Cycling and air travel

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Headline Messages: 

The main problems for people who travel by air with their cycles are:

  • Not being able to find cycle-friendly routes to and from airports
  • Complex, multi-step booking procedures
  • Lack of information about how to prepare a cycle for carriage on a plane
  • Check-in disputes about whether the cycle complies with an airline's stowing conditions
  • Damage to cycles during handling
  • Mislaid or lost cycles

Unfortunately, several airlines still fail basic cycle-friendly tests. Please let us know about any good or bad experiences

See Cycling UK's "bikes by air" page for more advice on taking your cycle by air.

Cycling UK View (formal statement of Cycling UK's policy): 

Travellers who take their cycles by air need:

  • Easy, well signed and safe access to airports, and secure, convenient cycle parking
  • A simple booking procedure with as few steps as possible
  • Clear information on charges
  • Clear, accessible information from all airlines on their websites, booking forms and at the airport to show unambiguously how cycles should be prepared for the flight
  • Well-briefed staff /contractor, so that people who know they have complied with the airline’s conditions don’t have any check-in problems
  • A basic standard for cycle packaging and cycle handling agreed with all carriers and with all ground handling service staff / contractors
Publication Date: 
March 2012

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