Holiday giant Thomson and First Choice is to start direct flights from Glasgow to the Caribbean in summer 2014, it has announced.
The decision is part of the company’s strategy to start opening up regional airports to more international destinations.
The service, which will commence on 1 May 2014 on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, will run weekly from Glasgow to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
Francois Bourienne, commercial director at Glasgow Airport said: “This is yet more good news from Thomson and First Choice. It was an honour to have been the first UK airport to wave off the Dreamliner on its inaugural transatlantic passenger flight and the decision to add Punta Cana is a clear demonstration of the tour operator’s commitment to the Glasgow market.”
Paul Cooper, airport negotiations manager for Thomson and First Choice said: “Adding the extra capacity and the introduction of the Thomson 787 Dreamliner demonstrates the importance of Glasgow Airport and the local area to our business, and following the success of similar routes across a number of regional airports, we know that the demand is there.
“Expanding access to our portfolio of destinations and hotels is a key part of our overall strategy. We hope that this move will enhance the holiday experience for our customers and that they are as excited as we are about the new 787 Dreamliner.”