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Old October 14th, 2019, 09:50 PM   #961
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Old October 15th, 2019, 05:50 PM   #962
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Flybe to become Virgin Connect...

"In 2020 Flybe will become Virgin Connect, your new go-to name in regional flying.

As Flybe, we have been connecting passengers across the UK and Europe for 40 years and as we embark on an ambitious transformation, Virgin Connect will continue our work as Europe’s Largest Regional Airline.

As part of the extended Virgin family, Virgin Connect will reflect the innovation and entrepreneurship of Virgin's wider brands, putting our customers first and offering better value.

Providing great customer experience is at the core of Virgin Connect's DNA and will be one of the many ways in which we will differentiate ourselves in the regional market upon rebranding next year.

Connect Airways* CEO, Mark Anderson said: “We are hugely excited by this milestone in our airline’s 40-year history. We will remain true to our heritage and reason for being, which is offering essential regional connectivity to local communities.

“At its heart, Virgin Connect will be passionately focused on becoming Europe's most loved and successful regional airline. It will offer travel that is simple and convenient with the personal touch. Our customers will naturally expect the same exceptional travel experience as they do with other Virgin-related brands. Whatever their reason for flying, we want our customers to feel loved and know we will always put their needs first in every decision we take.

“As part of the Virgin family, we now have a tremendously re-energised team. From here on in, we invite our customers, partners and the communities we serve to join us on every step of this exciting journey!”
Keep an eye on this website and the Flybe social media channels for updates on our exciting journey to Virgin Connect.

What changes will you see?

We’ll be saying goodbye to purple and hello to red. We’ll also be offering our customers an enhanced customer experience, whilst continuing to connect the regions & our passengers to what matters most."

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Old October 16th, 2019, 07:27 PM   #963
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Jet2 Adds MAN Capacity...

"British carrier Jet2.com in summer 2020 season plans to introduce additional Boeing 757-operating routes out of Manchester, reflected in recent schedule update. Additional routes to be operated by Boeing 757, instead of Boeing 737, as follows.

Manchester – Almeria 21MAY20 – 17SEP20 1 weekly (Overall 3 weekly)
Manchester – Corvera 22MAY20 – 25SEP20 1 weekly (Overall 3 weekly)
Manchester – Nice 22MAY20 / 25MAY20 only
Manchester – Preveza eff 10MAY20 1 weekly (Except 29JUN20 – 26SEP20)"

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Old October 17th, 2019, 11:22 AM   #964
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"Thomas Cook liquidators land bids for UK airport slots"

"KPMG set a 5pm deadline on Wednesday for initial bids for dozens of Thomas Cook take-off and landing slots, Sky News learns.

The liquidators of Thomas Cook's British operations have kicked off a process aimed at raising tens of millions of pounds from an auction of dozens of airport take-off and landing slots.

Sky News has learnt that KPMG, which was appointed by the Official Receiver to assist with the liquidation of the 178 year-old travel group, set a deadline of 5pm on Wednesday for bids for the slots.

The auction, which includes about 15 pairs of summer slots at London's Gatwick Airport, has drawn interest from some of the UK's biggest carriers, including British Airways' parent company International Airlines Group.

EasyJet, Virgin Atlantic Airways and Wizz Air are also understood to have lodged offers for limited numbers of slots, with Thomas Cook having operated out of Aberdeen and Manchester airports, in addition to Gatwick.

In an aviation market constrained by capacity restrictions, take-off and landing slots can be among an airline's most valuable assets.

Although Thomas Cook's slots were generally less valuable because of their departure and arrival times in the middle of the day, analysts expect them to generate a substantial sum for the company's liquidators to distribute to creditors.

Sources said the auction needed to be completed by the middle of November for legal reasons, allowing a four-week period between initial bids and the conclusion of the sale process.

Monarch Airline's collapse in 2017 highlighted the issue of slot ownership, with Airport Coordination Limited, an independent..."

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Old October 17th, 2019, 11:31 AM   #965
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I believed, as a result of the Monarch collapse, that it had been legally found that the Manchester slots were not able to be sold and were returned to the "pot" for ACL to reallocate to other airlines on behalf of the airport.
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Old October 18th, 2019, 12:29 PM   #966
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"Inside Manchester Airport’s new private terminal"

"In September, Manchester Airport cut the ribbon on a new private terminal, which promises to offer passengers numerous perks, from personalised airside transfers to faster baggage processing. Ben Cozens, a divisional director at Jacobs – the group behind its design – talks about the scope of the project.

By way of its 80th birthday celebrations, last year saw passenger numbers at Manchester Airport soar to a record 28 million.

It was a significant milestone for the airport – the UK’s third largest – which, since the early 1990s, has made it its mission to attract non-London haul services to the north-west of England. Recently, it has announced new services to the likes of Ethiopia and India.

Consequently, the airport features heavily in the Northern Powerhouse concept, which seeks to position the north of England as an economic competitor to London and the Southeast. Regional leaders are keen on attracting more airlines from beyond Europe as the UK gears up to depart the EU.

Owner Manchester Airports Groups (MAG) – which also owns London Stansted and East Midlands – is evidently keen to put itself forward as a progressive operator. This applies to passenger experience, too.

Earlier this year, it was announced that MAG is investing in a new private terminal for passengers flying on commercial airlines. Standing separately from the airport’s existing three terminals, passengers will be able to upgrade to the PremiAir terminal, irrespective of ticket class.

