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Plans for a Thomas Cook and easyJet tie up


Thomas Cook is on the verge of signing a deal to book thousands of seats on low-cost airline easyJet. The tour operator said the move was imminent and will cover about 80,000 trips, representing 3% of Thomas Cook’s capacity.

easyJet confirmed it had entered into an agreement with Thomas Cook to provide a ‘limited’ number of seats for its summer 2013 packages.

A spokesman said: “This is a normal commercial business arrangement for easyJet and is similar to other contracts the airline has entered into in the past.

“As with any commercial contracts of this nature we will not comment on the detail.”

Rob Thompson, director of aviation and capacity planning for Thomas Cook UK & Ireland said: “This is great news for our customers; by bringing together the overseas expertise of Thomas Cook, with easyJet’s flexibility as a truly scheduled airline, we’re taking the modern package holiday to a new level.

“Together, we’re offering a range of flight options to 21 destinations from nine regional UK airports, throughout the summer season in 2013. Many of our holidaymakers will now be able to choose from even more flight options, combining Thomas Cook, the best known name in travel and Easyjet, an excellent European airline, safe in the knowledge that their holiday is fully protected.”

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Thomas Cook to cover Air Passenger Duty for long-haul customers


Compare Car HireThomas Cook has confirmed it will pay Air Passenger Duty for customers on long-haul holidays in an attempt to kick-start winter sales.

As it struggles to rebalance financially, Thomas Cook will pay up to £83 per passenger to cover departure taxes from UK airports between November this year and October 2013.

Bookings must be made between August 24th and September 13th.

A Thomas Cook spokesperson said: ‘We are committed to offering our customers the very best value for money and strenuously voice our disappointment to the Government about the increases to flight tax.

Car Hire Excess Insurance“Our offer just highlights the extortionate amount holidaymakers have to pay whilst hopefully making long haul getaways more accessible whether heading off for some winter sun or planning the family trip for next year.

The Government has steadfastly refused to listen to any of the arguments that the travel industry has presented on this tax and it is a great shame that at a time when they could – and should – be doing all they can to lessen the strain on hard working families, they are yet again making the consumer pay.”

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Posted by on 15/08/2012 in Airlines

 

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