37,000 Scotts take off for school holiday

Almost 37,000 sun-seeking Scots will be airlifted to holiday hotspots next week in
the biggest-ever half term getaway operation from Glasgow by leading charter
airline, Thomas Cook. 

With the precision of a military campaign, the airline is drafting in extra staff
from all over the UK to cope with 107 departures between October 14 and 22. The
busiest day is Saturday, October 14 with a total of 25 departures. The day before is
almost as busy with 14 flights to Tenerife alone compared with the usual two. 

For the past six years, Thomas Cook, has expanded its programme from Glasgow Airport
to cater for families wanting a final burst of sun before Christmas. This years
exodus is the largest yet with top destinations including the Canaries, the
Balearics, mainland Spain, Turkey, Monastir, the Greek islands and Cyprus.

Pilots and cabin crew from all over the UK will be jetting in to man the flights.
And groundstaff at Thomas Cooks Glasgow base will be supplemented with managers from
other areas to help the giant getaway run smoothly.

Ian Smith, Director of Operations said: Glasgow is always one of our busiest bases
throughout the year, but the schools half-term break in October brings an amazing
peak in our passenger numbers. We virtually take over the airport.

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Because this is going to be such a busy period, we appeal to our customers to arrive
at check-in in good time to help us make sure flights depart as punctually as
possible.
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