Thomas Cook Airlines launches new routes to Miami and New York JFK from Manchester

29th April 2014

Thomas Cook Airlines has announced that it will operate a three times per week service to New York, JFK, from Manchester Airport from May 2015. The airline has also announced the only flights to Miami from outside London with a twice weekly schedule from Manchester, again with first flights in May 2015. The new Miami route will cater for families looking for holidays, those looking to join Caribbean cruises and, like travellers to New York, those taking advantage of a vast array of connections across the USA.

Flight-only sales for both routes begin on 7 May 2014 at www.flythomascook.com, with a special launch offer of 299 return to New York and 399 return to Miami – both including baggage allowance and meals*.

Commenting on the new routes, CEO of Thomas Cook Airlines, Christoph Debus, said, “As well as bringing a new and alternative approach to travelling to New York - catering for both business and leisure travellers - our new cabin interiors, premium service and upgraded economy will change the way customers view Thomas Cook Airlines, as we look to provide a great quality product at a great price.

“Over a million people travel from the UK to Miami each year, currently served only by London airports. With the launch of this exclusive route from Manchester, holidaymakers and cruise passengers looking for flights from the north of the UK will now have more options for travel. Both routes will also allow significant onward travel across the USA - we’re bringing travel to the states closer to the rest of Britain.”

With new Thomas Cook holiday brochures for Summer 15 in stores this week – including breaks to New York and Miami - flights will operate year-round on the airline’s refurbished A330 fleet and will feature a brand-new Premium service as well as an upgraded Economy experience.

Aviation Commercial Director for Manchester Airports Group (MAG) Stephen Turner said: “We’re thrilled that Thomas Cook are expanding their long-haul destinations from Manchester to include New York and Miami, both of which will open up many more connections across the USA as well as being sought after destinations for our passengers.

“The Miami route will be the first direct scheduled Manchester to Miami service in seven years and will no doubt be a very popular destination choice for our passengers. We have a strong passenger base to support more direct services and connections to the USA and this is something we’re keen to build on.”

Adding an additional 60,000 passengers to the airline’s Manchester capacity, the first flights of these new routes in May 2015 will include the introduction of a new Premium service across all Thomas Cook Airline’s long haul routes. Customers can look forward to advance seat reservation and priority check-in, up to 32kg hold baggage, as well as brand new seating with 35 inch seat pitch and 19.7 inch width. In addition, a dedicated cabin team will serve premium meals and drinks throughout the flight whilst passengers enjoy a brand new on-demand touch screen in-flight entertainment system (IFE).

Thomas Cook Airlines new long haul Economy service includes brand new seating with the widest economy long haul seat (18.2”) amongst all major airlines with a pitch of 31” giving excellent living space through a new seat, ergonomically designed to give more legroom. Customers will also see an improved touchscreen IFE experience, and as part of their flight receive baggage allowance up to 23kg, and inclusive meals and drinks.

Flights to New York and Miami will be available from www.flythomascook.com from 7 May 2014. Holidays are available from www.thomascook.com or by calling into any Thomas Cook or Co-operative Travel high street store.

*Introductory prices on selected dates where available, terms and conditions apply.

ENDS

Notes

Thomas Cook Airlines UK (TCX) is part of the Thomas Cook Group and operates over from 20 airports across the UK, carrying 6.7m passengers to over 50 short-, medium- and long haul airports with over 200 holiday destinations including North America, the Caribbean Sea and India, as well as resorts across Europe. With over 2,500 employees across its 10 UK bases and at its head office and maintenance operations at Manchester Airport, the airline has a fleet of 31 Airbus and Boeing narrow and wide body aircraft. The first of six new Airbus A321 aircraft for summer 2014 joined the fleet in December 2013.

Thomas Cook Airlines UK launched new routes to the Caribbean from Manchester in November 2013, and announced more flights and new destinations from Stansted Airport in Summer 2014. For Winter 2014/15, the airline will introduce long haul flights to Varadero in Cuba and Montego Bay in Jamaica from Manchester, making them year round destinations. As well as carrying Thomas Cook package holiday customers, the airline retails seat only sales on all of its flights – for more information visit www.flythomascook.com.

Thomas Cook Group Airlines includes Thomas Cook Airlines UK , Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium, Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia and Condor Flugdienst. The airlines carry 16.5m passengers per year, generating revenues of 2.8m. The combined fleet consists of 86 aircraft and is currently undergoing a fleet renewal programme by integrating 25 brand new A321 and by modernizing the cabin interiors of the remaining aircraft of the fleet by mid-2016.

Press Contact:

Nick Sandham
Head of UK Airline Communications
Thomas Cook Airlines Ltd
Hangar 1, Western Maintenance Area, Runger Lane, Manchester Airport, Manchester M90 5FL
Tel: Manchester +44 (0)161 498 2718 / Peterborough +44 (0)1733 416748
Mob: +44 (0)7803 693447
Fax: +44 (0)161 498 4465
Email: nick.sandham@thomascook.com

Published on: 29/04/2014 16:47:32