Cherrie Osborne (left), Director of Tourism for UK and Europe, Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority said: “We are thrilled that Thomas Cook has decided to launch a service from Manchester to our beautiful islands, making our destination more accessible to holiday makers in the north of the UK.” Anthony Cotton (right) from UK TV soap opera Coronation Street, was also on-hand to share the new route cake.
- Thomas Cook Airlines commenced the only UK service outside of London to Antigua (ANU) from Manchester (MAN) on 19 December. The seasonal weekly service (Thursdays) will be flown until 1 May by the airline’s 321-seat A330-200s with no direct competition. Stephen Turner, Aviation Commercial Director at Manchester Airports Group said: “We were delighted to see Thomas Cook’s inaugural flight to Antigua depart today, the demand for direct flights to the Caribbean from the North of England is incredibly strong at the moment. This new route means we are the only other airport outside of London to offer a direct service to St Lucia and Antigua. This highlights our continued dedication to offer passengers a wealth of routes locally, without having to travel further afield to congested southern airports.”