Thomson Airways

Thomson AirwaysThomson Airways ( operates scheduled and charter flights from cities across the UK and Ireland to destinations in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. A subsidiary of West Sussex-based TUI Travel PLC, Thomson is one of the world's largest charter airlines.

About Thomson Airways

Thomson Airways is headquartered at Wigmore House, which is adjacent to Luton Airport. The airline's largest base of operations is London's Gatwick Airport. Other important bases include Manchester and Birmingham airports, although Thomson Airways aircraft are based at several airports across the United Kingdom. Thomson is the UK's third largest airline by total passengers, after EasyJet and British Airways. With a fleet of 77 aircraft, the airline flies to more than 80 destinations around the world and serves more than 10 million passengers each year. Thomson Airways' fleet consists of Boeing 737-800, 757-200, 767-300ER and 787-8 aircraft. The airline flies under the call sign "Tomson", the IATA airline designator code BY, and the ICAO designator TOM.


Formerly known as Euravia when it was first established, Thomson Airways has been operating under various names since 1962. In 1964, the airline was renamed to Britannia Airways. In 1989, Britannia merged with East Midlands-based Orion Airways. By 2005, the airline was rebranded once more and began flying under the Thomsonfly name. Following the merger of Thomsonfly with First Choice Airways in 2007, Thomson Airways was formally launched in 2008. At the time of the merger, First Choice Airways served more than 60 destinations around the world. As Thomson Airways, the two TUI Travel airlines emerged as the world's largest charter airline. In 2013, Thomson Airways became the first airline in the UK to operate the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.


Thomson Airways operates scheduled and charter flights from 24 UK airports, including Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, Manchester, Birmingham, East Midlands, Glasgow, Bristol, Cardiff, Newcastle, Leeds Bradford International, Doncaster Sheffield and Durham Tees Valley airports. Scheduled services as of March 2014 include destinations in Africa, the Americas, Europe and Asia. Thomson Airways operates flights to Aruba, Barbados, Cape Verde, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Egypt, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Mexico, and the United States. European destinations include Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Finland, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, and Spain.

Classes of Service

On Short-haul and mid-haul flights, Thomson Airways offers a one-class cabin configuration. Snacks and beverages may be purchased on board. Seats with additional legroom may also be purchased. On long-haul flights, Thomson offers its Economy Club class with 33-inch seat pitch and personal TV. Complimentary hot meals and snacks are served, with additional menu items also available for purchase. Premium Club is Thomson's premium economy class on long-haul services. This dedicated cabin features wider seats with a 36- to 37-inch seat pitch and personal TV. Premium Club passengers are served upgraded meals and are provided with a free amenity kit.

Head Office Address

Thomson Airways
Wigmore House
Wigmore Place
Wigmore Lane