Bookings made from Wednesday 4th March will incur a ‘small charge’ for putting luggage in the hold say Thomas Cook airlines.

The company, in line with other airlines such as Monarch, Thomson and Easy jet, will be introducing a separate charge for items of luggage placed in the hold of the aircraft.

For short haul flights, such as those to Dalaman, the charge will be 8 GBP (10 Euro) for each item of luggage placed in the hold.

The new charges are applicable to bookings made from the 4th March.

In a statement on their website the company say:

“For all flight only bookings, booked from the 4th March 2009, no free allowance will be provided for checked in luggage (Hold luggage).

Passengers will still receive 5kg of hand luggage free on all flights.

Any passengers wishing to check in luggage, up to 20kg, can do so for a small fee.

Passengers who are booked in Premium will be provided with a hold luggage allowance of 30kg and a hand luggage allowance of 5kg.

You can now add hold luggage by passenger, which was not possible before. So, for example, if you have four passengers on the booking and only two wish to check in hold luggage then this can be added.

This cannot be done, however by flight, so if you have passengers on a return flight the baggage is added for both the outbound and inbound flights.

If passengers have not pre booked hold luggage before they travel they will be charged per bag at check in.”

We wonder how many more ‘wonderful extras’ the budget airlines can add to their basic price?

Wonder no more. Just look to the pioneers of budget airline travel Ryan Air for one possibility.

They have let it be known that they are thinking of charging passengers to use the aircraft toilet!