Thomas Cook has renewed its commitment to Aberdeen Airport. The airline will add a minimum of six new routes to its summer schedule, flying to destinations in Turkey and Spain from summer 2010.
Aberdeen was rocked by the collapse of Flyglobespan over the festive season – dozens of flights were dissolved overnight, and stranded customers were forced to purchase rescue fares from profiteering airlines, just so that they could get home for Christmas.
Bosses spent the last few days of 2009 hiding under the covers, waiting for a brave airline to rescue the airport from uncertainty.
Despite vehement criticism by Which? magazine, alluding to its archaic methods and belligerent staff, Thomas Cook is a popular airline, and the oldest package holiday company in the UK.
The firm will offer flights to Dalaman and Antalya in Turkey, as well as three routes to Spain – Ibiza, Reus and Palma. Aberdeen is still trying to find a carrier for five dead routes, including Dubrovnik in Croatia, and the ever-popular Benidorm, Spain.
“We are confident that some of the bigger routes – the most popular ones like Tenerife – will find new operators.” Aberdeen remains optimistic about the future, applauding the recent efforts of Thomas Cook to support the airport.
Aberdeen fell foul of the weather in December, recording a 3.5% drop in passenger numbers over the same period last year.
However, the British Airports Authority (BAA) remains confident that the airport will continue to recover from both the global recession, and the loss of Scotland’s first budget airline, Flyglobespan.