Thomas Cook Airlines confirms new long haul Manchester hub with connections from Flybe

30 August 2013

• Flight-only and package holidays with connecting flights via Manchester
• Connections available from Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Inverness, Isle of Man, Norwich and Southampton
• Includes new Caribbean flights to Antigua, St Lucia and Barbados this winter

Thomas Cook Airlines UK has today announced the schedule for its partnership with Flybe, providing connecting flights from a network of regional airports across the UK to the Caribbean, Florida, Las Vegas, Mexico and Goa via Manchester Airport, which include the only routes outside London to Antigua and St Lucia, and one of only a handful of flights from the UK to Barbados.

Without the additional stress of planning long journeys to the airport, holidaymakers can now catch a morning flight to Manchester followed by a flight to their long haul holiday destination – and be relaxing by the pool or bar later the same day.

Christoph Debus, Thomas Cook Group Head of Air Travel, said “It’s fantastic news that we’re able to offer holidaymakers from across the UK flights and holidays via Manchester to some of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean and popular resorts in the US, Mexico and Goa.

“As we develop Manchester Airport as our UK hub – working in partnership with Flybe - we’re pleased to be able to offer more flexibility and choice for our customers, competing with the very best scheduled and charter carriers with a range of connections ensuring they don’t have to rely on London’s airports.”

Ken O’Toole, Chief Commercial Officer for MAG, owners of Manchester Airport said, “The success of the regional hub concept for Flybe has given their passengers access to a much wider choice of long haul flights from the North's largest airport. Manchester will be the only airport outside of London to host Caribbean flights this Winter and Flybe will be able to provide passengers access to those flights from across their extensive network in the UK and Ireland. It’s another step forward in our drive to bring more passengers to Manchester and will support new and existing long haul routes from Thomas Cook.”

Stephen Hobday, Flybe’s Director of Sales added, “We are delighted to be part of this great initiative that allows passengers to now enjoy the ease of flying from their local airports to exciting holiday destinations. Checking in with their bags at their regional departure point and collecting them at their holiday destination couldn’t be simpler. All they need to do is enjoy the regional connection, make the easy airside transfer at Manchester and then enjoy the best of Manchester Airport’s shops and restaurants before catching their onward flight.”

Florida & Las Vegas
On sale and available now, connections to Sanford in Florida (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday) and Las Vegas (Wednesday) are available with early morning Flybe connecting flights, with a new Las Vegas flight on a Friday starting on 2 April 2014. From 29 March 2014, Thomas Cook Airlines introduces Orlando International as it’s Florida airport – with same-day Flybe connections available on Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays – with an additional departure on Wednesday from next summer.

Winter Sun
For winter holidays, Flybe flights connect with Thomas Cook Airlines’ Manchester – Cancun flights on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays on selected dates during the winter, with holidaymakers benefitting from single check in and luggage drop off at their local airport.

For those heading to the Caribbean, the new Manchester-Antigua-Barbados Thomas Cook Airlines flight operates from Thursday 19th December 2013. Flights will depart late morning from Manchester, with connections from Flybe. And for those looking to the east, the Manchester – Goa flight departs every Wednesday.

Leisurely Sundays
For holidaymakers setting off at the weekend, Flybe connections allowing for time in an airport hotel on Saturday night for a Thomas Cook Airlines Sunday long haul flight are available for the brand new weekly Manchester-St Lucia-Barbados route from Sunday 10th November 2013.

The airlines Sunday flight to Goa also benefits from a connecting departure, and from March 2014, Thomas Cook Airlines also introduces its first Sunday Florida flight from Manchester. Those holidaymakers returning into Manchester on a Sunday will benefit from same-day returning Flybe flight back to their local airport.

New for Summer 2014
In addition to new Florida and Las Vegas connections, next summer will also see Flybe flights linking to the Tuesday, Thursday and Friday Manchester – Cancun flights, and the introduction of a new Manchester-St Lucia-Barbados route every Thursday.

Flight-only
Travellers looking to book flight-only connections to Thomas Cook Airlines long haul network via Manchester can do so by visiting www.netflights.com, calling 0844 692 6792 or visiting their local Thomas Cook or Co-operative Travel store.

Flight-only prices start at Cancun - 499 return per person, Caribbean - 549 return per person, and Goa - 549 return per person, including connecting flights.

Package holidays
For those looking for package holidays, a range of hotels are now on offer from ‘Signature from Thomas Cook’ to the US, Caribbean, Mexico and Goa with connecting flights featuring single check-in and baggage drop. For more information, visit www.tcsignature.com, call into Thomas Cook and Co-operative Travel stores, or dial 0844 879 8025.

Signature from Thomas Cook – example prices

Barbados: 7 nights on All Inclusive at the Amaryllis Beach Resort - price from 1229 per person based on two people sharing, departing Isle of Man via Manchester on 30/01/2014

Antigua: 7 nights on All Inclusive at the Jolly Beach Resort & Spa – price from 1259 per person based on two people sharing, departing Glasgow via Manchester on 30/01/2014

(All prices include return connecting flight and airport transfers)

ENDS

For more information, contact Nick Sandham at Thomas Cook Airlines UK on 0161 498 2718 or the Manchester Airport press office on 0161 489 2700, email press.office@manairport.co.uk

Published on: 30/08/2013 14:11:37