Thomas Cook Airlines, part of the Thomas Cook Group, has today confirmed its ongoing commitment to Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands Airports through extension of its agreements for a further five years at each airport. To celebrate the commitment to Manchester Airport, the airline has also today announced new routes with two flights a week to both Los Angeles and Boston from May 2016 – the only routes to these iconic US cities from outside London, building on the airlines’ new routes to New York (JFK) and Miami which began with inaugural flights last weekend on the newly refurbished A330 fleet displaying the airlines new livery.
With the added news of an additional Airbus A330 long haul aircraft in 2016, Thomas Cook Airlines is now the biggest long haul carrier at Manchester Airport, having the largest number of wide-body long haul aircraft - a fleet of six operating from Manchester will serve six US destinations, more than any other airline. As well as Los Angeles and Boston from 2016, existing routes increase in frequency too – New York increase to six flights a week, Orlando becomes a daily service in the peak season in summer 2016 and Las Vegas increase to up to six flights a week. In addition to the airlines’ Caribbean routes launched in 2013, Thomas Cook Airlines has now further established Manchester as its long haul base and route connection hub from Europe to the USA - feeder flights are available from a range of UK regional airports with Flybe, and from across Europe with SAS and Lufthansa.
Commenting on the extension of the partnership and new routes, Christoph Debus, Chief Airlines and Hotels Officer for Thomas Cook Group, said, “We are incredibly proud to have the largest non-stop route network from Manchester Airport, with 15 long haul destinations including six to the USA - more long haul routes than any other carrier from Manchester. Based on our relationship with Manchester Airports Group, we will continue to grow passenger numbers by over 20 per cent, including further developing our long haul network by 50 per cent in summer 2016.
With Manchester as a hub for our airlines across Europe as a gateway to the USA, today’s announcement of new routes to Los Angeles and Boston is great news for our customers with even more choice from outside London.” Ken O’Toole, Managing Director of Manchester Airport, said: "MAG has a very strong relationship with Thomas Cook Airlines, and the expansion at Manchester continues to confirm the airport as the UKs global gateway from the North. “The announcement of services to Los Angeles and Boston, which makes Manchester the only airport outside of London to offer them, complements Thomas Cook's recent launches of New York and Miami. With over 22m people living within our two hour catchment, two full length runways and all-time record passenger numbers, Manchester Airport is, and will continue to have, the available capacity and demand to meet the needs of our catchment that extends as far north as Scotland and South to the Midlands.” The airline confirmed last year that it is introducing long haul services at London Stansted this summer with flights to Cancun, Las Vegas and Orlando from July, and has committed to retaining its current flight programme from East Midlands Airport. Short haul customers from Manchester are also benefitting from increased choice through more flights representing a capacity increase of 50,000 in 2015 by the addition of a further short haul aircraft – one of the airlines’ brand new A321 fleet. Flights to Antalya in Turkey will increase from four times per week to daily this summer with further increases on flights to Bodrum, Corfu, Dalaman, Faro, Larnaca, Palma, Paphos Sharm el Sheik, Skiathos and Tenerife. Thomas Cook Airlines agreement with Manchester Airports Group, for a further five years from 1 November 2014, will see the airline grow the number of seats on offer across MAG’s airports by 15% - including a 21% increase at Manchester - compared to figures in 2013.
Editor’s notes: Thomas Cook Airlines UK
Thomas Cook Airlines UK (TCX) is part of the Thomas Cook Group and operates from up to 20 airports across the UK, carrying 6.7m passengers to over 50 short-, medium- and long haul airports with over 200 holiday destinations including North America, the Caribbean Sea and India, as well as resorts across Europe. With over 2,500 employees across its 10 UK bases and at its head office and maintenance operations at Manchester Airport, the airline has a fleet of 32 (S15) Airbus and Boeing narrow and wide body aircraft.
The first of nine new Airbus A321 now in operation joined the fleet in December 2013 with four more arriving in spring 2016. As well as carrying Thomas Cook package holiday customers, the airline retails seat only sales on all of its flights – for more information visit www.thomascookairlines.com. Thomas Cook Group Airlines includes Thomas Cook Airlines UK , Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium, Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia and Condor Flugdienst.
The Thomas Cook Group airlines carry 16.5m passengers per year, generating revenues of £2.8bn. The combined fleet consists of 90 (S15) aircraft and is currently undergoing a fleet renewal programme by integrating 25 brand new A321 and by modernising the cabin interiors of the remaining aircraft of the fleet by mid-2016.
Thomas Cook Airlines UK - A330 Fleet Announced in August 2014, the refurbishment of Thomas Cook Airlines UK A330 fleet is now complete and the aircraft are now taking holidaymakers to sunnier climes. Flying long haul routes to the Caribbean and the USA with its perception-changing cabin, the aircraft now features brand new Economy and Premium seats with a brand new long haul service.
The refurbishment of the fleet is part of a £100m investment in the Group Airlines fleet. Building on this renewal of its entire A330 fleet, the airline has signed an agreement to lease a further A330-200 aircraft - MSN948, a six year-old ex-Avianca Airlines aircraft - that will join the fleet after its own refurbishment in June 2015 and be registered G-TCXB. This new-to-Thomas Cook A330 will receive its brand new cabin and the new Thomas Cook Airlines Sunny Heart livery. The aircraft will have 314 seats, including 49 in a Premium cabin offering a fantastic service. With this latest addition to the Thomas Cook Airlines fleet for Summer 2015, there will seven A330 aircraft operating in the UK, with five in Manchester (also serving Belfast and Cardiff), one in Gatwick and the previously announced brand new A330 Air Tanker aircraft which will operate to the USA and Mexico from Glasgow and Stansted in the summer. The AirTanker A330 was delivered to Air Tanker from Airbus on 5 February 2015 for its conversion to a commercial passenger aircraft. The new cabin experience for customers on its Airbus A330 long haul fleet, with brand new Economy and Premium services, bring a great value product to long haul customers on flights from May 2015. To view a film of the new Thomas Cook Airlines cabins, click here. To view a time lapse of the refurbishment taking place click here. Thomas Cook Airlines UK – new long haul routes Thomas Cook Airlines UK launched new routes to the Caribbean (Antigua, Barbados and Saint Lucia) from Manchester in November 2013. In 2014, the airline announced new routes to JFK (three times a week) and Miami (twice a week) from Manchester starting in May 2015, new flights for Summer 15 also include school holiday summer flights from Stansted to Orlando, Cancun and Las Vegas as well as a new weekly service this summer from Glasgow to Las Vegas commencing on 4th May.
Thomas Cook Airlines will also take holidaymakers on five long haul flights from Belfast International Airport for Summer 2015 to Orlando and one to Las Vegas, the latter being the airlines’ first ever flight to Las Vegas from the airport. The airline will operate its first long haul flight for several years from Cardiff to Orlando on Friday 28th August 2015 for 14 nights duration. In 2016, Manchester flights to Los Angeles will operate on Mondays and Saturdays from early May 2016 until October, Boston on Monday and Friday from late May continuing over peak weeks during the summer months.