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Thomas Cook Airlines by Beth Harrison - 4d ago

School’s out for summer across the UK this weekend and hopefully, you guys will be packing your bags for sunnier shores and big adventures.

We have 244 flights going to 47 destinations this weekend (19th, 20thand 21stJuly 2019) with more than 54,000 holidaymakers taking to the skies. With 63,000 minutes of flying time, 800,000 km will be flown by 533 pilots – the equivalent of flying around the earth twenty times! 

Turkey is our second most popular destination this summer, overtaking Greece and only second to Spain, this weekend.  Dalaman and Antalya in Turkey are the top two most popular getaways, with stunning Majorca in third place.

We will have an amazing 1,638 cabin crew looking after customers in the air and they expect to serve 6,000 gin and tonics and 18,000 teas and coffees throughout the weekend. Customers will sit back and relax to watch an epic 14,553  movies on board.

The busiest weekend kicks off the busy summer months of July and August in resort, where through the summer, 600 Thomas Cook reps will be on hand to help customers and 106,000 airport transfer journeys and 60,000 welcome meetings will take place. You guys are also expected to book 320,000 day trips to explore the local areas.  That’s a lot of adventures!

 

Paul Hutchings, Managing Director Operations at Thomas Cook Group Airline said, “The team in our operations control centre will be working around the clock from our Manchester headquarters this weekend to manage our busy timetable, together with our on the ground teams at airports throughout the UK. Manchester Airport is set to be our busiest airport for departures, with over nineteen and a half thousand customers flying to destinations in Europe and beyond, such as Cancun, New York and Orlando over the next three days.”

 

Dean Thomas, Head of In Destination Operations at Thomas Cook Group, added: “This weekend officially marks the start of summer but for our teams in resort, it’s the culmination of months of training and preparation to make sure everything is ready for holidaymakers when they step off the plane. We received over 6,000 applications for our 600 rep positions this summer and from welcoming customers at the airport to recommending the little known spot for the best sunset on the island, our experts are all set for the summer season ahead.”

 

If you haven’t booked your summer break yet, where have you been? there are lots of flights available >>> here

 

 

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We took Ex-love Islander Samira Mighty back to Majorca with her friend Alex Dean, but with a twist – the audience decided everything she did!

To find out what happened, watch our video below:-

Takeover My Trip Majorca - YouTube

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Ever wanted to take control of someone else’s holiday?

Welcome to ‘Takeover my trip’, a three-part travel series focusing on some of our most popular and loved destinations, Majorca, New York and Turkey.

We need your help to inspire and influence our presenters on their holiday choices and be a part of their journey.  You will be in complete control of all aspects of their trip, from the plane ride – window seat or aisle, meal or no meal – to their activities, what they eat and the places they visit while in destination.

Over the course of all three trips, you will be making all the decisions via our social media channels, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – the option with the most votes wins and our presenters must obey, choose wisely!

So, keep an eye out for our second ‘Take over my trip’ journey to New York, New York.

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Today Thomas Cook has announced that it is in advanced discussions with Fosun Tourism and our core lending banks to inject £750 million of new money into the business.

Under the plan our Tour Operator would be majority-owned by Fosun Tourism, our biggest shareholder and the owner of Club Med, with the Airline staying under the ownership of Thomas Cook Group plc. The Airline and Tour Operator will continue to work closely together, like they do today.

Holidays and flights will not be impacted and will continue to operate as normal. All of our holidays are still ATOL-protected, and you can book your holidays and flights with confidence.

Watch a video with Peter Fankhauser, here

Should I be worried about my holiday or flight?

No – Thomas Cook is here to stay. Today we have announced plans for Thomas Cook’s future. It will have no impact on our customers who can continue to book holidays and flights with confidence. We’re looking forward to taking the 11 million customers who have booked with us on holiday this summer.

Is my holiday booking safe?

Yes. Our holiday and flights are not affected by today’s news. Our holidays remain ATOL-protected, so customers can book with confidence.

