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    First Choice Airways

    Contact details


    Reservations: 0871 200 7799 (10p per minute).


    First Choice Airways Check-in

    Airport check-in at least two hours prior to departure. For travellers with pre-booked seats, check-in is 90 minutes before departure. Day before check-in is available at Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham airports (hours - 12pm to 10pm).

    First Choice Airways baggage allowance

    Hand luggage: one small item per person weighing less than 5kg with maximum size of 55 x 40 x 20cm can be carried onboard the aircraft. 

    Checked luggage: For package holiday passengers the baggage allowance is 15kg per person. Premier holidays passengers may check-in 20kg. 

    Flights-only passengers do not have a free allowance. Up to five pieces of luggage may be pre-booked and prices start from £30 per bag (return) on short-haul routes, £32 per bag (return) for mid-haul routes, and £50 (return) per piece of luggage on long-haul flights. The total allowance is 20kg. 

    Excess: Rates range from £12 (short and mid-haul flights to Spain, Portugal, the Balearics, the Canary Islands, Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia, Morocco for example) to £17 (long-haul flights to Caribbean, Mexico, Brazil, Kenya, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, India, Gambia and USA). There's an additional 2 per cent charge for paying by credit card. No single piece of luggage may exceed 23kg.

    First Choice Airways legroom

    Seat pitch: short haul - 71cm (28in), long haul - 84cm (33in), Premium Class - 91cm (36in).

    Pre-arranged seating

    Seats are allocated at check-in, but can be reserved too for a fee. Extra legroom seats can also be reserved.

    Passenger change details

    Changes can be made via the Manage My Booking page. There are fees, which are explained during the process.

    Child fares

    Child discount fares are offered and vary depending on the specific travel arrangements. For infants under two years of age on the date of their return flight, a charge of £29 (or £60 for long-haul flights) applies. Seats and In-flight meals are not provided for children under the age of two.

    Senior fares



    Pets are carried in the hold. To arrange for the carriage of your pets please contact the Cargo department on 0208 564 5584 or email:

    Carrying musical instruments

    Standard baggage allowances apply. A separate seat can be purchased to carry a large or fragile instrument with advance approval from Reservations.

    In-flight service

    Meals and drinks are available to purchase on shorter flights. The meal service on long-haul flights (seven hours and longer) is complimentary.

    Air miles


    Airline food link

    See photographs of actual meals and read reviews from fellow flyers at

    In-flight magazine

    The in-flight magazine is the Thomson Airways publication.

    Airline alliances


    Airline overview

    First Choice is the trading name of TUI UK Limited, which is part of the TUI Travel PLC Group of companies. TUI is the leading leisure travel company in the UK with expertise in sun holidays and charter flights.

    Thomson Airways is First Choice's airline and it carries more than six million holidaymakers each year to more than 80 destinations from 26 airports around the UK. It also provides flights for 80 tour operators and for clients that range from HM Government to Manchester United.

    This guide provides information for passengers booking flights with First Choice.