Thomas Cook Airlines, part of the Thomas Cook Group, has today confirmed its long haul flight programme for Summer 2016 and announced new routes and increased frequencies for its customers, on-board the airlines growing and refurbished long haul fleet. Flight seats for Summer 16 are now on sale and build on the airlines’ growing long haul summer programme in 2015, which sees the first flights to New York and Miami in May this year.
With prices to the USA from £399 return, the abolition of APD for the under 16’s is reflected in these great value offers. Building on the demand for flights to the USA from Manchester, New York increases to four days per week with the addition of Friday flights to JFK and Miami continuing on two days, with Orlando see an increase in the number of flights, including becoming a daily service during peak weeks next summer with up to eight departures a week. Cancun increases to four departures per week with the addition of a new Tuesday flight, and a second weekly flight to Punta Cana in Dominican Republic departs on Thursdays in summer 2016. With an additional Airbus A330 aircraft joining the Manchester fleet in 2015, and the completion of the airlines refurbishment of its existing long haul aircraft, Thomas Cook Airlines is now the biggest long haul carrier at Manchester Airport, having the largest number of long haul aircraft, serving the most non-stop long haul routes – with more to the USA than any other airline.
Commenting on the launch of summer 16 flight sales, Christoph Debus, Chief Airlines and Hotels Officer for Thomas Cook Group, said, “We are very proud to have the largest non-stop route network from Manchester Airport, the UK base of our airline and the long haul hub for our customers. Add to this a host of additional long haul frequencies from across the UK, and our investment in our long haul fleet, customers have even more choices for long haul holidays at great prices.”
From Glasgow Airport, customers will have even more travel options with more frequencies compared to 2015 to Las Vegas and Orlando. Flights to Las Vegas increase up to two per week during most weeks from May to October – meaning holidays with durations of three, four, 10 and 11 nights can be booked. Flights to Orlando increase to three per week with a new Wednesday flight – during July 2016 this increases to six per week meaning over 2,500 will travel to Orlando each week from Glasgow.
Following on from the demand for Winter 2015 Cuba flights, Thomas Cook Airlines will be operating similar flights in 2016, to Cayo Coco (9th October 2016) and Holguin (11th October 2016) for 14 night departures during half term. Cuba continues to be a destination of choice for Thomas Cook Airlines customers across the UK, with continuation of the second flight a week to Holguin from Manchester, and at Gatwick with the launch of a brand new flight to Cayo Coco in Cuba, operating on Sundays in summer 2016.
The early success of the airlines first long haul routes from London Stansted to the USA – set to depart in July 2015 with flights to Cancun, Las Vegas and Orlando – means that even more flights will be offered in 2016. During July and August, Orlando flights increase from two to four per week, with additional flights added in May (20th and 22nd) and October (21st and 23rd) for 14 night holidays over half terms – the first long haul flights over half term the airline has operated from Stansted. The continuing popularity of flights to Orlando and Las Vegas from Belfast see more flights operating in 2016 – with four flights to Orlando (26th and 30th June, 3rd and 7th July) for 14 nights and a flight to Las Vegas on 4th July for seven nights and the airline repeats the summer 2015 Cardiff to Orlando flight which, in 2016, departs on Wednesday 25th May.