Customer surge for holiday operator
Travel operator Thomas Cook has seen a surge in the number of people it takes on holiday.
Thomas Cook, based in Lynch Wood, Peterborough, says the number of people booking their summer holidays with the company this year has risen by 1.5 million compared with three years ago.
About six million customers holiday with Thomas Cook each year.
The increase in bookings was announced as the company revealed its third quarter results for the three months to the end of June.
Peter Fankhauser, chief executive of Thomas Cook, said: “So far, we are taking one and a half million more customers on holiday this summer than we did three years ago, showing the growth in demand for our modern package and flight offer.
“We continue to innovate to broaden our appeal.
“An 11-per-cent increase in bookings for this summer reflects good demand across all destinations.
“The pick-up in demand for Turkey we reported ear- lier in the year has continued, as customers are attracted to the quality and value on offer.
“As we go into the peak summer season, our holiday offering is in great shape.”
Over the period, group revenue was up 14 per cent to £2.3 billion with gross profit up £47 million to £468 million.
Overall group bookings for this summer are up 11 per cent. There has been significant growth in bookings to Greece (up 22 per cent), Bulgaria (up 19 per cent), Cyprus (up 14 per cent) and long-haul destinations. Thomas Cook says Turkey is recovering well, as customers seek high-quality and value destinations.
Thomas Cook sees growth in the number of its summer customers.