Holiday Airline Thomas Cook is boosting its flying programme from Nottingham East Midlands Airport to cope with extra demand.
The airline, which has operated from East Midlands since 2001, had based a 180-seat A320 airbus at the airport during the summer months only. But now, a Thomas Cook 235-seat Boeing 757 is to be based there throughout the year.
The move, which will provide 22,000 extra seats to the region, has also created around 12 new local jobs for cabin crew.
Nottingham East Midlands is a very impressive airport and has become an increasingly important base for us. We are delighted to be able to expand our programme to cope with growing demand, said Ian Smith, Operations Director of Thomas Cook Airlines.
The airline offers a wide programme from East Midlands to favourite hotspots including the Canaries, the Balearics, mainland Spain, the Greek Islands and Turkey.
Nottingham East Midlands Airport, which was recently voted Best UK Airport in a major travel industry awards scheme, offers flights to over 90 destinationsacross Europe, Africa, North America and Mexico.
Caroline Plant, the airports General Manager Sales and Marketing, said: “We welcome the news that Thomas Cook will be able to offer thousands of extra seats. It means that our customers will have even more choice. We have excellent facilities here and during 2006 we will continue to make changes to ensure that the airport remains the UKs best”. Ends