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Thomson Airways Ltd

About Thomson Airways Ltd

Thomson Airways is the biggest charter airline in the world and is based in Luton in the United Kingdom. It is also the UK's third biggest carrier, with only British Airways and easyJet flying more passengers annually. It was founded in 1962 as Britannia Airways and started using the current name in 2008 after a merger between TUI's Thomsonfly and First Choice Airways.

Thomson Airways flights are operated out of the airline's bases in Newcastle, Bournemouth, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Birmingham, Dublin, Inverness, Liverpool, East Midlands, Aberdeen, Exeter, Manchester, London Luton, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Belfast, Edinburgh, Bristol, East Midlands, Cardiff and Doncaster Sheffield. It utilises a fleet of 60 aircraft to fly to nearly 100 destinations.

Thomson Airways tends to operate flights on behalf of tour companies, meaning that most of its flights are to popular tourist destinations. These include Hurghada and Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt, Port Louis in Mauritius, Marrakech in Morocco, Cancun in Mexico, Orlando in the U.S., Goa in India and Phuket in Thailand. Closer to home, routes also include Dubrovnik, Corfu, Venice, Alicante and London.

Online check-in

Passengers on a Thomson Airways flight can check in online and print their boarding cards up to 14 days before departure. At this time, passengers are also able to ask for assistance at the airport, select a seat for their flight or buy additional checked luggage allowance while checking in online. Once they've checked in online, passengers can drop off their luggage at the airline's counters, which open between 2 and 3 hours before a flight. At Manchester, Gatwick and Birmingham airports, passengers can even drop off their bags the day before they fly, reducing hassle and check-in times at the airport.

Hand luggage allowance

Passengers can bring 1 item of hand luggage weighing up to 5 kg on most Thomson Airways flights. On some flights, this is increased to 7 kg and if this is the case, it will be plainly indicated on a passenger's booking confirmation. Its dimensions however cannot be bigger than 55 x 40 x 20 cm, as it must be able to fit into the overhead storage or under a seat on the plane. Personal items such as laptop bags, camera bags or handbags, will not be accepted separately and must fit inside a passenger's hand luggage bag. Passengers must be able to place their carry-on bags into the overhead lockers without assistance.

Checked baggage allowance

If passengers have a Thomson Airways flight-only booking, they will not have a checked luggage allowance. If they wish, passengers can add a luggage allowance to their booking online. On package holidays flying with the airline, the basic allowance is 15 kg per passenger, although some bookings have an allowance of 20 kg. This will be made clear during the booking process. In addition, any passengers who book a Premium Club ticket are allowed up to 23 kg. Young children under 2 may bring up to 10 kg of baggage as well as a stroller.

Thomson Airways passengers travelling together on a single booking may pool their allowances, but there is a maximum weight limit for any one bag of 23 kg. Sports equipment must be booked by passengers 2 months ahead of their flight. This can only be done by calling the airline's customer service desk. There are fees in place for anyone who goes over their luggage allowance.

Airline Information

  • Airline name: Thomson Airways
  • IATA code: BY
  • Year Founded: 1962
  • Headquarters: Luton, United Kingdom
  • Website: thomson.co.uk

Latest customer reviews on Thomson Airways Ltd flights

3.5 /5
Total reviews based on: 37
London
Lanzarote
Stansted - Lanzarote ( STN - ACE )
5.0 /5
Mama
Date 2018-04-21 City London Age Over 70 Class Economy

Good flights both ways

5.0 /5
1 reviews
Bristol
Lanzarote
Bristol - Lanzarote ( BRS - ACE )
1.0 /5
Francis
Date 2018-04-18 City Bristol Age 51-70 Class Economy

Flights changed 3 times final flights change no notifications very poorly

1.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Phuket
Gatwick - Phuket International Airport ( LGW - HKT )
1.0 /5
Me
Date 2018-04-17

What flight? You cancelled my flight after 13 days of me booking with you and said there were no seats left on the flight. To be told a bit earlier would have been nice as I had to book another flight with another travel agent..

1.0 /5
1 reviews
Glasgow
Alicante
Glasgow Scotland - Alicante ( GLA - ALC )
4.0 /5
Geordie
Date 2018-04-09 City Sauchie Age Over 70 Class Economy

Prices of in flight drinks and snacks are scandalous.

4.0 /5
1 reviews
Edinburgh
Tenerife
Turnhouse - Sur Reina Sofia ( EDI - TFS )
1.0 /5
Marcopolo
Date 2018-04-02 City GB Age 51-70 Class Economy

Ryanair may be cut price fares but on our return journey to GB there was no choice of food or alcohol available to us when they got to our seating area. Coffee and a bar of chocolate to share

1.0 /5
1 reviews
Manchester
Alicante
Manchester International - Alicante ( MAN - ALC )
1.0 /5
shaz
Date 2018-04-02 City lancashire Age 51-70 Class Economy

5 hour delay from manchester, missed our bus at alicante and had to pay 90 euros for a taxi to benidorm, also spent a lot of money at manchester airport on food & drink, overall a negative experience

1.0 /5
1 reviews
Manchester
Punta Cana
Manchester International - Punta Cana ( MAN - PUJ )
4.0 /5
gregtanian
Date 2018-04-02 City Sheffield Age 31-50 Class Economy

Great price

4.0 /5
1 reviews
Cardiff
Tenerife
Cardiff-Wales - Sur Reina Sofia ( CWL - TFS )
4.0 /5
Dai
Date 2018-03-25 City Cardiff Bay Age Over 70 Class Economy

Expensive - ?750 plus !! For two to Tenerife !!

4.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Montego Bay
Gatwick - Sangster ( LGW - MBJ )
3.0 /5
Mr d reece
Date 2018-03-21 Age 51-70 Class Economy

Was quite comfortable

3.5 /5
2 reviews
Doncaster
Paphos
Sheffield - Paphos International ( DSA - PFO )
3.0 /5
DODDSIE
Date 2018-03-09 City MARS Age Over 70 Class Economy

NEVER FLY WHEN ITS GONNA SNOW

3.0 /5
1 reviews
Exeter
Tenerife
Exeter - Sur Reina Sofia ( EXT - TFS )
5.0 /5
Lady traveller
Date 2018-03-08 City UK Age 51-70 Class Economy

Easily booked, flights on time in both directions, staff helpful. Will use again.

5.0 /5
1 reviews
Manchester
Montego Bay
Manchester International - Sangster ( MAN - MBJ )
5.0 /5
Derrick
Date 2018-03-03 City Uk Age 31-50 Class Economy

Wasn?t aware of the departure tax at 35 dollars per person

5.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Sal
Gatwick - Amilcar Cabral International ( LGW - SID )
1.0 /5
Betta
Date 2018-03-02 Class Economy

I spent 6 hours under the freezing stream of the air con. All the passengers had to wear coats and scarves for the whole duration of the flight. I asked the crew several times to increase the temperature but not much was done.

1.0 /5
1 reviews
Manchester
Lanzarote
Manchester International - Lanzarote ( MAN - ACE )
5.0 /5
Anne
Date 2018-02-28 City Liverpool Age 51-70 Class Economy

It was comfortable. Staff were Pleasent

5.0 /5
1 reviews
Bournemouth
Tenerife
BOURNEMOUTH INTL - Sur Reina Sofia ( BOH - TFS )
2.0 /5
Grub
Date 2018-02-15 City Southbourne Age Over 70 Class Economy

Expensive. N o knee room. Poor food. Was not given the seats I paid extra for

2.0 /5
1 reviews
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