Thomas Cook promotes hotel portfolio with airline branding partnership

Thomas Cook, the UK-based holiday company, is planning to promote two of the company’s own-brand hotels through a branding tie-up with its airline from this summer, as part of efforts to raise awareness of its hotel portfolio.

Accordingly, Cook’s Club, the latest addition to Thomas Cook’s hotel portfolio launched earlier this month, will feature on one of its A321 aircraft. The first Cook’s Club is set to open in Hersonissos in Crete this June.

Starting May, one of Thomas Cook Airlines’ A321’s will fly with a livery of Sentido Hotels & Resorts – a collection of four- and five-star hotels and one of Thomas Cook’s eight own hotel brands. The hotels offer a wide choice of food for different tastes, relaxation and activities for couples, groups and small families.

Christoph Debus, Chief Airlines Officer, Thomas Cook Group said, ‘The two liveries look fantastic and we are very happy to support and promote two of the group’s own-brand hotels.

‘In our group airline we are looking forward to a busy summer programme, flying to new long-haul destinations like Seattle and Phoenix, and Dubrovnik, Thessaloniki and Madeira to name just a few joining our growing number of short and medium haul routes.’

Ingo Burmester, Chief Hotels Officer, Thomas Cook Hotels & Resorts added, ‘Our own-brand hotels allow us to give our customers unforgettable holidays, whatever their preference and we want that to start the moment they board our aircraft.

‘Our strategy is to strengthen the quality of our own-brand portfolio which now comprises eight brands. In addition, growing our airline is a key part of our group strategy, as demonstrated by a capacity growth of 10% in the group airline this summer.

‘Our new flying ambassadors are a fantastic way to both collaborate and celebrate two key pillars within the Thomas Cook Group.’

Branded ‘I (Thomas Cook yellow sunny heart) Cook’s Club, the Cook’s Club A321 will fly for Thomas Cook Airlines in the UK. The aircraft will move to its permanent base at Manchester airport in May, and will fly to beach destinations across Europe this summer.

The ‘I (Thomas Cook yellow sunny heart) Sentido’ A321 will fly for Thomas Cook Aviation, based at Dusseldorf Airport, a release said.

Thomas Cook Airlines commences direct service from Manchester to San Francisco

Thomas Cook Airlines, the airline division of the global travel company, has commenced a new nonstop service between San Francisco and Manchester, on May 14, according to a release by the San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

The airline plans to operate flights between San Francisco and Manchester twice each week, on Sundays and Thursdays. The flights will be operated using Airbus A330-200 aircraft. The new service will also allow travellers and tourists to connect with Thomas Cook destinations such as the Balearic and Canary Islands, Cyprus, and various destinations in Turkey.

‘I am proud that Thomas Cook Airlines has chosen SFO for its expansion in the United States,’ said San Francisco Airport Director Ivar C. Satero. ‘We both share a passion for creating an unforgettable travel experience, and our customers now have an exciting new way to get to England and beyond. 

‘This is an exciting time for Thomas Cook Group Airlines as we start this amazing new service and grow our U.S. footprint even more,’ said Christoph Debus, Chief Airlines Officer, Thomas Cook Group. ‘We work closely with partner airlines, allowing us to connect to 90 destinations within the USA, as well as to fantastic European cities like Paris, Amsterdam and Milan, allowing us to offer more destinations than ever before.’

Thomas Cook announces summer 2018 programme from Bristol Airport

Thomas Cook has launched its summer 2018 programme for Bristol Airport, with a range of new destinations for travellers.

The new destinations for summer 2018 include the Preveza in Greece and Hurghada in Egypt – both the routes being exclusive to Thomas Cook from Bristol. The other new destinations added to the programme include Bourgas in Bulgaria, Gerona on Spain’s Costa Brava, Kos and Paphos.

In addition to the new destinations, Thomas Cook is also offering customers three new own-brand hotels to choose from including new smartline and Sunconnect resorts. Thomas Cook Airlines will also introduce 11 additional flight routes from Bristol Airport, both to existing destinations and to new destinations, with flights starting from £49.99, according a release by Bristol Airport.

Chris Mottershead, Managing Director at Thomas Cook UK said: ‘Our new destinations for summer 2018 from Bristol offer a good mix of holiday types. We’re expecting a revitalisation in the traditional package holiday destination of Costa Brava and we’ve worked hard to secure some of the best quality hotels for our customers.’

Shaun Browne, Head of Aviation Relations, Bristol Airport said: ‘We are delighted with Thomas Cook’s exciting Summer 2018 programme from Bristol. The new flights including Hurghada and Preveza are particularly welcome as these routes have been high on passengers wish-list of flights from Bristol Airport. The improved range of destinations in 2018 will help ensure Thomas Cook offers customers throughout the South West and Wales a great choice and options of holidays available from their regional airport.’

