Odd size baggage
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol uses an advanced baggage handling system that processes anywhere between 120,000 and 180,000 bags every day. Yet there are items the system cannot deal with. Examples include bags that are too heavy or too long, or items with projecting parts. Bags like these are collectively referred to as “odd-size baggage” and have to be processed manually.
Unusual items must be dropped at the special “odd-size” desk, of which you can find at least one in every departure hall. The check-in agent at your regular check-in desk will label your baggage and refer you to the odd-size desk. Please bear in mind that checking in odd-size baggage will take extra time.
What items qualify as odd-size baggage?
• Heavy: all items that weigh more than 32 kilos
• Large: all items more than 100 cm long, 65 cm high and 75 cm wide
• Unusual shape: all items that can roll or have projecting/loose parts
• Fragile baggage
• Baggage that contains chemicals (please also check the list of prohibited items!)
Examples of odd-size baggage: skis, golf bags, surfboards, wheelchairs, prams, bicycles, backpacks with loose or projecting parts, and musical instruments.
Special odd size baggage rates
Some airlines will allow you to bring odd size baggage on board free of charge. In most cases, however, you will be required to pay a special fee. These fees depend on the weight and size of the item in question, and the type of flight you are on. Ask your airline about the preconditions for bringing along odd size baggage in advance.
Shipping odd size baggage as air cargo
If you are looking for a cheap way to transport a bicycle, musical instrument or other odd size baggage item, you can also opt to have your baggage shipped as air cargo. In many cases, this will be a lot cheaper than bringing the items along on your own flight. For more information, contact your airline, travel agent or Worldwide Baggage Services.
In collaboration with DHL, Worldwide Baggage Services offers courier services for envelopes and packages up to 50 kilos. Schiphol also offers: European Community Express (EXC) and Worldwide Parcel Express (WPX). These companies can also ship any odd size packages, and are located in Departure Hall 3, across from row 23.
Package service opening hours
Every day of the week, including weekends, from 09:00 - 17:00. Outside of these opening hours, you can also drop off items at Baggage Storage, located in the basement between Arrivals Hall 1 and 2. Processing will be conducted via e-mail and internet.
Worldwide Baggage Services
Telephone: +31 (0)20 44 66 234