Thomson is the biggest charter airline in the world, flying from the UK and Republic of Ireland to destinations in Europe, Africa, Asia and North America. Thomson is an aero-baby of TUI Travel and First Choice Holidays, who merged in September 2007. As well as the airline, Thomson also do package holidays and ski trips.
Thomson have 3 large bases in the UK, the largest being in London, followed by Birmingham and Manchester. They served over 10.5 million passengers in 2013, so we are betting that you have come across these guys before. You can recognize them from their distinctive light blue and white aircrafts, with a red Thomson logo and motif on the tail.
Skytrax previously awarded Thomson the Best Leisure Airline in 2014, 2013, 2011 and 2010.
How to check in
You can check in at the desk or online. If you fancy checking in at the airport, the desk usually opens 2 hours prior to, and closes 45 minutes before departure. If you’re on a red eye flight Thomson will allow you to drop your bags the day before departure. Alternatively, drop your bags 3 hours prior to departure for international flights, and 2 hours for short/mid haul flights. If you check in online, you can print your boarding passes at home up to 14 days before your flight.
Baggage Allowances and Fees
You are entitled to take one piece of hold luggage weighing no more than 15kg on Thomson flights, unless stated otherwise. You are often allowed 20kg of checked in baggage when you have booked a ski holiday with Thomson. Hand luggage must weigh no more than 5kg, and not exceed dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. Excess baggage is charged at €13 per kilogram on short haul flights, and €25 per kilo on long haul flights.
You are able to reserve seats for €10 per person, and you can book extra legroom seats for €20 per person. Thomson seats on short haul flights can be pretty snug, with a minimum seat pitch of 28” – but they are rolling out new Boeing Aircrafts at the time of writing. On long haul flights they have a seat pitch of 33”, which extends up to 34” on their Dreamliners.
There is a 2% credit card fee when booking with Thomson.
Service on Board
On long haul flights you will have your own On Demand TV Set, but there are no video options available for short haul destinations. At the time of writing, Thomson does not have Wifi on board their aircraft, and very few seats have on board power outlets. You are able to buy an array of snacks and drinks on board short and mid haul flights. On long haul flights, they serve a complimentary hot meal and a snack, and as of November 2014 you will also be served a complimentary drink. Thomson does not currently cater for different dietary requirements.
They have been awarded the UK’s most punctual airline award for 5 consecutive years. Information is correct as of 21/08/2014 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.
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