Thomas Cook Airlines’ Manchester to San Francisco
Customers onboard the Thomas Cook Airlines inaugural flight from Manchester to San Francisco were treated to a celebration of US entertainment and refreshments at the gate, with a spectacular Golden Gate Bridge cake marking the start of this fantastic new route for the airline. Two lucky winners from a month-long Gaydio competition won a trip to San Francisco for four days after completing a final challenge at check-in.
- Thomas Cook Airlines launched its inaugural San Francisco (SFO) flight from Manchester (MAN) on 14 May, confirming its position as the biggest carrier to the US from the UK airport. Thomas Cook’s Chief Airlines and Hotels Officer, Christoph Debus, said: “This is such an amazing day for our customers and our airline. Our direct US flights are so great for customer, offering more amazing destinations than any other carrier from Manchester. We are the largest long-haul carrier from Manchester.” Stephen Turner, Commercial Director at Manchester Airport, said: “We are absolutely delighted to see Thomas Cook Airlines’ inaugural flight to San Francisco leave from Manchester, the UK’s global gateway to and from the North. Manchester is the only UK airport outside of London to offer direct services to San Francisco and gives our 26.5m annual passengers easy access to the West Coast of the US. Furthermore it showcases the role Manchester Airport plays in UK aviation, offering passengers in our catchment area easy, direct options from their local airport. I am sure this route will be a success and hope all the passengers on the first flight have a great trip to the US.” Twice-weekly flights (Sundays and Thursdays) to San Francisco are operated by the airline’s A330-200s, and face competition from Virgin Atlantic Airways’ three times weekly service.