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Aer Lingus: Free or €30/40

Short haul Flights within Europe

·         The maximum weight allowable for carriage of sports equipment is 23kg / 50lb.

·         Sports Equipment is subject to a fee of €30 or equivalent payable online prior to departure; or a fee of €40 or equivalent payable through our reservations centre or at the airport on the day of departure.

http://www.aerlingus.com/travelinformation/baggageinformation/

Air France: €55 from Zone 1/2 to €100 for Zone 4

  • Bicycles and tandems can be transported in the hold with prior authorization by phone from our sales department.
  • Bicycles and tandems that you may transport cannot exceed a weight of 23 kg / 50 lb per item

http://www.airfrance.co.uk/GB/en/common/guidevoyageur/pratique/bagage_equipement_sport_airfrance.htm

British Airways: Free

Short haul Flights within Europe

  • Many types of sports equipment can be carried as part of your free checked baggage allowance
  • We will only accept sporting equipment if it is packed appropriately (to avoid damage) and meets the given size and weight restrictions. Items over 23kg may incur a heavy bag charge

http://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/baggage-essentials/sporting-goods-and-musical-instruments

Flybe: From €20

  • We accept the carriage of bicycles on a stand-by basis only. Carriage will thus only take place if there is sufficient space available in the hold and is subject to a fee.

https://www.flybe.com/baggage/exceptional-baggage.htm

Lufthansa: Free

Short haul Flights within Europe

  • The sports equipment in question within the maximum weight restrictions of 32 kg** per piece.
  • Please note that you need to register sports baggage under the reservation hotline preferably within 24 hours after you have made your booking. Because of limited capacities and different regulations with partner airlines, we cannot definitely guarantee for your booking that special or excess baggage will be accepted.
  • In general, sporting equipment is treated like any other baggage. Thus, sporting equipment is included in the Free Baggage Allowance (FBA) if the respective limitations are not exceeded.

http://www.lufthansa.com/online/portal/lh/uk/info_and_services/baggage?nodeid=3331156&l=en&cid=1000243#ancAbT3

Monarch: £25.00 (GBP) / €31,00 (EUR) per item, each way when you pay on arrival at check-in

  • The Pre-book online or over the phone & save £5.00 on the pay at check-in price.
  • Sports Equipment (including bag) up to 20kg

http://www.monarch.co.uk/faq/flights/baggage/sports-equipment-charter

Thompson Flights: €30

  • f you’re taking sports equipment with you, you’ll need to call us at least 2 months before you travel on 0871 231 4787 to pre-book it onto your flight. Calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras. If you don’t pre-book, we may refuse to carry your equipment when you get to the airport.
  • Shorthaul and midhaul flights: £13 or €16 per kilogram.
  • Longhaul flights: £18 or $27 per kilogram.

http://www.thomson.co.uk/editorial/legal/baggage-allowance.html#sportsequipment

Virgin Atlantic: Free

·         please note that the weight limit for qualifying items is 23kg – if your item exceeds this you’ll need to pay an additional baggage 

http://www.virgin-atlantic.com/gb/en/travel-information/baggage/sports-equipment.html