Business, Featured, Transport, Travel — March 28, 2018 at 8:27 am

TUI UK launches ambitious summer 2019 programme from Manchester Airport

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  • Additional aircraft based at Manchester Airport
  • Increase of more than 110,000 seats
  • More flights added to popular destinations – Montenegro, Zante, Antalya, Dalaman, Hurghada and Cancun

TUI UK’s first programme launch after last year’s re-brand reveals ambitious growth plans with an additional aircraft positioned out of Manchester Airport, more 10 and 11 night holidays and extra flights to popular routes Montenegro, Zante, Turkey, Egypt and Mexico.

Recognising that not everyone wants to holiday for 7 or 14 nights and thanks to an additional aircraft based in Manchester, customers can find more 10 and 11 night stays, including to Montenegro which was a new destination for TUI launched for summer 2018. Customers flying from Manchester Airport will see an increase of more than 110,000 seats offering holidaymakers more choice and flexibility than ever before.

With a dynamic regional aviation plan focussed on mid and short haul destinations, new holiday opportunities will be opened up for passengers flying from Manchester Airport with new flights and holidays going on sale. There will be more flights from Manchester Airport to Zante in Greece, Antalya and Dalaman in Turkey, as well as Hurghada in Egypt and Cancun in Mexico. An additional Naples flight has also been added to support the new homeport for Marella Explorer 2, the new ship from the Marella Cruises programme.

TUI UK’s Commercial Director Richard Sofer said: “Summer 2019 is the most ambitious programme we have ever introduced. We are focusing firmly on expanding access to our amazing range of holidays through an extended regional flying programming concentrated on the core destinations holidaymakers want to travel to, while offering the flexibility of holiday duration they want.

“We’ve increased our capacity by basing an additional aircraft in Manchester, adding more than 110,000 additional seats with new and additional flights for summer 2019. We are giving customers even more opportunity when booking their summer holidays with more 10 and 11 night holidays and additional flying days to popular destinations.”

Stephen Turner, Commercial Director at Manchester Airport, said:

“It is pleasing to see TUI increase its presence here at the UK’s global gateway in the North by adding an extra aircraft, and 110,000 additional seats.

“I am sure the destinations and flexibility on holiday duration will prove incredibly popular with our 27.8m annual passengers.”

Thousands of free kids’ places will be available across all TUI and First Choice holidays and deposits will be just £50pp short and mid haul and £125pp long haul. Summer 2019 holidays will be on sale from Friday 5th April.

TUI UK and Ireland, part of TUI Group, is the business behind the TUI, First Choice and Marella Cruises brands, as well as Crystal Ski and TUI Lakes & Mountains. Sub brands include TUI Sensatori, TUI Family Life, TUI Sensimar, First Choice Holiday Villages and SplashWorld Resorts.

Its airline, TUI Airways – formerly Thomson Airways has 64 aircraft operating to over 70 destinations in 30 countries. It was the first airline in the UK to take delivery of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner and in 2018 will welcome new 737 MAXs to its fleet.

TUI UK and Ireland has a team of more than 10,000 employees and serves over six million customers each year.

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