Viva Glasvegas! Francois Bourienne, Commercial Director, Glasgow Airport; Paul White, Business Development Manager, Glasgow Airport; James Burrows, Director of Aviation at Thomas Cook Airlines; along with representatives from Thomas Cook Airlines and Alea Casinos were on hand to play new route roulette with this fabulous cake celebrating the start of Glasgow to Las Vegas operations on 4 May.
Enjoying in-flight entertainment of a different kind were: Dominique Decard and Sharon Confue, both from Thomas Cook Airlines, as well as Patrick Alexander from MAG. They were flanked by cheerleaders and cabin crew celebrating the inaugural flights between Manchester and New York JFK and Miami.
- Thomas Cook Airlines’ first flight from Glasgow (GLA) to Las Vegas (LAS) on 4 May departed with over 300 passengers on board. The new service, announced last year, follows a series of one-off flights to the US city in recent summers. Operating on Mondays, the new service will continue on selected dates up to the 31 October. Christoph Debus, Chief Airlines and Hotels Officer for the Thomas Cook Group said: “It’s fantastic news that we are able to start a regular flight to Las Vegas with such a fantastic event at Glasgow Airport, and we’re looking forward to a successful summer and winter programme to this popular destination.” Francois Bourienne, Commercial Director, Glasgow Airport, said: “The launch of direct flights to Las Vegas is fantastic news for Scottish travellers, and it further strengthens our growing long haul route network. This is the first time Scotland has had a regular service to the entertainment capital of the world, and Thomas Cook is already reporting incredibly strong demand from customers for the new route.” Earlier in the same week, the airline also began two services from Manchester (MAN) – namely to Miami (MIA) and New York JFK (JFK). The former commenced on 3 May, twice-weekly (Fridays and Sundays), with the Big Apple service starting the next day, with a thrice-weekly operation. While the Glasgow to Las Vegas and the Manchester to Miami routes face no direct competition, the 5,359-kilometre sector to New York JFK will have to endure the presence of incumbents American Airlines (daily) and Pakistan International Airlines (twice-weekly). All flights are flown by the airline’s A330-200s.