How to fly with a Cello?
Transporting your Cello as Baggage
Because of their larger size, it is likely that your airline will not accept a cello as part of your cabin allowance, so the instrument will need to be transported as cargo.
With the large majority of airlines, they will be unable to accept any damage whilst the Cello is in transit, so it is imperative that you ensure you have your instrument packed these the best that you can.
Transporting your Cello on an Extra Seat
Due to their much larger size, cellos are often transported as cabin-seat luggage, where passengers must purchase an additional seat on the plane where the cello can stay during the flight.
Be mindful that not every airline will allow this, and it means paying the extra cost of an additional seat, but this could be the best option if you wish to travel with your item in sight. Airlines will tend to charge for a fare as if you were to book this as a standard passenger, minus some of the airport/departure taxes.
- To find out more about booking an additional seat for your Cello, please visit our passenger services guide, which explains the general rules that usually apply and provides more information on the rules of specific airlines.
- If you're ready to make your flight booking, discover how you can book an additional seat when you book through Alternative Airlines by visiting 'How to Book Seats' page.