Am I still going on holiday with Thomas Cook or is it with another company?

The proposed investment does not affect any customer bookings. We are still Thomas Cook, and all of our flights and holidays remain exactly the same.

What about future bookings?

Today’s news is targeting an injection of £750 million of new money into Thomas Cook with the support of our biggest shareholder and trusted partner and core lending banks, helping us to invest for the future. That means our millions of customers should continue to book and travel with us in confidence.

Will I still fly with Thomas Cook Airlines/Condor as part of my package holiday?

Yes. Today’s news has no impact on our holidays or flights – all customers who have booked with us will go on holiday as planned.

I have a flight-only ticket with Thomas Cook Airlines/Condor? Is it still valid?

The announcement we have made today has no impact on customers who have booked with us or are planning to book in the future. Customers can continue to book flights with confidence.

I don’t have travel insurance, should I be worried or take out insurance?

Today’s news has no impact on our holidays or flights, but we always advise our customers to take out a reliable travel insurance package. For more information, please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/foreign-travel-insurance

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Thomas Cook Airlines by Beth Harrison - 1w ago

Sarah Neal recently used the Airportr service when flying from Gatwick Airport to Orlando.

Here’s how she got on…

For my recent family trip to Orlando flying out of Gatwick airport, I was very much looking forward to some time in the sun.

I was not looking forward to the trek to the airport with all the baggage you need to take when travelling with 2 children under 3, so I decided to try the new Airportr baggage pick up service.


The online booking experience was extremely simple and very sleek. You simply select your airline, where your flying from and to, date your flying and then the number of bags you want collecting, you can then select a time slot you would like the bags collecting and the address.

As I don’t live anywhere near an airport I booked an airport hotel the evening before my flight so my bags could be collected from the hotel.  I arrived just before my collection slot and received a text from airportr letting me know they had arrived to collect my bags.

When greeted they scanned the code in the message on my phone, which allowed them to link my bags/bag tags to my reservation and then verified the bags against our passports.

They proceeded to check over the bags and secured them with secure bag ties to ensure no one could tamper with them, then received a message to confirm hand over of my bags with the relevant receipt numbers.

They were then on their way to a security scanning facility at Heathrow airport before being checked in for my Thomas Cook Airlines flight back at Gatwick Airport. First thing in the morning I received a text message to confirm my bags had been successfully checked-in for my flight to Orlando. I was even sent a link to track my bags!

Travelling to the terminal was a complete breeze without the stress of pushing luggage trollies along with two young children through the check-in area.  Instead, we swiftly moved to the TSA check area – where we were asked a few questions (only relevant for flights to the USA).

We then went straight through security into the airport lounge where we had plenty of time to have a relaxing breakfast before boarding a long haul flight with 2 under 3 years old’s.

I would highly recommend this service, it was super easy and really did save stress and time at the airport. The collection staff were really helpful and explained the process well which gave me confidence that my bags were in safe hands.

To book Airportr click >> here 

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Airportr is an airline-approved baggage porter service, they will take care of your bags so you don’t have to.

Airportr will collect your bags from home and check then in for you, all you have to do is pick them up from the baggage carousel when you arrive at your destination.    The best part is, you can use Airportr if you’re flying from Gatwick or Manchester Airport – which means no more dragging bags around, especially if you don’t like travelling light.

Pick-up and delivery for one bag starts from just £30, so check what it’ll cost for a stress-free journey >> here

AirPortr - Your bags checked-in from home - YouTube

Airportr is a simple solution, which means more time with your family and less time worrying about your bags.

Find out more about Airportr >>> here

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With beautiful beaches and fascinating history, Turkey is renowned for its relaxing holidays in the sun and cultural city breaks. However, the country’s diverse landscape from mountains and plains to rivers and coastlines often remains under the radar despite it being the perfect setting for a variety of outdoor sports. Read our guide to find out why Turkey is the ideal location for an action-packed getaway.

