Thomas Cook Airlines, one of Europe’s leading leisure airlines, has announced the addition of over 29,000 extra seats on flights from Cardiff for summer 2019, representing an increase of 22% in capacity across its 11 routes.
This significant growth comes as the result of steady passenger growth at Wales’ national airport and the airline’s decision to introduce a larger Airbus A321 to its services from Cardiff.
Spencer Birns, Commercial Director at Cardiff Airport, said: “Today’s welcome announcement is a great start to 2019. Thomas Cook Airlines is one of a number of airlines that have shown confidence in Cardiff Airport over the past couple of years and recognising its potential, by adding more capacity and, in turn, stimulating choice for our customers.
“Thomas Cook Airlines’ exciting announcement also comes at the time of the year when customers are searching for great deals for their summer holidays, so it’s very welcome news and an exciting start to the year.
Henry Sunley, Commercial Director at Thomas Cook Airlines, said: “Cardiff Airport is a key airport for Thomas Cook Airlines. Increasing capacity at the Airport allows us to offer local customers even more choice and flexibility. We are especially pleased to be able to do so at the start of the year, at a time when we know our customers are looking to book some summer sun!”
For the first time since 2012, Thomas Cook Airlines will operate seven destinations from April, Arrecife* and Tenerife (Canary Islands); Antalya and Dalaman (Turkey), Larnaca (Cyprus), Majorca (Balearic Islands) and Enfidha (Tunisia), giving customers the chance to fly with Thomas Cook Airlines over the Easter holidays.
Rhodes and Zakynthos (Greek Islands), Ibiza (Balearic Islands) and Reus (Spain) will begin in May.