Air­port of­fers dream flight

Wilmslow Express - - NEWS - Char­lotte Cox

PAS­SEN­GERS will soon be able to board a Dream­liner flight to Aruba from Manch­ester Air­port.

Thom­son

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First Choice plan to launch the new route to the Caribbean is­land in sum­mer 2016, with one flight a week.

The Boe­ing 787 Dream­liner is a 20 per cent more fuel ef­fi­cient than the older model, with big­ger win­dows and more leg room.

Around 20 miles north of Venezuela, Aruba is a Dutch-owned and cac­tusstewn coun­try with a re­li­ably warm and sunny cli­mate.

The new route will go on sale on April 23. It will op­er­ate on Mon­days and 300 seats will be avail­able on the weekly flight.

The air­line is also boost­ing ca­pac­ity on other routes – but a Thom­son spokesman was un­able to re­veal which th­ese were or the num­bers in­volved.

Karen Switzer, direc­tor of avi­a­tion plan­ning for Thom­son and First Choice, said: “Adding more ca­pac­ity from Manch­ester and the in­tro­duc­tion of a new route to Aruba in the Caribbean demon­strates our com­mit­ment to Manch­ester Air­port and the lo­cal area, and, fol­low­ing the suc­cess of sim­i­lar routes across a num­ber of re­gional air­ports, we know the de­mand is there.

“We are pleased to be able to ex­tend our long haul of­fer­ing al­low­ing our cus­tomers in the Manch­ester area to ex­pe­ri­ence new des­ti­na­tions, trav­el­ling on our 787 Dream­liner.

“Ex­pand­ing ac­cess to our port­fo­lio of des­ti­na­tions and ho­tels is a key part of our over­all strat­egy and we hope that this move will en­hance the hol­i­day ex­pe­ri­ence for our cus­tomers.”

Stephen Turner, com­mer­cial direc­tor at Manch­ester Air­port, said: “We are de­lighted to see the ad­di­tional ca­pac­ity from Thom­son and First Choice at Manch­ester Air­port.

“The ex­tra route also strength­ens their of­fer­ing from the north.

“We are see­ing more and more pas­sen­gers ‘Fly Manch­ester’, which is ev­i­dent af­ter our most suc­cess­ful year on record where 22.32m pas­sen­gers trav­elled through the UK’s third big­gest air­port. We are sure the ad­di­tional ca­pac­ity and new route to Aruba will prove to be popular with the 22m peo­ple in our catch­ment area.”

De­spite be­ing lo­cated thou­sands of miles from Europe, the is­land is part of the King­dom of the Nether­lands, although the lo­cal cur­rency is the Aruban Florins.

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