 

Trekking

Trekking enthusiasts are spoilt for choice in Turkey, with a wide range of long distance walking trails to choose from. Top of the list, at 540 kilometres, is the mountainous Lycian Way running parallel with the Mediterranean coast from Fethiye to Antalya. Also starting in the southwest, but heading inland, is the wilder 500-kilometre long St Paul Trail. Meanwhile, in central Turkey, the fascinating Cappadocian landscape offers shorter routes and serious climbers will enjoy conquering the Kaçkar mountain range, rising above the Black Sea in the east.

Trekking Turkey

 

Golf

Over the past decade, Turkey has risen to become one of the most popular golfing destinations in Europe thanks to its combination of spectacular championship golf courses and five-star resorts. Head to Belek on the Mediterranean coastline for courses designed by famous golf names such as David Feherty, Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie.

Golf in Turkey

Horse riding

Located in central Anatolia, Cappadocia translates as ‘land of the beautiful horses’, so it’s fitting to explore this unique landscape on horseback. The region is home to wondrous rock formations, flat-topped mountains and lush valleys as well as plenty of ranches offering riding tours. The southwest coastal resorts of Antalya, Marmaris and Fethiye also run a variety of horse riding holidays and short day treks.

Winter Sports

Renowned for its sunny climate, Turkey isn’t often considered as a snow sports destination. Yet, the country’s naturally high terrain, forested peaks and mountain ranges offer optimal conditions for skiing and snowboarding. Modern resorts can be found across the country and include Uludag, Turkey’s most established resort situated conveniently close to Istanbul in the northwest, and Palandoken in the eastern province of Erzurum, home to the longest and steepest runs.

Water Sports

With 8,000 kilometres of coastline, Turkey is a paradisiacal playground for lovers of water sports. Sandy bays and beaches, hidden coves, calm waters and windy shorelines can cater for a whole host of water-based activities from swimming, snorkeling and kayaking to windsurfing, water-skiing and sailing. Inland, canoeing and kayaking can also be undertaken on waterways such as the Coruh and Xanthos River, and it’s possible to sail down the Rhine and Danube Rivers of the European interior into the Black Sea and the Bosphorus strait.

Scuba Diving Turkey

Scuba Diving

Scuba divers will also be at home in Turkey’s crystal clear, warm waters. With a visibility of up to 30 metres, the Mediterranean and Aegean Sea offer the best sites for both learner and experienced divers. As well as a huge variety of marine life to spot, there are also reefs, shipwrecks and World War One wrecks at Canakkale on the southern bank of the Dardanelles strait in northeastern Turkey.

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Without a doubt, Turkey is blessed with some of the most picturesque, scenic and postcard-worthy beaches in the world. Whether you’re after some romantic, secluded spots, never-ending beach parties or crystal clear aqua waters and sugar-soft sand, Turkey is a paradise waiting to be discovered.

Patara

On the southern coast of Turkey is Patara, a 20km stretch of soft golden sands. Often voted as one of the best in the country, Patara is perfect for families and children, with warm shallow waters and gentle waves ideal for a bit of body-surfing.

Patara

Oludeniz

Also known as the Blue Lagoon, Oludeniz is one of Turkey’s most photographed holiday hotspots. The long stretch of sand curves around to a point, where the waters are an incredible shade of azure blue. Squeeze into a spot with a sun lounger and watch the hundreds of paragliders glide down from the cliffs over the iconic peninsula… or better yet, join them for a jump that will literally take your breath away!

Iztuzu

Iztuzu Beach is home to some rather unusual residents – it’s one of the few Mediterranean beaches where tiny loggerhead turtles come to nest. In order to protect this endangered species, a turtle centre has been set up where can volunteers monitor their breeding and look after any injured ones. The beach itself is 4.5km long and just 13km south of Dalyan.

