Surfboards and airlines don’t always get along.

Each different airline has its own policy and regulations and it is therefore good to inquire before booking to avoid unpleasant surprises at check-in.

Now flying with boards in tow is more and more complicated, airlines do not seem to like the load of fragile and bulky objects, considering it a real nuisance, rather than reason to grab new customers.

So often the companies decide to charge very high rates to pay for the inconvenience.

10 TIPS FOR TRANSPORT SURFBOARDS BY PLANE

  1. First of all remember to better fill the edges, the tip and the tail of the board.
  2. Inside the travel bag you can use a classic "sock" in canvas, or wrap the table in bubble wrap, after add protections that can absorb impacts.
  3. Use wetsuit, poncho and towel to better fill and protect the board.
  4. ALWAYS remove the fins from your board before inserting it into your travel bag.
  5. Choose your travel bag carefully. Especially if you use a single bag make sure the size is right to contain the board and padding.
  6. In the case of multiple bags, it is essential to insert a soft layer between the boards. Secure each other with small straps to prevent them from moving inside the bag, damaging each other.
  7. Avoid burdening the bag too much. You will have to find the right balance to allow, both you and all those who handle it, to lift and move it without too much effort. In this way you will avoid that it is thrown or taken in the wrong way or that it is "buried" by a pyramid of luggage that surely will not guarantee the safety of your surfboards!
  8. Bring a repair kit with you. So in case your board is damaged, you will be able to repair it quickly.
  9. Be at the airport well in advance of your flight departure. If you have any problems you will have enough time to make up for them.
  10. Remember before leaving the airport to check the status of the boards. You will then be able to immediately make a complaint to the airline area.

how to transport surfboards in the airplane

Airlines that allow you to bring surfboard

Ryanair

With the most famous lowcost company in Europe the cost for the transport of surfboards is about 50 € each way, with a maximum weight of 20kg.
www.ryanair.com

Vueling

With Vueling the conditions of transport are more or less the same, but usually the price is a bit lower, about 45 € each way.
www.vueling.com

Easyjet

With Easyjet we find different conditions: if the only luggage is the bag and the weight with the boards does not exceed 35 kg the cost is 40€, if you travel with other luggage you pay instead a surcharge.
www.easyjet.com

Alitalia

Alitalia states on its website that "the transport of sports equipment weighing 23kg or less is considered as common baggage and is included in the allowance."
In the case of sports equipment weighing more than 23kg and between 200 and 300cm in length, the excess baggage shall be applied, one-way, as follows:

75 € for national flights
75 € for flights in Europe and North Africa
200 € for the Middle East, China, Japan, Canada, South America and Central Africa
260 € from the USA to the rest of the world
200 € from the rest of the world to the USA
www.alitalia.com

Lufthansa

The German company keeps prices on average. The transport of a travel bag up to 2 meters costs 50 € or 70 € for continental flights and between 100 € 150 € for intercontinental flights.
www.lufthansa.com

American Airlines

The American company charges a fee of $150 each way for each case if it does not exceed 274 cm and 23 kg in weight.
www.americanairlines.es

how to transport surfboards in the airplane

These in principle are the rates and conditions to fly with the surfboard.

Obviously the companies recommend packing the bag properly, to avoid damage, but it should be superfluous advice.

With these tips you can easily fly to your next surf trip with your favorite boards!

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    Sources of this article:
    https://www.surfertoday.com/surfing/how-to-pack-a-surfboard-for-travel
    https://www.surfcare.co/blog/2020/12/29/how-to-protect-your-surfboard-for-airline-travel

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