Flying with Kitesurfing Boards and Equipment

When planning on taking your kitesurfing gear with you, make sure the airline you are flying with will accept your kiteboard and kites as checked luggage.

Even though kites pack up quite small, and kiteboards are typically the same size as wakeboards and small surfboards, some airlines will charge an excessive amount for taking your gear on your flight.

Look for airlines that will accept your kitesurf gear for free, in place of one of your checked bags, or for just a small fee. Another option is to pack your kites and lines into your regular suitcase, and simply rent a board at your destination.

If bringing your kiteboard with you on an airline that charges an excessive amount for kitesurfing gear, you could pack your kites into your suitcase, and claim the board as a surfboard, wakeboard, or snowboard (depending on your destination) to pay a lower fee.

Some travelers have had success avoiding airline fees by packing their kitesurfing gear into kiteboarding travel bags labeled as golf equipment, as many airlines accept golf equipment for free or at a reduced rate. Keep in mind that some airlines are catching on to this, so you may have some difficulty passing it off as golf clubs. Some people recommend to pack to pack a golf club or two into your bag bag, to be able to prove that it is in fact golf equipment in the bag.

Airline Takes Kitesurfing Equipment? Included in Allowance? Cost Policy/Comments
AeroflotYesYesFreeShow Policy
AeromexicoYesNo$75 / $150Show Policy
Air AlgerieYesYesFreeShow Policy
Air BerlinYesYesSee PolicyShow Policy
Air CanadaYesYesSee PolicyShow Policy
Air EuropaYesNoEUR 150Show Policy
Air FranceYesNoSee PolicyShow Policy
Air New ZealandYesYesFreeShow Policy
Air TransatYesYesFreeShow Policy
Alaska AirlinesYesYes$25Show Policy
Allegiant AirYesYesSee PolicyShow Policy
American AirlinesYesYes$150Show Policy
ArkeFlyYesNoEUR 35Show Policy
Arkia Israeli AirlinesYesNoSee PolicyShow Policy
Austrian AirlinesYesYesSee PolicyShow Policy
AviancaYesYesSee PolicyShow Policy
AZUL Brazilian AirlinesYesYes$150Show Policy
British AirwaysYesNoSee PolicyShow Policy
Cathay PacificYesYesSee PolicyShow Policy
CondorYesNoSee PolicyShow Policy
Delta AirlinesYesNo$150 USDShow Policy
El AlYesNo$100-$200Show Policy
EmiratesYesYesFreeShow Policy
FlyNikiYesNoSee PolicyShow Policy
Frontier AirlinesYesYesSee PolicyShow Policy
GermanwingsYesNoEUR 50Show Policy
Gol AirlinesYesYesFreeShow Policy
Hainan AirlinesNoNoShow Policy
Hawaiian AirlinesYesNo$35-$150Show Policy
Iberia AirlinesYesNoEUR 150Show Policy
Iceland AirYesNoSee PolicyShow Policy
Insel AirYesNoUSD 50 + 40Show Policy
JetBlueYesYes$50 USDShow Policy
KLMYesNoSee PolicyShow Policy
Korean AirYesYesSee PolicyShow Policy
LANYesYesSee PolicyShow Policy
LATAMYesYesSee PolicyShow Policy
LOT AirlinesYesYesSee PolicyShow Policy
LufthansaYesYesShow Policy
LufthansaYesYesFreeShow Policy
Monarch AirlinesYesNoSee PolicyShow Policy
MyAustrian HolidaysYesNo30 EURShow Policy
Pegasus AirlinesYesNoSee PolicyShow Policy
RyanairYesNoSee PolicyShow Policy
SouthwestYesYes$75 USDShow Policy
Spirit AirlinesYesYes$100 USDShow Policy
SunwingYesNoFreeShow Policy
TACAYesYesSee PolicyShow Policy
TAMEYesYesIncludedShow Policy
Thomas CookYesNoGBP 70Show Policy
Thomson AirwaysYesNoSee PolicyShow Policy
Turkish AirlinesYesNoSee PolicyShow Policy
United AirlinesYesYes$150-$200Show Policy
Virgin AmericaYesNo$50 USDShow Policy
Virgin AtlanticYesNoFreeShow Policy
Virgin AustraliaYesYesFreeShow Policy
VivaAerobusYesNoSee PolicyShow Policy
VuelingYesNoEUR 45Show Policy
WestjetYesNoSee PolicyShow Policy
XL Airways FranceYesNoSee PolicyShow Policy


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