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Compare carry-on luggage allowances on Canadian airlines

When it comes to carry-on luggage, size really does matter.

Not all carry-on luggage allowances are equal. That’s a fact. Typically, airlines are free to dictate whatever carry-on allowances they like for their flights, which means that one airline may allow larger luggage sizes than another.

Whether you’re opting for carry-on luggage only or are actively seeking to max out your baggage for your next flight, here’s a comparison of the size and dimensions that each Canadian airline accepts on their domestic routes so that you can book according to your luggage needs.
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Carry-on luggage size and weight allowances compared (economy)

AirlineBaggage optionsMax height x width x depthWeight allowance
Air Canada1x 118cm bag + small personal item55 x 40 x 23cmLight enough that you can place it in the overhead compartment unassisted
WestJet1x 114cm bag + small personal item53 x 38 x 23cmLight enough that you can place it in the overhead compartment unassisted
Porter1x 118cm bag + small personal item55 x 40 x 23cm9kg per piece
Flair Airlines1x 117cm bag + small personal item55 x 40 x 22cm10kg total
Swoop1x 113cm bag + small personal item52 x 38 x 23cmLight enough that you can place it in the overhead compartment unassisted
Air Transat1x 114cm bag + small personal item51 x 40 x 23cm10kg total

Best airline for carry-on luggage size allowances

Unsurprisingly, Air Canada and Porter offer more generous carry-on luggage allowances than their low-cost counterparts Swoop and WestJet.

Best budget airline for carry-on luggage size allowances

Flair Airlines was a surprise, coming in just 1cm less than the full-service carriers, so if you’re looking for a budget airline with generous size allowance, these are your guys.

Best airline for carry-on luggage weight allowances

Flair Airlines and Air Transat both have hefty 10kg weight allowances, with Porter not too far behind with 9kg.

Air Canada, Swoop and WestJet all have more liberal policies, where your bag just needs to be light enough that you can store it in the overhead compartment unassisted.

Which airline lets you carry the most bags?

All Canadian airlines allow one personal item and one carry-on bag. If you’re travelling with kids, you might be able to bring additional items on board.


What are the charges for excess luggage?

Need to bring extra items on board? If you exceed the carry-on weight or size restrictions you may be asked to check your items in and be charged for it accordingly.

These charges are at their most expensive at the airport, so it’s cheaper to tack them onto your booking as soon as you know you won’t be packing light.

Here’s what you can expect to pay to top up your luggage amount prior to your flight on a short-haul journey like Toronto-Montreal booked four months in advance. These charges can differ depending on how much the flight costs and what route you’re flying. Prices were obtained on 11 March 2019 for travel in July 2019.

AirlineExcess weightCharge
Air CanadaMust check bag in$30
WestJetMust check bag in$30-$35.40
PorterMust check bag inFrom $39.50
Flair AirlinesMust check bag in$31.50-$34.50
SwoopMust check bag in$40-$46
Air TransatMust check bag in$25

Excess luggage at the airport

Left it to the very last minute? Here’s what you can expect to pay if you show up at the airport with more carry-on luggage than you booked.

AirlineExcess weight chargeOther fees
Air Canada$30 per item to check bag$100 if bag exceeds 23-32kg and/or 158cm
WestJet$30-$35.40 per item to check bag$100-$118 per piece if size exceeds limitations
PorterFrom $39.50 per item to check bag$100-$115 per piece if size exceeds limitations
Flair Airlines$42-$46 per item to check bagFrom $52.50 per piece if size exceeds limitations
Swoop$50-$57.50 per item to check bag$105-$115 per piece if size exceeds limitations
Air Transat$30 per item to check bag$75 per piece if size exceeds limitations

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