The Thomas Cook Group is ending free luggage allowances on flight-only bookings made through the group.

The new rules come in on March 2 and will end the current ruling which allows customers to put luggage of up to 15kg in the hold free of charge.

nstead the passengers who have bought flight-only tickets will have to pay £8 each way on a short haul flight and £15 each way on a long haul flight to stow luggage weighing up to 20kg in the hold.

Only customers buying a package holiday from the operator will be exempt from the changes.

Customers wishing to avoid the charges and travel with their luggage will instead be liable to excess luggage allowances set by the airline servicing the booked flight.

The charge will be mandatory for customers booking within four days of departure.

A Thomas Cook Group spokesman said: “”This change to charges is in line with the flight-only market.”