Important information about luggage restrictions when travelling in the Northern Territory
Please note this important information about luggage restrictions when travelling in the Northern Territory (NT). Health Professionals (HPs) should ensure they read their RAHC Travel Itinerary and make themselves aware of the different airline luggage restrictions.
Commercial flights allow for 1 piece of checked-in luggage between 20-23kg.
RAHC will reimburse HPs for excess baggage costs up to 28kg on major airlines to allow for groceries and manuals. However it must be taken into account that baggage allowances for smaller airlines may not permit carriage of this weight, or may require excess to travel on a standby basis. HPs should note that this will include anything that they have brought as carry-on baggage to the NT and also anything they might acquire in Darwin or Alice Springs prior to travel to the community.
HPs need to plan accordingly because any costs for baggage exceeding 28kg will be their responsibility unless there are extenuating circumstances that are raised with RAHC before travel and for which RAHC management has provided agreement in writing to say that costs will be covered.
Small aircraft and charters
Luggage allowances for small aircraft travel in the NT vary but are generally no more than 1 piece at 15kg. Baggage in excess of the allowance may be put on a standby basis and flown at a later time. Some airlines have a strict excess baggage limit. Please check website of airline provider.
Where limits allow, RAHC will reimburse HPs for excess baggage costs up to 28kg.
Where a HP expects to incur excess baggage costs on small aircraft (i.e. for total baggage weights exceeding 13-15kg) they will need to be prepared to pay for this at the time of travel and to subsequently seek reimbursement from RAHC (providing the associated receipt) or pre-arrange, at least 24 hours in advance, with RAHC for the cost to be paid in an alternative manner.
It is the HP’s responsibility to arrive and be checked-in in a timely manner for their flight(s) as per the travel literary provided by RAHC. Consequently time needs to be allowed for any excess luggage administration requirements at check-in. This information is always contained in tables below the relevant flight in your travel itinerary. Please check this each time you travel. Your contact in regard to excess baggage allowances in the RAHC team is the relevant Regional Coordinator, who will always be happy to clarify your entitlements.
For further information on our Health Professional Travel Policy click here.