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London - Funchal
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Exeter - Lanzarote
return from £72
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Thomson Airways

About Thomson Airways

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 flights

3.5 /5
Total reviews based on: 40
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
London
Tenerife
Stansted - Sur Reina Sofia ( STN - TFS )
3.0 /5
Geoff
Date 2018-02-11 City Hertfordshire Age 51-70 Class Economy

Flight called 45 mins before take off but plane still late taking off

3.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Tenerife
Luton International - Sur Reina Sofia ( LTN - TFS )
3.0 /5
None
Date 2018-02-11 City London Age 51-70 Class Economy

Seats very cramped, isle blocked for to long with stewards selling food and duty free after we were stuck in our seats due to windy conditions, nobody could get to the loo.

3.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Puerto Vallarta
Gatwick - Gustavo Diaz Ordaz ( LGW - PVR )
1.0 /5
I dont have a nickname
Date 2018-01-03 City UK Age 51-70 Class Economy

The staff on the flight were great . However, I found the actual service organisation terrible. I booked a vegetarian meal on the flight out and return. It never materialised. TUI had no record of my booking it. I ate bread and butter only for the whole flight over there and one of the cabin crew gave up their veggie meal for me on the flight back. On the Outward journey the cabin temperature was freezing and no blankets were provided. I booked window seats and only got an aisle seat on the way there. So probably the worst service I have experienced and that includes easyjet.

1.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Tenerife
Gatwick - Sur Reina Sofia ( LGW - TFS )
1.0 /5
TW
Date 2017-12-29 Age 51-70 Class Economy

8 hour delay. poor communication from airline.

1.0 /5
1 reviews
Lanzarote
London
Lanzarote - Gatwick ( ACE - LGW )
5.0 /5
Max
Date 2017-11-12 City England Age Under 30 Class Economy

Great flight, value for money. My out going flight as ba & my return was tui. Tui was definitely more comfortable and had more equipment to making the experience a lot better .

5.0 /5
1 reviews
Tenerife
Manchester
Sur Reina Sofia - Manchester International ( TFS - MAN )
5.0 /5
Andy
Date 2017-11-12 City Preston Age 51-70 Class Economy

Excellent, efficient, smart and pleasant staff

5.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Malaga
Gatwick - Málaga ( LGW - AGP )
4.0 /5
Jake
Date 2017-10-24 City Surrey,Epsom Age 51-70 Class Economy

return was on good plane

4.5 /5
2 reviews
Manchester
Gran Canaria
Manchester International - Las Palmas ( MAN - LPA )
4.0 /5
Youngs
Date 2017-10-24 City England Age 51-70 Class Economy

Last minute flights great value

4.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Faro
Gatwick - Faro ( LGW - FAO )
5.0 /5
Roofer
Date 2017-10-10 City Uk Age 51-70 Class Economy

Squeaking breaks on landing, otherwise perfect ?.

5.0 /5
1 reviews
Exeter
Lanzarote
Exeter - Lanzarote ( EXT - ACE )
4.0 /5
Jan
Date 2017-10-08 City Cornwall Age Over 70 Class Economy

On the flight to Lanzarote the cabin crew were continuously trying to sell us something ranging from food to scratch cards-it became a damn nuisance. The return flight, being an evening flight, was far less commercial.

4.0 /5
1 reviews
Reus
London
Reus - Gatwick ( REU - LGW )
5.0 /5
Rossi
Date 2017-10-05 City Middlesex Age 31-50 Class Economy

Both Ryanair and Thompson were superb.

5.0 /5
1 reviews
Newcastle
Palma de Mallorca
Newcastle International - Palma de Mallorca ( NCL - PMI )
1.0 /5
Peter
Date 2017-09-27 City UK Age 51-70 Class Economy

The flight was cancelled shortly after the booking

1.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Catania
Gatwick - Fontanarossa ( LGW - CTA )
2.0 /5
Rebecca
Date 2017-09-22 Class Economy

Good value low cost airline but cramped cabin and poor check in at destination. Pleasant and professional crew.

2.0 /5
1 reviews
Birmingham
Faro
Birmingham Intl - Faro ( BHX - FAO )
1.0 /5
Leah
Date 2017-09-19 Class Economy

I was very unhappy as I spoke at length with the operator to book the tickets and I kept asking for an extra bag to be included and in the end we paid ?100 extra each for a bag. Listen to the recording. Extremely unhappy!!!!!

1.0 /5
1 reviews
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