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The size of carry on hand luggage allowed by the main short haul airlines operating our of UK airports can vary significantly.

You may have assumed that there isn't actually much difference between the various low cost airlines but in fact there is a marked difference between the best like Easyjet and British Airways which have THREE TIMES the allowance of the worst which is Ryanair.

The number listed as cm² is the volume of the baggage size allowance calculated by multiplying the height, width and depth of the bags such as 56x45x25 which equals 63,000

AirlineAllowed Bag VolumeAllowance Info 
easyJet
63,000 cm²
56cm x 45cm x 25cm
No Weight Limit
Jet2
63,000 cm²
56cm x 45cm x 25cm
10 Kg
British Airways
63,000 cm²
56cm x 45cm x 25cm
23 Kg
Aer Lingus
52,800 cm²
55cm x 40cm x 24cm
10 Kg
Swiss Airlines
50,600 cm²
55cm x 40cm x 23cm
8 Kg
KLM
48,125 cm²
55cm x 35cm x 25cm
12 Kg
Air France
48,125 cm²
55cm x 35cm x 25cm
12 Kg
Vueling
44,000 cm²
55cm x 40cm x 20cm
10 Kg
Wizz Air
24,000 cm²
40cm x 30cm x 20cm
10 Kg
Ryanair
20,000 cm²
40cm x 25cm x 20cm
10 Kg

Of course this isn't the full picture as airline policies aren't this simple. There are charges for first bags, premium rates for larger bags or bigger bags, options to have a bag under the seat in front of you and also different type of plane operated by some airlines which have different allowance.