Manchester unveils Aruba route

Thomson Airways, one of the largest airlines in the UK, has announced a new weekly flight to Aruba from Manchester Airport. The route will begin on the 7th May, and operate every Friday morning until the 23rd October.

Aruba, which was immortalised in the Beach Boys’ 1988 hit, Kokomo, is an island of the Lesser Antilles in the southern Caribbean.

The island is famed worldwide for its white beaches and tropical climate, despite being relatively arid inland.

Joanna Walding, director of the Aruba tourist board, called the island ‘one of the fastest growing destinations in the Caribbean.’

The town of Oranjestad is particularly popular with British tourists, as is Palm Island, a private resort located just off the coast.

Manchester’s new route is the resumption of a similar service that operated during the 2009 summer season, albeit at a far greater frequency.

The airline has also resumed its Aruba route from Gatwick, departing every Saturday from the 1st May. Previously, flights to the Caribbean island were only available via an indirect flight from the US.

Tickets for Thomson’s new route are expected to cost around £389 for a return journey departing on Friday 14th May.

The airline is hoping that customers will book through its package holiday company, First Choice, which is offering a seven-day stay in Aruba for £975 per person.

A number of Thomson flights are currently disrupted. Passengers are advised to check the airline’s travel alert website before booking a flight or leaving for the airport.

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