The group will count this summer with 105 aircraft in the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Spain and Germany
Thomas Cook Group Airline, which currently has a network of more than 130 destinations in Europe, America, Africa and Asia, will expand its short and medium distance fleet with four more aircraft than in the summer of 2018.
The group will add three A321 for Condor and once the season is over, two of them will be operated by Thomas Cook Airlines UK from winter 2019-2020 and the fourth A321 will be operated by the British airline during the summer months, explained the company in a statement.
In total, the group’s fleet amounts to 105 aircraft to meet the high demand between June and September. Two of the A321 will take off with Condor and will be based in Leipzig and Hanover this summer.
In Leipzig, Condor is significantly increasing its capacity with around 100,000 additional seats in the Mediterranean, Turkey, Egypt and the Canary Islands. Specifically in the Canary archipelago, Condor will operate an additional flight between the city of J.S. Bach and Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Tenerife, with a total of three weekly connections in each destination. The third A321 will also fly in Germany and the fourth will be in charge of Thomas Cook Airlines UK on domestic routes.
«The expansion of the fleet is a clear reflection of the group’s commitment to maintain operational stability in the high season, and to use our own additional airplanes is one of the measures adopted to comply with our quality offer next summer,» he said. director of the group’s air business, Christoph Debus.
As a result of the new incorporations to guarantee stable flight operations during the summer months, the group puts more seats on sale and has hired a greater number of personnel on land and in the air.
Thomas Cook Group announced last month a strategic change of its business that involved the «strategic review» of the group’s air division, Thomas Group Airlines, in which all options will be considered, among which a sale is not ruled out, for increase the value of the group’s shareholders.
In early 2018 he created a new airline, based in Mallorca, called Thomas Cook Airlines Balearic to complement its offer by joining the different airlines owned by the British tour operator, occupying the gap left by the cessation of Monarch Airlines.