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About TUI Airways

TUI Airways is the British airline arm of the German travel group TUI and headquartered in Luton. Founded in 2005 as Thomsonfly the airline offered scheduled and charter flights to holiday destinations. After merging with First Choice Airlines and holiday group Thomsonfly rebranded into Thomson Airways and dissolving the First Choice branding. Finally, announced in 2015 the airline was to undergo a further rebrand, bringing it in line with the rest of TUI, their brand and airlines and so became TUI Airways. They are also a constituent member of TUI Group's TUI Airlines "alliance."

Like the rest of the airlines within the TUI group, TUI Airways operates as a dual charter and schedule airline. Their route portfolio drastically increases during busy holiday periods to cater to holidaymakers travelling to destinations in Europe and internationally, so use our flight search tool to see where you can fly with them! Being a leisure airline, to better cater to their nationwide clientele the airline doesn't have 1 single hub base of operations as seen with other UK airlines such as British Airways but has numerous across the UK offering a diverse route network. The airline operates a young and fuel-efficient fleet of aircraft, utilising both the Boeing 737 Max aircraft as well as the Boeing 787 fleet for long-haul routes.

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TUI Airways operates to numerous European and International destinations. Some of their current route portfolio is seasonal, meaning that they only operate to this destination at certain times of the year and not year-round. The airline's most popular routes include Alicante, Malaga, Tenerife and many more. As recently as octubre 2021 the airline operated to the following locations:

País CITY Aeropuerto
Aruba Oranjestad Queen Beatrix International Airport
Austria Innsbruck Innsbruck Airport
Salzburg Salzburg Airport
Barbados Bridgetown Grantley Adams International Airport
Bulgaria Burgas Burgas Airport
Sofía Sofia Airport
Varna Varna Airport
Cape Verde Boa Vista Aristides Pereira International Airport
Sal Amílcar Cabral International Airport
Costa Rica Liberia Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport
Croacia Dubrovnik Dubrovnik Airport
Pula Pula Airport
División Split Airport
Cuba Varadero Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport
Chipre Larnaca Larnaca International Airport
Pafos Paphos International Airport
Denmark Copenhague Copenhagen Airport
Dominican Republic Punta Cana Punta Cana International Airport
Egypt Hurghada Hurghada International Airport
Sharm El Sheikh Sharm El Sheikh International Airport
Finland Helsinki Helsinki Airport
Ivalo Ivalo Airport
Kittilä Kittilä Airport
Kuusamo Kuusamo Airport
Rovaniemi Rovaniemi Airport
France Chambéry Chambéry Airport
Grecia Chania Chania International Airport
Corfu Corfu International Airport
Heraklion Heraklion International Airport
Kavala Kavala International Airport
Kefalonia Kefalonia International Airport
Kos Kos International Airport
Preveza/Lefkada Aktion National Airport
Rhodes Rhodes International Airport
Samos Samos International Airport
Santorini Santorini (Thira) International Airport
Skiathos Skiathos International Airport
Thessaloniki Thessaloniki International Airport
Zakynthos Zakynthos International Airport
Iceland Reykjavik Keflavik International Airport
India Goa Dabolim Airport
Ireland (Republic) Dublin Dublin Airport
Cork Cork Airport
Italia Lamezia Terme Lamezia Terme International Airport
Naples Naples International Airport
Olbia Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport
Turin Turin Airport
Verona Verona Villafranca Airport
Jamaica Montego Bay Sangster International Airport
Malta Luqa Malta International Airport
Méjico Cancún Cancún International Airport
Puerto Vallarta Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport
Morocco Agadir Agadir–Al Massira Airport
Marrakech Marrakesh Menara Airport
Noruega Oslo Oslo Gardermoen Airport
Portugal Faro Faro Airport
Funchal Madeira Airport
Porto Santo Porto Santo Airport
Santa Lucía Santa Lucía Hewanorra International Airport
Senegal Dakar Blaise Diagne International Airport
Spain Alicante Alicante-Elche Airport
Almería Almería Airport
Fuerteventura Fuerteventura Airport
Girona Girona–Costa Brava Airport
Ibiza Ibiza Airport
Jerez de la Frontera Jerez Airport
Lanzarote Lanzarote Airport
Las Palmas Gran Canaria Airport
Mahón Menorca Airport
Málaga Málaga Airport
Palma de Mallorca Palma de Mallorca Airport
Reus Reus Airport
Santa Cruz de la Palma La Palma Airport
Tenerife Tenerife-South Airport
Suecia Gothenburg Göteborg Landvetter Airport
Stockholm Stockhom Arlanda Airport
Tailandia Krabi Krabi International Airport
Phuket Phuket International Airport
The Gambia Banjul Banjul International Airport
Túnez Enfidha Enfidha–Hammamet International Airport
Turkey Antalya Antalya Airport
Bodrum Milas–Bodrum Airport
Dalaman Dalaman Airport
Izmir İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport
Reino Unido Aberdeen Aberdeen Airpor
Belfast Belfast International Airport
Birmingham Birmingham Airport
Bristol Bristol Airport
Cardiff Cardiff Airport
Doncaster/Sheffield Doncaster Sheffield Airport
Teeside Teeside International Airport
East Midlands East Midlands Airport
Edinburgh Edinburgh airport
Exeter Exeter Airport
Glasgow Glasgow Airport
Kingston upon Hull Humberside Airport
Leeds/Bradford Leeds Bradford Airport
London Gatwick Airport
Luton Airport
Stansted Airport
Manchester Manchester Airport
Newcastle upon Tyne Newcastle International Airport
Norwich Norwich Airport
Southampton Southampton Airport
United States of America Orlando Orlando Sanford International Airport

