Thomas Cook Airlines has announced it will add eight new services from Stansted Airport next summer with an extra aircraft at the base.
Two of the company’s Airbus A321s will be based at the airport from June 2014 giving extra capacity to the one A319 it currently has at the Essex airport. New services will include flights to Corfu, Fuerteventura, Heraklion, Izmir, Kefalonia, Kos, Rhodes and Skiathos as well as increase frequencies on other routes.
“We believe that this area of the country is currently underserved with respect of airport departures to holiday destinations and that demand exists to make our partnership with the airport a continued success,” said the airline’s director of planning Rob Thompson.
“With more flights, more holidays and a more frequent service to the most popular resorts, next summer is set to bring an unprecedented Thomas Cook holiday atmosphere to Stansted,” he added.
The airport’s managing director Andrew Harrison hailed the announcement as a “significant step on the road” as Stansted’s new owners look to recuperates its loss of services in recent years.
“This new agreement with Thomas Cook demonstrates their confidence in M.A.G to deliver great value and quality service at Stansted. There is huge demand for air travel in our catchment area, and we know people prefer to fly from their local airport when possible, so this fantastic news is a real positive development in providing more choice and more flights to even more destinations for passengers in London and the eastern region,” explained Harrison.