Thomas Cook Airlines has just announced it is to launch flights to two US destinations from its Manchester Airport hub next year. The UK carrier says the inaugural flights to Los Angeles and Boston are scheduled for departure in May of 2016.
The flights will operate twice a week to each destination and are being launched to compliment the carrier’s two new routes to Miami and New York’s JF Kennedy which began at the start of this month. The airline will utilise Airbus A330s to serve the two destinations and is due to add another one of these to its fleet in time for the maiden flights.
The Thomas Cook Group’s Christoph Debus said the Los Angeles and Boston flights would provide flyers with more options as well as offer an alternative to flying out of London to the US. The chief executive noted that staff were proud of the fact that Thomas Cook was the biggest long-haul carrier to fly out of Manchester and currently served 15 of these destinations.
Commenting on news of the forthcoming routes, Manchester Airport MD Ken O’Toole stated they were a testament to Thomas Cook’s conviction that the airport was the gateway to the north of the UK. He added that apart from London’s airports, Manchester would be the only other departure point in the country for flights to both Los Angeles and Boston.
Mr O’Toole finished off by saying Manchester had a catchment area spreading from Scotland to the Midlands. He said the airport would strive to provide choice for the 22 million Britons living in it.