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


Garuda Indonesia offers you a Sporting equipment allowance of 23kilos on top of your free checked baggage allowance.  Once you exceed both of these allowances then excess baggage charges may apply.

A standard charge of 6 kg will be applied on the surfboard if its weight together with the customer’s other checked baggage exceeds the free allowance (20kg) entitled to the customer. This will apply up to a maximum excess of 15 kg, after which the normal excess baggage charges will apply.  This special charge is only applicable to one surfboard per customer. Any additional surfboards shall be charged according to the standard excess baggage charges. The surfboard must be properly packed for transportation. Airlines do not guarantee the carriage of surfboards, but will do all possible to ensure they travel with you.  It is recommended you check-in as early as possible.  Click here to go to the airlines website information.

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 – this fee cannot be prepaid and must be paid at the airport at time of check-in once your bag has been weighed.  Approx cost for the Sports Equipment Fee is approx AUD35 for up to 15kilos.   If your board bag weighs in over 15kg’s then every kg over this is charged at AUD10 (or equivalent) .  Click here for more details.

Bulky items (maximum 1.9 meters for Jetstar flights operated by an A320, A321 or B737 aircraft and 2.77 meters for Jetstar flights operated by an A330 aircraft, click here to see the aircraft type by route) including but not limited to bicycles, surfboards, skis, golf clubs, snow boards, may be included within the 20kg allowance, subject to space availability. Please ensure that all bulky items are packed appropriately before being presented at check in. For further information on this click here. Passengers who anticipate having bulky items or excess baggage should arrive at the airport to check in 3hours prior to the scheduled departure time for flights operated by Jetstar (JQ) departing from an international terminal.  flight.

One surfboard to a maximum length of 3 metres (118 inches) will be accepted as part of your checked baggage allowance provided the item is in a protective case and will always be subject to an excess baggage charge. Items over 3 meters in length shall not be accepted as checked baggage.  For more information click here