Thomas Cook has become the first major UK-based tour operator to return to Tunisia following an extended hiatus. Here Carol MacKenzie, group head of customer welfare for the company, gives her views on travel to the destination.
Returning demand for holidays in Greece, couple to a boom in long-haul travel, has seen revenues rise by three per cent during the first half of financial 2017. Reporting results for the six months to March 31st, the tour operator said revenues rose 3.2 per cent to £2.9 billion.
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.”
The first flight operated by Thomas Cook Airlines took off from London Luton Airport earlier, marking the arrival of the 14th airline at the airport and the 14th new route this year. The new route will serve the Greek island of Corfu, operating every Sunday throughout the summer season.
England and Lancashire Cricket legend James Anderson has been named as a brand ambassador for Thomas Cook Sport. England’s all-time highest international wicket-taker will work with the sports travel specialists to promote their sporting experiences, which include the upcoming Ashes series in Australia.
Thomas Cook remains cautious for the year ahead despite narrowing losses. The travel agent saw a one per cent increase in revenue, to £1.6 billion, for the three months to December 31st, with losses narrowing two per cent to £49 million.
Thomas Cook has ruled out a return to Egyptian beach resort Sharm el Sheikh for the summer of 2017. The decision comes amid continued fears over terrorism in the destination and a resulting ban on flights departing from the UK to the resort’s airport.
Thomas Cook Airlines’ inaugural Tobago flight took off earlier, reinforcing its 17-route-strong long-haul portfolio, which already makes it the largest carrier to the USA from Manchester. At the start of their journey to the island’s amazing hotels and beaches, customers were treated to a steel band and carnival dancers at check-in and more music, food and cocktails at the departure gate.
Thomas Cook Airlines’ rapidly expanding US network took another leap forward earlier with the announcement of direct flights from Manchester to San Francisco. The flights are available to book this week for flights beginning in May 2017.