Thomas Cook Airlines

Thomas Cook Airlines Boeing 767 taking off from Manchester International Airport.Manchester-based charter airline Thomas Cook Airlines ( flies to over 80 destinations from 21 UK airports. From ski holidays in Austria to coastal resorts in Greece, the airline appeals to a wide range of travellers and transports over 6 million people each year.

About Thomas Cook Airlines

Thomas Cook Airlines is the UK's fifth largest airline in terms of passengers carried. The airline operates charter flights to holiday resorts around the world. Thomas Cook's main operating bases are Manchester and Gatwick airports, with Manchester Airport being the airline's largest hub. Additional bases include Belfast International, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Midlands, Glasgow International, Stansted and Newcastle airports. As of March 2012, Thomas Cook operates a fleet of Airbus A320, A321 and A330 aircraft and Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft. The airline's call sign is "Kestrel", while its IATA code is MT and its ICAO airline designator is TCX.


The Thomas Cook name traces its history back to 1841 and one of Europe's pioneering travel and tourism companies. The original Thomas Cook Airlines was set up in 1999 and began operating as JMC Airlines in 2000 following a merger of Flying Colours and Caledonian Airways. The airline was renamed as Thomas Cook in 2003.

The new Thomas Cook Airlines was formed in 2008 with the merger of Thomas Cook Airlines UK and MyTravel Airways. Thomas Cook and MyTravel's parent companies had joined forces earlier in 2007 to form the Thomas Cook Group plc. MyTravel was a holiday package company and airline founded as AirTours in 1972. Based in Manchester, MyTravel Airways began operations in 1990 as AirTours International Airways and adopted the MyTravel name following a merger with Inter European Airways in 1993.

In 2013, the new Thomas Cook Airlines merged with Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium and Germany's Condor. Following the consolidation of airlines under the Thomas Cook Group umbrella, the airline is undergoing a fleet renewal that will see its Boeing aircraft replaced with Airbus A321-200 aircraft.


Thomas Cook flies between the UK and Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Gambia, Greece, India, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, and the United States. The airline also operates flights to Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua and Jamaica in the Caribbean. Flights depart from some of the UK's most popular holiday gateways, including Manchester, Gatwick, Glasgow, Birmingham, East Midlands, Newcastle, Bristol, Stansted, Cardiff, Belfast and Leeds Bradford International.

Classes of Service

Thomas Cook offers Premium economy and Economy class cabins on most aircraft. Inflight meals are provided on long-haul flights and available for purchase on most other flights. Thomas Cook's Premium seats are available on most long-haul flights. Benefits include more leg room in a dedicated cabin with luxurious leather seats that boast 35-inch pitch. Premium class passengers also have person TV screens on long-haul aircraft, additional baggage allowances, and priority check-in and boarding.

Head Office Address

Thomas Cook Airlines
The Thomas Cook Business Park
Conningsby Road