Iztuzu

Sedir Island

For some of the best sand in the world, take a day trip out on a traditional Turkish gulet to Sedir Island, just off the coast from Ula. Made out of seashells, each grain of sand has been perfectly formed over thousands of years. Legend has it that the sand was actually imported from the Red Sea by Mark Antony, especially for Cleopatra.

Sedir Island

Olympos

Popular with backpackers and those looking to get away from the tourist trap, Olympos is a secluded village and beach around 1.5 hours from Antalya. Here, you’ll be free to do whatever you want – kayaking, swimming, sunbathing, white-water rafting, and even trekking some of the 300-mile Lycian Way, a long-distance walking track that curves around the Turquoise Coast.

Calis Beach

Calis

The ancient town of Fethiye with its 2400-year-old rock tombs hides a little slice of paradise known as Calis Beach. Only a short drive from the town, Calis is a nice beachside break from the hustle and bustle of nearby Fethiye. It’s a lovely romantic spot, where you can watch the sun drop into the sea with your special someone.

Fethiye

Lara

VIP travellers should head to Lara Beach in Antalya. Dubbed the Las Vegas of Turkey, you’ll find luxury villas and 5-star hotels, casinos and clubs, and even the odd celebrity soaking up the sun on the 8km beach. Don some oversized sunnies and you’ll blend right in.

Gumbet

The hip area of Bodrum has no shortage of spectacular beaches, however, Gumbet definitely stands out. The sand is fine and golden, and there are a huge variety of watersports for active sun-seekers. Scuba diving and snorkelling are particularly popular here, with a whole undersea world awaiting swimmers in the warm, transparent waters.

Gumbet

Kargi Bay

Want some unusual holiday snaps? Head to Kargi Bay in Bodrum where you can ride a camel across the sandy shores down to the glistening ocean. By Boat is the best way to get to Kargi, and many tours will also include a stop at Turgutreis, a large marina town famous for its shopping where you’ll be able to pick up Turkish trinkets and souvenirs.

Kleopatra

As the main beach in the party town of Alanya, you won’t get much rest around here. The waterfront bars have tourists drinking and dancing until the sun comes up when the parties spill over on to the sand. Expect fire shows, laser lights and DJs playing until dawn.

Kleopatra

So what about you? Is your favourite Turkish beach on our list? If not, please tell us what we’re missing out on!

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Thomas Cook Airlines by Beth Harrison - 1w ago

Our Summer 2020 flights are now on sale!

Need some inspiration for your next trip? Take our fun quiz and find your perfect holiday destination. Good luck!

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Thomas Cook Airlines by Beth Harrison - 2w ago

Our Summer 2020 flights are now on sale!

Need some inspiration for your next trip? Take our fun quiz and find your perfect holiday destination. Good luck!

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Thomas Cook Airlines by Beth Harrison - 1M ago

Ever wanted to take control of someone else’s holiday?

Welcome to ‘Takeover my trip’, a three-part travel series focusing on some of our most popular and loved destinations, Majorca, New York and Turkey.

We need your help to inspire and influence our presenters on their holiday choices and be a part of their journey.  You will be in complete control of all aspects of their trip, from the plane ride – window seat or aisle, meal or no meal – to their activities, what they eat and the places they visit while in destination.

Over the course of all three trips, you will be making all the decisions via our social media channels, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – the option with the most votes wins and our presenters must obey, choose wisely!

So, keep an eye out for our first ‘Take over my trip’ journey to the fabulous Majorca, voting starts on the 24th June and it’s off to Majorica on the 2nd July 2019.

Our Presenters Majorica trip

Taking on Majorca we have Samira Mighty, ex-Love Islander and presenter #takeovermytrip #toomanyhashtags #itsloveislandtaketwo

New York trip

Taking a bite out of the big apple, New York, we have Ben Shires, comedian and TV presenter.

Turkey trip

And finally, we have Alex Winters, ex-CBeebies presenter taking on one of our favourite destinations, Antalya, Turkey.

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