Thomas Cook Airlines has decided to operate flights from London Stansted to Orlando, Cancun and Las Vegas in summer 2015 – becoming the only airline to offer a long haul programme from the airport.
It announced last year that from June 2014 it would operate two aircraft from Stansted – using the larger Airbus A321 replacing the existing A320 – bringing an increased amount of flights and holidays which are now on sale for holidaymakers from the East and South East of England to a range of new destinations.
With long haul flights on a larger Airbus A330, the additional flights in 2015 will begin on the weekend of Friday July 17 - with two flights a week to Orlando and one per week to both Cancun and Las Vegas – and continue up to mid-August 2015.
Christoph Debus, CEO Thomas Cook Airlines said: “It’s great news that we are able to continue to grow our partnership with London Stansted – and it’s even better news for holidaymakers in the East and South East of England as they can now fly long haul from their local airport.”
Stansted MD, Andrew Harrison, added: “We’re delighted Thomas Cook Airlines are the first airline to announce new long-haul connections from Stansted when they launch services to Orlando, Cancun and Las Vegas from next summer.
“Stansted already has an unrivalled network of European destinations but today’s announcement demonstrates our drive to improve services and expand the range of destinations we offer.
“This is yet another vote of confidence by Thomas Cook Airlines, who are already expanding this summer with eight new routes using larger aircraft. Thomas Cook Airlines recognise our untapped potential and what a great airport Stansted is for passengers travelling to and from London and the East of England so the development of all these new services is not only great news for Stansted, but great news for the wider region.”