Sports Equipment and other Baggage

Sports equipment

Planning an active break and want to take your own sporting equipment with you? Arrange carriage before you fly to take advantage of the best prices and guarantee space on the flight.

Transporting sports equipment

All Thomas Cook Group Airlines transport one of the sports equipment items listed below per passenger at the stated price in the tables found here. All additional sports equipment items will be charged the regular excess baggage fee per kilo and must be transported separately. 

Item/s that are not pre-purchased will be charged excess baggage fees and are subject to load and cannot be guaranteed. The carriage of sporting equipment on transfer coaches are subject to space and extra charges may apply.

Group A


Golf clubs (full sets) can be pre-purchased prior to travel. Prices are per person and all clubs must be suitably packed and not exceed 20kg in weight per person. Due to weight restrictions we can only carry a limited number of golf clubs and other sporting equipment on each flight. 

Diving gear (separately packed)

Scuba diving equipment up to 20 kg weight can be pre-purchased prior to travel. Prices are per person and equipment should be pack separately from other baggage as it may need to be checked at check-in.

Scuba tanks are only conveyed if empty with open valves. Taking diving lights on board in carry-on baggage must be reported to the check-in staff. Deactivated diving lights (the bulb and rechargeable battery must be removed).

Passengers with a valid PADI/BSAC certificate
If you have pre-purchased your scuba diving equipment and you hold a valid PADI/BSAC certificate which must be presented at the check in desk, you will be entitled to an additional 5 kg weight allowance, free of charge. The additional 5 kg will be added at the check in desk.

Sporting firearms

Firearms of up to 20 kg in weight (treated as excess baggage thereafter) must be carried in the hold of the aircraft. Prices are per person. You must carry the necessary license with you. Sporting firearms will only be transported in safety mode and unloaded in commercially available sporting firearms cases. Up to three firearms in one case. A maximum of 5 kg of ammunition can be carried separately from the firearm. Pre-booking is required.

Fishing equipment

You can take up to 20 kg of fishing equipment with you to include either one bait box, one haversack, one fishing basket or one box per flight. Catch is not included in fishing equipment.

For further information, please call Pre-Travel Services on 01733 224 810 (Monday – Saturday 09:00 – 17:30) who will be able to advice you on the availability and the cost for adding this sporting equipment.

Skis and water-skis

You can take skis and water-skis with you up to a maximum weight of 15 kg and dimensions of: length 250 cm x width 40 cm x height 30 cm.

Group B


If you’re planning on cycling while you’re on holiday, you can take your own bike with you up to 30kgs in weight. 

Surf boards, kite boards, para/hand gliders, body and boogie boards

Up to 30 kg, max. dimensions: 350 cm length x 70 cm width x 40 cm height.** Comprising 1 board + 1 mast + 1 sail or for kiteboards max. 2 boards, 3 kites, bar/harness and neoprene wetsuit all packed in 1 piece of baggage.

Canoe, kayak, inflatable rubber dinghy

Canoes of up to a maximum of 30 kg in weight can be carried. Prices are per person. Maximum length for canoe is 12 ft or 3.65 metres.

Hand glider

Up to 30 kg, max. dimensions: 400 cm length x 70 cm width x 55 cm height.**

Other sporting equipment

Any other sporting equipment (e.g. tennis, squash and badminton equipment, inline skates, archery bows, horse riding equipment, mountaineering equipment) not listed can also be included in your baggage allowance. For baggage that exceeds the stated allowance, excess baggage charges will apply. 

Charges will apply both from the UK and overseas destinations at the equivalent local currency if not stated as below:

  • Zone 1: £10.00 per kilo
  • Zone 2: £12.00 per kilo
  • Zones 3 & 4: £16 per kilo 

Subject to change without prior notice. Please consult your travel agency for the latest guidelines.

** Surcharge per flight (one-way) over 350 cm length: Zone 1 and 2 – £85.00/€100.00; Zone 3 to 5 – £125.00/ €150.00.

Regulations for flights operated by other airlines

Additional regulations may apply if you fly on airlines other than Thomas Cook Airlines, e.g. if feeder or connecting flights are operated by other airlines.