Tour operator Thomas Cook has announced that it is to launch service to two major Caribbean destinations from Manchester

Airport news for Manchester,Flights on 15/04/2013.

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Tour operator Thomas Cook has announced that it is to launch service to two major Caribbean destinations from Manchester.

Officials from the Manchester-based charter firm said on Friday that flights to Antigua and St Lucia would begin later in the year; both services will be routed through Barbados and will run twice weekly from late autumn until April of 2014.

Although Thomas Cook flights are often reserved wholly for those booking package holidays, officials said that the majority of seats on the two Caribbean routes will be available for flight-only bookings.

Thomas Cook Group’s head of air operations Christoph Debus said in a statement that the new offerings provide a “fantastic” opportunity for Manchester travellers to easily reach some of the Caribbean’s most beautiful island destinations. He noted that the move comes after the recent reduction of connections from the Midlands and Scotland to Gatwick and that the carrier was looking to add more flexibility for passengers in those regions.

Return fares are available for as little as £464, according to an official release. St Lucia flights will commence on 10 November whilst the Antigua route will commence operations on 19 December.

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