Costa Brava, which was first offered to Thomas Cook customers in 1949 for travel by steamer and rail, was re-introduced in 2018 with one flight per week from Bristol. The new product range includes four hotels in the resorts of Tossa de Mar and Lloret de Mar which are exclusive to Thomas Cook in the UK. The Thomas Cook offer will commence with seven nights at the Evenia Olympic Park Hotel in Lloret de Mar on an all-inclusive basis, from £679 per person, departing from Bristol on May 19, 2018 on Thomas Cook Airlines.

Birmingham announces new routes from Thomas Cook Airline and Jet2.com for winter 2017

Birmingham Airport has announced the introduction of new routes on its Winter 2017/18 schedule, operated by Thomas Cook Airlines and Jet2.com.

Thomas Cook Airlines will operate a new route from Birmingham Airport to Cape Verde for winter 2017 for the first time. Flights from Birmingham to Cape Verde operate from November 2, 2017 until April 26, 2018 and are available from £139.00 one-way through www.thomascookairlines.com. The new route is now on sale along with the rest of the short and medium haul seat-only programme for next winter.

James Burrows, Aviation Director for Thomas Cook Airlines, said: ‘We’re so excited to carry on our growth at Birmingham. With the start of Comiso and Lesbos next summer and following our GBP100m cabin upgrade programme and launch of our pre-order duty free service, Airshoppen, we’re offering even more choice than ever for winter sun from Birmingham.’

William Pearson, Aviation Director from Birmingham Airport, added: ‘Cape Verde is growing in popularity with both sun seekers and those with holiday homes on this beautiful Island off the Coast of West Africa, so this new service is a welcome addition to our winter schedule.’

Separately, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have announced the launch of their first ever full winter flights and holidays programme for 2017/18, including seven new routes across winter sun destinations including Madeira – a brand new route; city breaks to Krakow and Prague, and ski destinations including Grenoble, Geneva, Salzburg, and Turin.

With over 255,000 seats to winter sun destinations, the programme also consists of frequent flights to popular winter sun destinations such as Alicante (five weekly flights), Malaga (three weekly flights) and Faro (three weekly flights). In addition, over 40,000 ski seats will be available on Jet2.com’s winter 17/18 programme from Birmingham Airport, including the new routes to Grenoble, Geneva, Salzburg and Turin.

Commenting on the new routes by Jet2.com, Pearson said: ‘As more and more people escape the winter and head for the sun, slopes or city break, we are delighted that our newest carrier, Jet2.com, has launched its winter 17/18 programme adding Madeira, Grenoble, Geneva, Salzburg, Turin, Krakow and Prague from Birmingham. These services are in addition to 15 sunshine routes starting when the carrier arrives at Birmingham for the first time in March 16, and shows confidence by the airline in the Midlands.’

Thomas Cook Airlines expands winter schedule at Birmingham and Glasgow

Thomas Cook Airlines has announced its new Winter-2016 schedules from Birmingham and Glasgow, adding extra A321 aircrafts at the two airports to support the expansion of services.

For winter sun seekers flying from Birmingham in 2016, the new A321 aircraft will add 30,000 more available seats. While services to Gambia will increase from one flight per week to two, Tenerife flights will increase from one to four per week; Lanzarote from two to three weekly flights; and Gran Canaria is new with one flight per week.

Customers can now buy return flights to Banjul on the new aircraft for Winter 2016 priced from £324.99 return; and Tenerife from £91.98 based on a seven-day stay.

William Pearson, Aviation Development Director at Birmingham Airport, said: ‘This is great news and shows just how successful Thomas Cook is here at Birmingham Airport. The airline offer routes which are extremely popular with our passengers and demand for seats is continuing to increase. As an airport we look forward to welcoming the extra 30,000 passengers that this news aircraft will bring.’

Thomas Cook Airlines has also announced plans to base an extra new aircraft at Glasgow to support its newly launched Winter 2016 programme there.

At Glasgow Airport, sun seekers will be offered an additional 25,000 seats available to the Canaries throughout the winter from the fleet of three full-time A321s. There is also an additional five flights per week to the popular Canary Islands: Tenerife flights increase from seven to eight a week; Lanzarote moves up from two to four per week; Gran Canaria from one to two per week; and Fuerteventura will move from two to three per week. Return flights to the Canary Islands are available from £129.98 return in November 2016.

Paul White, business development manager at Glasgow Airport, said: ‘This is great news for Scottish travellers, particularly those looking to get away for some winter sun in 2016. The fact that Thomas Cook Airlines is bolstering these routes demonstrates the popularity of the Canary Islands amongst our customers, and also demonstrates the airline’s ongoing commitment to Glasgow.

‘We are excited that Thomas Cook Airlines will be basing an additional aircraft here at Glasgow for the winter season and we look forward to working in partnership with the airline to continue their growth at Glasgow Airport.’

Commenting on the plan, Thomas Cook Airlines’ director of sales and planning, Henry Sunley, said: ‘And as well as a new plane, our customers can take advantage of our new pre-order duty free service, Airshoppen, and get their holiday treats delivered straight to their seat.’