Christmas in the Caribbean? Thomas Cook Airlines’ inaugural flight to Antigua

19th December 2013

Earlier this year, Thomas Cook Airlines announced a new range of flights to the Caribbean from Manchester Airport, bringing the only routes outside London to St Lucia and Antigua and one of only a handful to Barbados.

A ‘new to Thomas Cook Airlines’ fully refurbished Airbus A330 arrived in November – registration G-CHTZ – and undertook its first flight to Saint Lucia and Barbados.

Today, Thursday 19th December, saw the inaugural flight to Antigua, and representatives from Thomas Cook Airlines and the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority celebrated the occasion by cutting a traditional cake, assisted by Anthony Cotton from Coronation Street, representing the Thomas Cook Children’s Charity, at Manchester Airport.

Christoph Debus, CEO Thomas Cook Airlines UK said, “Today saw yet again another full flight to the Caribbean, with our new A330 aircraft starting our second weekly flight taking our customers to the beautiful island of Antigua.

“Our new route to Antigua is yet again great news as we continue to develop Manchester Airport as our long haul hub and is another step as we aim to become the best sun and beach leisure airline.”

Cherrie Osborne, Director of Tourism for UK and Europe, Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority said, “We are thrilled that Thomas Cook has decided to launch a service from Manchester to our beautiful islands, making our destination more accessible to holiday makers in the North of the UK ."

She added “With temperatures averaging 27C this is the ideal time of the year to visit and indulge in Antigua and Barbuda’s natural beauty, vibrant culture and stunning beaches.”

Stephen Turner, Aviation Commercial Director at Manchester Airports Group (MAG), said: “We were delighted to see Thomas Cook’s inaugural flight to Antigua depart today, the demand for direct flights to the Caribbean from the North of England is incredibly strong at the moment.

“This new route means we are the only other airport outside of London to offer a direct service to St Lucia and Antigua. This highlights our continued dedication to offer passengers a wealth of routes locally, without having to travel further afield to congested Southern airports.”


Press contact: Nick Sandham, Head of UK Airline Communications at Thomas Cook Airlines -

Published on: 19/12/2013 11:34:56