Flying to America just got a whole lot easier! Thomas Cook have recently revealed that they will provide flights from Manchester Airport to Seattle as part of their 2018 summer programme.
The addition of the new route cements Thomas Cook’s title of the largest long-haul carrier from Manchester, flying to more US destinations than any other airline.
The company have also recently added San Francisco and New York to their destinations too. “We are proud to be continuing our expansion to the USA by launching Seattle as a new destination next year,” said Christoph Debus, CEO Thomas Cook Group Airline.“We work closely with partner airlines, allowing us to connect customers to 90 destinations within the USA. Alaska Airlines, based in Seattle is an important partner offering our customers even more choice to the likes of British Columbia, Alberta, Alaska and Hawaii.”
So, why Seattle? With a vast array of water, mountains and forests, Seattle, the largest city in Washington, boasts a multitude of things to see and do on the east coast of the US. Whether you are taking in the amazing views from the top of Space Needle, checking out the iconic Seattle Great Wheel or experiencing the tastes and smells of Pike Place Market, holidaymakers will be spoilt for choice with activities to tick off their lists. For those interested in something slightly more varied, take the Victoria Clipper ferry to Canada for an unforgettable addition to your trip.
Manchester Airport, the UK’s 3rd biggest airport, saw 25,637,054 passengers pass through its doors in 2016 – this made it qualify in the top 20 busiest European airports! The busiest routes both internationally and domestically include, Amsterdam, Dublin, Dubai International and Tenerife.
Thomas Cook Airlines themselves, have the largest number of long-haul aircrafts with eight Airbus A330s and serves the most non-stop long-haul routes. Collette Roche, Interim MD at Manchester Airport, said: “To secure a direct route to Seattle is further testament to the role Manchester Airport plays in the North and UK as a whole.
Thomas Cook Airlines already fly from Terminal 1 at Manchester Airport but didn’t previously fly directly to Seattle.
“We now offer more than a dozen direct destinations to the USA, meaning we have grown the number of seats on sale to US destinations at a greater rate than any other UK airport this year.“This is hugely positive news for the 22m passengers in our catchment area – which spans from Scotland to the Midlands and Merseyside to Yorkshire, and the millions of people a year who connect to our long-haul network from locations across the UK and Europe.”