TUI moves in on the market share after Cook collapse which will cover Greece, Turkey, Balearics, Canaries, Mexico, Egypt and Florida. TUI will be scheduling an additional two million seats into the market next year.
TUI said it will be offering additional options for 7, 10, 11 and 14 night durations with more flights from Manchester, Doncaster, Sheffield, Birmingham, Glasgow and Newcastle. The move will also create jobs for more than 100 pilots and 200 cabin crew.
Andrew Flintham, managing director TUI UK and Ireland said: “At TUI we’re committed to offering outstanding holidays, flown from local airports to popular holiday hotspots.
“We understand the importance of providing great flexibility and choice, and recognise the need for customers to spread the cost of their holidays with 0% deposit and direct debit payments.
“The customer is at the heart of everything we do and this additional growth demonstrates our continued commitment for people to discover their smile with us.”
TUI Airways managing director Dawn Wilson, said: “We are delighted that our additional flying allows us to grow our team of ‘moment makers’ at TUI Airways.
“Every year we welcome new cabin crew and pilots and this year is set to be our biggest and best yet. I’m particularly proud to be able to commit to offering over 50 Thomas Cook captains the opportunity to join Tui Airways and continue to fly customers on their holidays.”
Balpa have commended TUI on their reaching out to ex-Thomas Cook pilots.
Brian Strutton General secretary said: “Balpa has worked closely with TUI Airways on its expansion plans and we are really pleased that so many new jobs have been earmarked for former Thomas Cook pilots.
“TUI is achieving its business growth in a morally responsible way and Balpa is pleased to support them.”