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THOMAS COOK AIRLINES LAUNCH LONG HAUL ECONOMY LIGHT FARES

16 OCTOBER 2018 - London, UK – Thomas Cook Airlines is launching ‘Economy Light’ fares on its long-haul routes.

The fares, available with Thomas Cook Airlines in the UK and Condor in Germany, are the lowest and most competitively priced flights fares that the airline will offer. Economy, Premium and Business (Condor only) fares remain the same.

On the example of Manchester to New York, Economy Light would start from £299.99 return and Economy, £359.99 return.

Economy Light fares include a 6kg cabin bag as well as a personal item (such as a handbag). Light fares do not include any hold baggage and check-in is online only. Customers can choose to tailor their flight and add extras as they wish. The on-board experience remains the same for all Economy customers, meaning all can enjoy signature James Martin meals and inflight entertainment.

Henry Sunley, Commercial Director at Thomas Cook Airlines says, “We wanted to ensure that we provide fares that support the different needs of our customers, which can differ from trip to trip. Economy Light offers an option for those customers who want less amenities for their journey but want to benefit from fantastic cost savings.

“They are the first fares that we have introduced on a pan-European scale across Thomas Cook Group Airline for our seat-only business.”

Economy Light fares will be available online at thomascookairlines.com and through participating retailers for selected long-haul flights from 1 November 2018. Customers can expect fares such as Manchester to New York return from £299.99 return.

Alongside the launch of Economy Light, Thomas Cook Airlines in the UK is also introducing a ‘Flex’ option to its Economy fares for customers who want more flexibility with their booking. Adding Flex turns a non-refundable fare into a flexible ticket that allows cancellations and removes penalties and charges for date and route changes.

Sunley adds, “Economy Flex fares have been available with Condor for a number of years and are a great option for business and leisure travellers alike. We believe that our UK customers will welcome the chance to add extra flexibility to their trip if they wish to.

“With Economy Light and the option to add flexibility with Economy Flex, we are providing more choice than ever for our customers.”

Fares at a glance:

ECONOMY LIGHT

ECONOMY

ECONOMY FLEX

Cancellation

Up to 24 hours before departure

Non refundable

Non refundable

SH: £35 pp one-way

MH: £50 pp one-way

LH: £100 pp one-way

At/After 24 hours before departure

Non refundable

Non refundable

Non refundable

Changes

Date and route

Not permitted

Fare difference plus:

SH: £35 pp one-way

MH: £50 pp one-way

LH: £100 pp one-way

Fare difference

Booking name

Not permitted

Not permitted

Fare difference

Check-In

Online

Mandatory

Optional

Optional

Airport

Fee applies

Free of charge

Free of charge

Baggage

Hold

Not included

1 x 23KG USA

1 x 20KG all other

1 x 23KG USA

1 x 20KG all other

Cabin

Personal item +

1 x hand luggage up to 6KG

Personal item +

1 x hand luggage up to 6KG

Personal item +

1 x hand luggage up to 6KG

Seat selection

Fee applies

Fee applies (free of charge within 24 hours of departure)

Fee applies (free of charge within 24 hours of departure)

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About Thomas Cook Group Airline

Thomas Cook Group Airline, part of Thomas Cook Group plc, is one of Europe’s leading leisure airlines, operating from the three source markets Germany, UK and the Nordic countries. With a fleet of 100 aircraft, the airline carries 18.5m customers per year to more than 130 destinations, generating revenues of £3.2bn. Its 8,500 employees put the customer at the heart of everything they do. The airline has received more than 60 awards in the past five years, showing the passion and customer focus of its colleagues around the world.

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