General luggage information
The free baggage allowence and the amount of checked in baggage may vary depending the airline you are travelling with. Please contact your airline for further information.
N.B.: You should always put your name and address on the outside and inside of your luggage. You will receive tags and stickers with your flight ticket or at the Departures counter.
Tip: Important documents and valuables should be carried in your hand luggage.
You may only carry gas or disposable lighters (1 per person) or matches on your body. Petrol lighters may not be transported. With checked-in baggage lighters may not be taken along under any circumstances.
The measurements of hand luggage differ, so please ask your airline before departure.
New security rules for hand luggage since November 2006:
On all flights originating in the EU liquids may only be taken on board in small quantities. More information you will find at "New security rules ..." in the link-list above.
N.B.: Before departure, please ask your airline about items that may not be carried in your hand luggage (e.g. penknifes, screwdrivers, nail scissors, etc.)
Luggage trolleys are provided for your convenience inside the terminal buildings and in front of the terminals. A porter service is also available.
Liability for luggage
Liability is laid down by law for all airlines. As a rule, it will depend on your place of departure and arrival. Liability can vary widely, depending on which international treaty the country of departure and country of arrival has signed, or which national laws apply.
Basically, liability for checked-in luggage depends on damage being proved, but there is a maximum amount payable. For international journeys, the highest liability depends on the weight of the checked luggage.
For exact details, please read the terms of carriage issued by your airline. You will find an excerpt in the envelope containing your flight ticket.
If the value of the luggage you check in exceeds the maximum payable liability, you are advised to take out extra luggage insurance.
No dangerous items or items which may be used to injure other persons may be carried in cabin baggage. This includes:
- Weapons and similar items capable of discharging a projectile, along with imitation weapons
- sharp and pointed items, for example knives, scissors with a blade longer than 6 centimetres, nail files, screwdrivers and bottle openers
- blunt objects such as golf clubs, baseball clubs, hockey sticks and skateboards
- explosives and inflammable materials, for example fireworks, including table fireworks, torches, cap guns, paint in spray-cans and gas containers for camping stoves.
The Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs has published a list of items prohibited from air travel.