Airline Surfboard Policies

Below are the policies of various airlines relating to the carriage of Surfboards.  These policies are set out by the individual airlines and are subject to change at any time – with or without notice.  Every effort will be made to keep this information up to date, however this should be used as a guide only.

Airlines insist that all fins be removed and that the boards are packed in board bags.  It is also recommended that you check in as early as possible for your flights incase additional fees are payable at the time of checkin.  Airlines do not guarantee the carriage of surfboards, but will do all possible to ensure they travel with you.

For any questions relating to the airlines surfboard policy, please contact the airline involved directly.

Garuda Indonesia allows you to carry one (1) surfboard per person as part of their free Sporting Equipment allowance of 23kilos.  The board must be under 300cm in length when packed.  This allowance is in additional to your regular checked baggage allowance.  Once you exceed both of these allowances then excess baggage charges may apply.

Sporting equipment will be counted towards your standard checked baggage allowance.  Excess baggage charges will apply if your sporting equipment and your other check-in baggage exceed the free baggage allowance.

If you are travelling with surfboards on a Virgin Australia domestic flight click here for more information and details about how you can purchase excess baggage online.

If you are travelling with surfboards on a Virgin Australia international flight, Virgin has split this into short-haul and long-haul travel.  For short-haul travel click here, for long-haul travel click here .  If you have any questions beyond this information please contact Virgin Australia direct.

Air Asia allows you to prepay for your checked baggage to obtain a saving.  In addition to this, they also have a Sports Equipment fee.  The Sporting equipment fee can be either pre-booked at a discounted rate online or at a standard rate at the airport check-in counters. Your surfboard must not exceed 277cm/109inches in length.

Surfboards are counted as part of your purchased baggage allowance.  They must be packed in a bag designed for that equipment.  Where possible, remove surfboard fins and store in an enclosed compartment in the bag or tape to the board.  Surfboards, (including the surfboard bag), must not exceed 1.9 metres for Jetstar flights operated by an A320, A321 or B737 aircraft, and 2.77 meters for Jetstar flights operated by an A330 or 787** aircraft.  Passengers who anticipate having bulky items or excess baggage should arrive at the airport early.  Please refer to the information on Jetstar’s website for Bulky items.

One surfboard will be accepted as part of your free checked baggage allowance provided the item is in a protective case.  It will be subject to excess baggage charges if you weigh in over your free allowance.  Items over 3 metres in length shall not be accepted as checked baggage.  For more information click here.

Last updated 13 June 2015.