Thomas Cook Airlines’ rapidly expanding US network took another leap forward today with the announcement of direct flights from Manchester to San Francisco. The seats are available to book from Tuesday 6th September for flights beginning in May 2017.
The new Manchester to San Francisco route represents further progress with Thomas Cook’s strategy to expand its successful long-haul offering and become the preferred carrier for long haul flights from the North of England.
The new route joins flights to Los Angeles and Boston launched in 2016, and New York and Miami in 2015. In addition to the new route, frequencies to Los Angeles will also increase from two to three flights per week, with Boston jumping from two to four flights per week.
Customers can also connect to around 90 North American and Caribbean cities, thanks to agreements with partner carriers.
Thomas Cook has seen a surge in flights and holidays to the USA. Passenger numbers to the US on Thomas Cook’s UK airline have more than trebled in the last two years, and almost one million Thomas Cook customers will have flown to the US from across Europe during this year’s winter and summer seasons – an increase of 40% year-on-year.
Thomas Cook’s Chief Airlines Officer, Christoph Debus, said: “It’s never been so easy for our customers to reach top US destinations. With seven direct US routes from Manchester, five of which we have launched in the last three years, we’re making good progress with our strategy to grow our long-haul network.”
“It’s also great news for the North of England as not only can passengers reach the stunning scenery of Northern California direct, they are also connected with the booming business hub of Silicon Valley.”
Ken O'Toole, CEO of Manchester Airport, said: "We are pleased that Thomas Cook Airlines continues to grow from Manchester Airport and look forward to working closely with them in future as they expand further.
"The addition of a new San Francisco service and increased frequency on the existing Los Angeles and Boston routes means there will be more than 2.2m seats on sale between Manchester and the States in the coming year.
"That represents growth of more than 25% over two years, with more seats added at Manchester than at any of the other top 25 airports in Europe, cementing our position as the global gateway for the North."
Local Conservative MP for Altrincham and Sale West, Graham Brady, said “I am delighted that Thomas Cook have announced a new route between Manchester and the USA. It will be good news for my constituents who value having a top class airport on their doorstep. Manchester Airport opens up a world of possibilities and the new route will be especially welcome. This direct route from Manchester to San Francisco links two vibrant cities with great opportunities for trade and leisure.”
Local MP for Manchester Airport Mike Kane MP said: ““Connecting to the world economy has never been more important. This is clearly great news for Manchester and the North and I would like to congratulate all those who have helped secure this route”
Thomas Cook Airlines is also launching London Gatwick-Cape Town flights in December 2016, while sister airline, Condor, has also expanded its direct flight to the US from Germany in the last two years to include Austin, Portland, New Orleans and San Diego.
Direct flights to San Francisco from Manchester Airport start on 14th May 2017 with departures on from Manchester on Thursdays and Sunday. Economy seats are available from £489.98 return for economy and £689.98 Premium class.