Thomas Cook Airlines’ inaugural San Francisco flight took off earlier, confirming its position as the biggest carrier to the USA from Manchester.
Thomas Cook chief airlines and hotels Officer, Christoph Debus, said: “This is such an amazing day for our customers and our airline.
“Our direct US flights are so great for customer, offering more amazing destinations than any other carrier from Manchester Airport.
“We are the largest long-haul carrier from Manchester Airport and offer the best US leisure destinations for holiday makers in the north-west and will keep putting our customers at the heart of everything we do.”
Thomas Cook Group Airlines consist of four sun and beach focused leisure airlines: Thomas Cook Airlines UK, Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium, Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia and Condor Flugdienst.
The airlines carry 17.2 million passengers per year, generating revenues of £2.7 billion.
Stephen Turner, Commercial Director at Manchester Airport, said: “We are absolutely delighted to see Thomas Cook Airlines’ inaugural flight to San Francisco leave from Manchester Airport, the UK’s global gateway to and from the North.
“Furthermore it showcases the role Manchester Airport plays in UK aviation, offering passengers in our catchment area easy, direct options from their local airport.
“I am sure this route will be a success and hope all the passengers on the first flight have a great trip to the USA.”