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Thomas Cook adds third aircraft to Newcastle Airport

Thomas Cook Airlines is introducing a third aircraft to its base at Newcastle Airport. The addition of the Boeing 757-200, which carries 235 passengers, means that approximately 70,000 new seats will be available from the local airport for summer 2009, making it the largest package holiday operator out of the region’s airport.

The extra services will help fill the void left by XL Group’s collapse, which resulted in the loss of 12 routes from Newcastle.

Two new Greek destinations - Santorini and Skiathos - will be available, while Greek Island, Kefalonia will now have its own dedicated Thomas Cook flight. The extra aircraft also means that other destinations such as Larnaca will benefit from twice weekly departures, which will allow 10/11 night holidays, as well as the more traditional seven/14 night breaks.

Pete Constanti, CEO of Mainstream Travel, Thomas Cook UK & Ireland, said: “We already have an extensive flying programme from Newcastle Airport, which takes holidaymakers to more than 30 destinations.  I’m delighted that we have been able to introduce an additional aircraft to serve the region and to offer even more holiday choice.  This will make travel even easier and more convenient for the people of the North East.”

David Laws, Chief Executive of Newcastle Airport, said: “Thomas Cook adding a third aircraft to its Newcastle base is excellent news for our airport and the North East.  It ensures that the people of the region can book with confidence, as Thomas Cook is known by all as a well-trusted travel company. We know that the additional capacity will prove very popular with our local holidaymakers.”