
Surf, Windsurf (200-300 cm), Tandem bicycles7575200200200


For tickets issued until April 30, 2011 click here and read the baggage policy.
For tickets issued within August 31, 2010 click here and read the baggage policy.



Policy for tickets from/to USA/ Mexico issued as of January 24, 2012:

from US to Rest of the worldfrom Rest of the world to US
Surf, Windsurf (200-300 cm), Tandem bicycles260200


For tickets issued until January 23, 2012 click here and read the baggage policy.


* For countries whose currency is USD the same fee of flights originating US applies.

Code share flights

Please note that for code share flights is applied the baggage policy of the operating company partner over the entire flight, if the flight is operated entirely by the partner.
To know the baggage rules in case of connecting flights operated by different carriers please visit our Customer Center.
For flights from/to USA is applied the policy of the marketing carrier company, whose code is shown on the ticket.
If applicable according to the above rules, check the baggage policy of our partner companies:

SkyTeam Partners (Aeroflot - Aeromexico, Air Europa, Air France, China Airlines, China Eastern - China Southern - CSA Czech Airlines - Delta Air Lines, Kenya Airways, KLM, Korean Air, Tarom, Vietnam Airlines)

Other companies: Etihad, Kuwait Airlines, Cyprus Airways, Jet Airways, Darwin, Bulgaria Air, Air italy, Jat, Luxair, Malev, Ukraine International airlines, Carpatair, Tap, Air Europa, Air Corsica.

Surfing and windsurfing equipment 

  • For flights operated by small aircraft with limited baggage hold capacity, surfing and windsurfing equipment cannot be accepted.
  • Considering the varying dimensions of different sports equipment and depending on the type of aircraft, the reservation/check-in of equipment will have to be approved and arranged by the local Alitalia Office.

To check-in and transport surfboards and windsurfing equipment (exceeding the normal baggage allowance), you must:

  • declare the item at the time of booking, and in the event of connecting flights with other carriers you must obtain the permission of the other carrier involved or carriage of the equipment will be restricted to the Alitalia flight leg only
  • arrive at the check-in desk at least one hour prior to flight departure
  • pack the equipment in its cases or in such a way that protects the items during loading and unloading  

Benefits for Exclusive Clubs members

Ulisse, Freccia Alata and Freccia Alata Plus Clubs members have always free transport on Alitalia flights of sport equipments included in the allowance and of bicycles and surfboards no taller than 250 cm. 
For tickets issued as of 01/09/10, Exclusive members can carry on Alitalia operated flights an additional free piece of sporting equipment (23 kgs max if they travel in Economy Class and 32 kgs max if they travel in Business Class), besides what already allowed.  

Note: fixed rate. If exceeding the allowance a standard excess baggage rate will be applied.

Regulations

The transport of weapons, firearms and ammunition is governed by particular regulations set out under Italian law (Law no. 694, December 23, 1974).
According to article 30 of the public safety laws (Decree no. 773, June 18, 1931) the term weapons includes: personal firearms or any other type of offensive weapon including sharp-edged or sharp-pointed cutting instruments, such as daggers, stiletto knives and the like).

Transportation

Weapons, firearms and ammunition whose transportation follows directions issued by police according to existing rules, must always be booked and communicated to airport staff and may be checked in only as registered baggage and tagged to final destination, according to the following conditions: 

  • weapons must be unloaded, dismantled and packed in appropriate, sealed containers 
  • ammunition must:
    • be in quantities not exceeding 5 kg. [11lb.] per passenger
    • be packed and protected against sudden movements
    • placed in appropriate metal, wooden or fibre containers, having a safety closure mechanism as well as good capacity to resist sharp jolts and/or fire.
    • only be transported for sporting reasons

It is absolutely prohibited to transport ammunition with incendiary or explosive bullets.   

On payment of a fee, Alitalia will make containers available for passengers who need them for small weapons and ammunition, measuring 30 cm. (length) by 22 cm. (width) by 8 cm. (height). 
Considering the particular nature of such baggage, specific information will be provided on police regulations as well as any customs formalities.  
This will enable you to prepare the required documentation in advance and avoid any delays during your journey.  

Weapons and ammunition are never included in the baggage allowance. They must be checked-in with the payment of an extra charge, according to the destination chosen, and they never can exceed 20 Kgs for waepons and 5 Kgs for ammunition.
Read more below.

Excess charge for tickets issued as of 01/09/10 

Excess charge rates shown in the table below have to be considered per single flight segment and with the following currencies: EUR or equivalent from Europe, East Europe, Japan and China; CAD or equivalent from Canada; USD from USA and Rest of the World*.

ItalyEurope, East Europe, North AfricaMiddle EastJapan and ChinaCanada, South America, Central Africa
 5070708080


For tickets issued until 31/08/10 click here and read the baggage policy.



Excess charge for tickets from/to USA/ Mexico beginning January 24, 2012



from US to Rest of the worldfrom Rest of the world to US
 10080


For tickets issued within 23 January, 2012 click here and read the baggage policy.


* For countries whose currency is USD the same fee of flights originating US applies.

Transit in Italy 

If your flight connects with another one at an Italian airport, customs will check the firearms (outgoing or incoming), even when the firearms are destined for another location within Italy, or tagged to a foreign destination. 
Upon arrival, the firearms will be carried by Alitalia personnel (or their representatives) from the aircraft to the airport police station where they will be returned to the owner’s custody. 

Code share flights

Please note that for code share flights is applied the baggage policy of the operating company partner over the entire flight, if the flight is operated entirely by the partner.
To know the baggage rules in case of connecting flights operated by different carriers please visit our Customer Center.
For flights from/to USA is applied the policy of the marketing carrier company, whose code is shown on the ticket.
If applicable according to the above rules, check the baggage policy of our partner companies:

SkyTeam Partners (Aeroflot - Aeromexico, Air Europa, Air France, China Airlines, China Eastern - China Southern - CSA Czech Airlines - Delta Air Lines, Kenya Airways, KLM, Korean Air, Tarom, Vietnam Airlines)

Other companies: Etihad, Kuwait Airlines, Cyprus Airways, Jet Airways, Darwin, Bulgaria Air, Air italy, Jat, Luxair, Malev, Ukraine International airlines, Carpatair, Tap, Air Europa, Air Corsica.

How to carry them

On Alitalia flights you can carry any musical instrument that is not longer than 100 cm as registered baggage. 
Larger instruments will be sent as goods.

Violoncello

The violoncello must be booked and paid for to occupy a cabin seat. In this case, the instrument must be carried in a hard case with the following maximum dimensions:

  • 52 cm. length  
  • 40 cm. depth  
  • 135 cm. height  

The entire instrument must comply with these measurements, including the base on which it stands (unless this is detachable).

If the violoncello is carried in vertical position, the fare applied is equivalent to 1 ticket of an adult in Economy Class; if in horizontal position to 1 ticket of an adult in Full Fare Economy Class (Y booking class). 

Check-in for the instrument must take place at least thirty minutes in advance of the set time limit. Aboard, the violoncello must be placed on a seat directly in front of a partition wall. If this is not possible, then on a window seat.  

Diplomatic baggage means a sealed bag, transported by a diplomatic courier, declared upon check-in. 

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