Direct Flights to Goa from London: My Honest Unbiased Review of Thomas Cook Airlines
Direct Flights to Goa from London: My Honest, Unbiased Review of Thomas Cook Airlines Goa to London Direct Flights
After a few years living in Goa I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve flown from London to Goa. Normally I fly to Goa outside of the tourist season when there are no direct flights to Goa from London. I always search on Skyscanner first to find the cheapest and best deal and my preferred airlines are (in this order) :
– Qatar, changing in Doha, because Qatar usually have a really short layover, huge luggage allowance. good food and entertainment options they are my favourite.
– Oman Air, changing in Muscat (but usually a few hours layover)
– If the other options are expensive then I’ll go with Air India , changing in Delhi or Mumbai.
But during the tourist season (Nov – April) there are direct flights to Goa from London! 🙂 From both London and Manchester flying with package tour operator Thomas Cook Airlines. I just took a quick trip to visit family in the UK in January and it was the first time I had the opportunity to take this direct flight between Goa and London with Thomas Cook.
I know that a lot of people taking a holiday to Goa are interested in direct flights to Goa from London so I thought I would share a quick review of my experience flying with Thomas Cook airlines from Goa direct to London Gatwick.
(Btw I went as a normal passenger I did not get the flight for free and was not compensated for this review but if you do find my blog helpful and want to to book I have used affiliate links in the post so I can earn a small commission if you decide to book through my blog links at no extra cost to you 🙂
Direct Flights to Goa from London: Flying with Thomas Cook Airlines
Thomas Cook do great value package holidays to Goa, starting from around only £600 including flights, transfers and 14 nights accommodation. Check out the latest Goa package holidays deals here. But did you know that even if you are not taking a package holiday in Goa you can still just book one of Thomas Cooks direct flights to Goa from London Gatwick or Manchester airport. You can book Thomas Cook flights online here
I took MT 2615 flight which left Goa on Thursday night/ Friday morning at 01.55 am meaning that you still get a whole day to enjoy Goa and I also found that the night flight time meant that my taxi had a traffic free run to the airport and it was easy to sleep on the flight and I not having to worry about waking up to change planes for once was a luxury!
Thomas Cook Airlines have direct flights to Goa from London 3 times a week. They fly to Goa Dabolim Airport (GOI) 3 times a week on Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday at 9.15 am from London Gatwick. The direct flight time is 9 hours 20 mins, arriving in Goa at 00.05. (Don’t worry there’s taxi’s 24 hours at Goa airport)
They fly back to London 3 times a week on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays but be aware that the flight is at 01.55 am so remember that you actually have to leave for the airport the night before. Don’t get confused with the dates and miss your flight like some of my friends did! The direct flight time going back is 10.50 mins direct to London Gatwick, arriving at 07.15 am.
Booking, prices and extras
Thomas Cook Airlines offer competitive deals for package holidays to Goa and for flights only and its easy to book online on the website. Prices depend on dates ( around Christmas and New Year the flights are crazy expensive) but you can find direct flights to Goa from London with Thomas Cook Airlines from only £370 return outside peak season. You can also book one way flights – one way from London to Goa starts at £170 or one way from Goa to London can be as low as only £100! I booked my flight 2 weeks before I travelled and paid £159.99 one way from Goa to London.
Included in the price is 20 kg checked in luggage and 7 kg hand luggage and meals and limited entertainment are also included. There is the option to go economy class and also premium class but I did not get to experience what premium class is like.
The aircraft, entertainment and staff
I was really impressed by the aircraft – an Airbus A330 which was clean, modern and in really good condition. I’m tall but didn’t feel too cramped in the economy seat. It was also cool how there were 4/ 5 toilets downstairs which meant no annoying queues of people waiting in the aisles for the toilet.
All the staff were British and were really friendly and helpful. Each seat has a swish new touchscreen entertainment system, the only downside is that the entrainment is limited – there were only 5 movies and 5 TV shows that you can watch for free or you can pay £5 to upgrade to the premium entertainment package. I also always bring a tablet with me when I fly with all my favourite shows, movies, books, games and music anyway.
Thomas Cook Airlines promote that their inflight meals in partnership with celebrity chef James Martin. Due to the flight timing (take off was at 01.55 am ) only a hot cheese and tomato panini, crisps, biscuit and tea and coffee were served after takeoff. Then they went around with drinks service but most people were asleep by that time. Unlike on Jet Airways, Qatar, Air India etc who provide complimentary soft and alcoholic drinks throughout the flight alcoholic drinks and extra drinks and snacks are available on Thomas Cook Airlines but are chargeable although the prices were quite reasonable for an airline.
In the morning a full cooked breakfast was served which included scrambled egg, sausage, bacon, potato and baked beans, orange juice, yoghurt, muffin and tea and coffee were served which was pretty yummy for airline food although I couldn’t eat all of it as even though I’d pre ordered a vegetarian meal when they served the meal I had gone to the bathroom and they had served my a non vegetarian meal and when I realised this and complained they didn’t have any vegetarian meals left which was disappointing.
It was refreshing to just relax and not have to change planes. I slept most of the way after the meal and 1 movie (and I find I really hard to sleep on planes) and we landed at Gatwick at 07.15 am I collected my baggage and did all formalities quickly and I was reunited with my family before I knew it!
So I will be recommending Thomas Cook Airlines direct flights to Goa from London to my family when they next come to visit and I enjoyed my experience flying with Thomas Cook Airlines.
Hi, I’m Anna, I'm a dreamer, nomad and travel addict from England. I left the UK in Dec 2012 and have been traveling around India, South East Asia, Australia and Europe independently and on a budget ever since. Now I want to show you how to make travel your lifestyle too. Want to know more ...