Equipaje permitido

Hand Baggage

TUI Airways allow you to bring up to 10kg (22.04lbs) of cabin baggage free of charge, however, this does not include infants. The item of baggage must not be over the dimensions of 55x40x20cm or it may be denied boarding and forced to pay charges to check the item in. You must also be able to put the luggage into the overhead storage bins unaided.

Equipaje Facturado

Checked baggage depends on your class of travel, length of the flight and whether the itinerary is flight only or part of a package holiday. If you are only booking a flight with TUI then you do not receive any included baggage and must pay for this. You can add baggage to your booking with Alternative Airlines. But if travelling in their premium club class then you are allowed 23kg (50.7lbs) of checked baggage.

Clase Económica

The airline offers an economy class cabin across all of their aircraft, offering different service products depending on the flight. On short-haul routes, economy passengers can purchase food and drink from the onboard restaurant. There isn't any entertainment included so make sure you bring something to keep you occupied! If travelling on longer flights then you receive a bit more luxury. You will receive a pillow and blanket on night flights, a 3-course meal with free beverages including alcohol and a personal seat-back tv screen with a whole host of entertainment. Seat pitch on short-haul flights will be 28" (71.12cm) but when travelling on the airline's Dreamliner you can relax in a generous 32" (81.28cm) pitch. SHort haul cabins are laid out in 3x3 but on the Dreamliner, you can expect this to be 3x3x3 across.

Premier Club

Premier club is the airlines take on premium economy, offering a whole host of additional benefits. Starting from before departure you will be able to make use of a dedicated check-in area to skip the economy queues, you can then be fast-tracked through UK security where you can relax and wait for your flight in included luxurious airport lounge. Once it's time to board, you will be the first passengers to board the aircraft and be treated to a pre-departure welcome drink whilst embarkation is underway. The premium service doesn't stop there, enjoy a complimentary 4-course meal served with glassware, metal cutlery and china plates, adding, even more, touches of luxury! All food and beverages including alcohol are included for premier club passengers. Sit and sip your drink whilst watching complimentary in-flight entertainment on a personal seatback tv screen with premium noise-reducing headphones. Travelling on a night flight? You'll be given a plump pillow and duvet to help get a good night sleep, wake up and refresh yourself with a complimentary amenity kit provided by Rituals. Upon arriving you will also be the first passengers to disembark the aircraft, adding that final touch of luxury! Seats aboard the Dreamliner are laid out in 2x3x2 with a pitch of 38" (96.52cm) making it easy for you to spread out, get comfortable and enjoy the flight.


TUI Airways currently doesn't offer wi-fi onboard its aircraft, both long-haul and short-haul.

Información de registro

The airline recommends that you check-in online and drop your bags of (if applicable) when arriving at the airport to speed up processing times. However, you don't have to check-in online and can still do so at the airport on the day. TUI Airways notes that they reserve the right to charge a fee for this service if necessary, so do bear that in mind when choosing how you check-in.

Programa de viajero frecuente

The airline doesn't have a frequent flier program for you to subscribe to or join.

Airline Alliances

TUI Airways is not part of any airline alliance group, however, as it is owned and part of the wider TUI Group it has partnerships and alliances with its sister airlines TUIfly Deutschland, TUIfly Nordic, TUIfly Netherlands and TUIfly Belgium.

Aeropuerto Principal

As TUI Airways operates out of numerous UK airports to a wide range of destinations they don't operate out of one hub airport as seen with other airlines such as British Airways. However, the airline does have a large base of operations with a diverse route network from London Gatwick, London Luton and Manchester airports.


TUI Airways operates 3 aircraft types within its fleet, all Boeing aircraft. On their short-haul routes, the airline utilises their B737-800 and B737max 8 aircraft, they also have the max 10 variant on order for the near future. When travelling slightly further afield to places such as Cape Verde the airline operates a B767-300ER, which is anticipated to slowly be phased out of operations for the younger and more fuel-efficient 787 Dreamliner. The airline currently uses both the B787-8 as well as the -9 model with one left to be delivered to the airline.

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There are numerous other airlines that you could also choose to fly with, operating to similar destinations. Air Transat, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic are great alternatives on long haul routes. Whereas Jet2, Wizz Air, Easyjet or Ryanair could be suitable substitutes on short-haul and European routes.

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