easyJet buys Thomas Cook Gatwick and Bristol landing slots for £36m

easyJet is set for a boost at Gatwick and Bristol airports after handing over £36m for new landing slots. Previously owned by fallen travel operator Thomas Cook, the new landing slots will offer additional opportunities for the budget airline to dispatch flights to and from. The spots at Gatwick will offer 12 additional summer plot pairs and eight winter slot pairs. At Bristol, the airline will enjoy six new summer plot pairs and one winter slot pair.


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A spokesperson for easyJet said: “easyJet has successfully acquired Thomas Cook’s slots at Gatwick Airport (12 summer slot pairs and 8 winter free online slots for fun pairs) and Bristol Airport (6 summer slot pairs and one winter slot pair) for £36 million. Contractual terms have concluded and the slots have been awarded to easyJet.”

The airline has also advised that it will provide further detail on the new acquisition during its full-year result announcement on 19 November 2019. Though little is known about the impact the new slots will have for passengers, there is a chance the airline could be boosting flight frequency or its flight offering from the two air hubs.

Express.co.uk has reached out to both Gatwick and Bristol airports for comment.

This week the airline also announced its flight offering for Autumn 2020, with prices starting as low as £30.99.

Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis appeared on Good Morning Britain to urge Britons to snap up this jaw-dropping deal while they can.

The flight offering will see holidaymakers jet off to exotic destinations including Santiago de Compostela, Tivat and Jerez de la Frontera for the lowest costs.

The deal covers all one-way flights from Gatwick to the listed destinations.

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While the cheapest priced tickets start at an amazing £30.99, for just £2 more travellers can experience the sights of Naples, Dusseldorf, Verona, Krakow and Amsterdam.

Martin Lewis advised holidaymakers to act fast saying: “When it [easyJet] launches its flights they tend to be cheapest because it does pricing by demand and demand is less when it starts to launch the flights.

This morning it has launches flights from 31 August to the 24 October 2020, so September and October next year, no exact time when they launch them.”

Lewis went on to share the story of one traveller named Ellie who benefitted from the deal last year. The passenger said: “ Booked easyJet Cyprus, 7 of us at easter. I paid £815 same flights now a whopping £2,226.”


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The Money Saving Expert went on to advise customers: “ I should say though last time we did this a lot of people complained because they got a price and the price was going up quickly that by the time it came to paying the price was higher than the one they had seen…that was because of so much demand.”

Meanwhile, the Thomas Cook name has been purchased by Chinese investment firm Fosum.

Plans outline using the travel agent’s name on the Fosun website.

The Chinese firm will market its own holidays, as well as take over all Thomas Cook brand hotels, Casa Cook and Cook’s Club.

Qian Jiannong, chairman of Fosun tourism group, said: “The group has always believed in the brand value of Thomas Cook.

“The acquisition of the Thomas Cook brand will enable the group to expand its tourism business building on the extensive brand awareness of Thomas Cook and the robust growth momentum of Chinese outbound tourism.”

According to Travel Weekly Fosun was not the only firm that put forward a bid for the Thomas Cook brand.

Joint liquidator AlixPartners, working alongside KPMG, rejected Tui’s approach on the basis that the company did not want to own the Thomas Cook brand outright.

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