Described as “affordable luxury”, the new terminal – situated next to the airport’s runway visitor park – applies to both departing passengers and arrivals, with prices starting at £50 per person, as revealed in a recent MAG press release.

Perks include an elegant lounge space, with accompanying panoramic views of the airfield; complimentary food served by a resident chef; baggage processing; a dedicated security channel; private airside transfers; and personal luggage return.

Billed as the first of its kind by MAG, Jacobs was selected to design the new terminal. Having worked on hundreds of previous aviation projects, Ben Cozens, a divisional director with the group, confirms PremiAir is “unique”.

Having opened its doors in September, below Cozens provides a glimpse of how Jacobs has gone about creating the latest addition to Manchester Airport – a hub in clear growth mode.

Ross Davies: when did Jacobs and Manchester Airports Group (MAG) first sit down together?

Ben Cozens: Jacobs and MAG have been working collaboratively together for over ten years. We provide professional services to MAG under their professional services framework.

MAG is constantly reviewing its offer to passengers, looking for new opportunities to improve and enhance the passenger experience and offer them truly innovative products.

MAG identified an opportunity to develop a high-end travel experience that caters for all business and leisure travellers, regardless of the class of their ticket, and who want a streamlined service with boutique features.

MAG first approached us about this project in early 2018. Our full time, co-located core team and our lead architect, Brian Babish, worked collaboratively with MAG to develop the concept design. As a full multi-discipline aviation specialist, Jacobs was able to deliver the whole project in-house, drawing on our design expertise.

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Old October 19th, 2019, 11:17 AM   #967
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The New Check in Area at T2X Looking Great...

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Old October 23rd, 2019, 11:52 AM   #968
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"TUI adds 440,000 seats for summer 2020 from Manchester Airport"

"TUI, the UK’s largest holiday company, has announced their biggest ever holiday programme with Manchester Airport seeing particular growth in long haul, with additional days of flying to family favourite destinations Orlando Sanford (Florida), Cancun (Mexico) and Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) added to its summer 2020 programme.

Manchester Airport's huge increase in seats does not stop at just long haul with many more seats available on additional flights added for short and mid-haul hotspots.

TUI have added over 20 more flying days across 16 of its current destinations that depart from Manchester Airport including customer favourites such as Lanzarote (Spain), Izmir (Turkey), Malaga (Spain) and more.

The summer 2020 programme will also see an increase in the frequency of flights operating to Antalya (Turkey), Dalaman (Turkey), Corfu (Greece), Menorca (Spain), Enfidha (Tunisa), Palma (Spain) and Tenerife (Canaries), giving holidaymakers from the North West more choice when booking next year’s summer holiday.

TUI UK&I’s director of aviation planning, Karen Switzer said: "Earlier this month TUI announced an additional two million seats to many holiday destination favourites and today the majority of these seats go on sale for summer 2020. We are delighted that our new additions launched today provide holidaymakers departing from our regional airports with even more choice when deciding where to go next summer on holiday. The customer is at the heart of everything we do and this additional growth to some of our customer’s favourite holiday hotspots demonstrates our continued commitment for people to discover their smile with us."

Julian Carr, aviation director at Manchester Airport, said: "We’re delighted that TUI is expanding its operation here from Manchester for summer 2020. By adding more frequencies to lots of its popular destinations, our passengers will have even more choice when it comes to booking their holidays for next year.""

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Old October 24th, 2019, 12:03 PM   #969
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"Virgin Atlantic plots Manchester hub following Thomas Cook collapse"

"Virgin Atlantic plans to make Manchester airport a network hub for the airline, with more long-haul routes to be introduced to link to recently-acquired regional capacity.

The airline’s European vice president, commercial Juha Jarvinen, said Manchester is “our second home” and the “Thomas Cook’s demise gives us an opportunity”.

The airline recently announced the new name – Virgin Connect – of regional carrier Flybe, which it led a consortium to acquire earlier this year. Flybe has more than 300 slots at Manchester flying on regional and domestic routes.

On the airline’s flight celebrating its new direct route from Heathrow to Tel Aviv, Jarvinen told Travel Weekly: “We are certainly finalising our Thomas Cook actions and we hope to be able to further strengthen our offering for next year [from Manchester].

“We will be offering more flights to certain destinations for next winter and we are definitely exploring new destinations from Manchester.

“That was originally our plan but Thomas Cook’s demise gives us an opportunity. Manchester is definitely our second home and is a region that is underserved both in business and leisure [routes]. We are hoping to further develop Manchester connectivity and are finalising next summer’s flights.

“By growing Manchester connectivity, we can also grow our long-haul offering there. We believe we can build a network hub in Manchester that nobody has done before. When we welcome Flybe into the Virgin family [as Virgin Connect next year] it becomes easier.”


At the press conference in Tel Aviv, chief executive Shai Weiss said: “There’s more to come. Watch our space in terms of what we will announce following the demise of iconic British brand Thomas Cook.”

The direct Manchester-Los Angles route has seen an 85% load factor, higher than Virgin’s average of around 80%, and Jarvinen said the route had “increased the number of movie producers flying to Manchester”.

Connectivity is the overall message from Virgin, which as well as the Flybe deal has also signed a joint ventures with KLM-Air France and China Eastern, as well as a codeshare agreement with Brazilian carrier Gol to connect to Virgin’s new Heathrow Sao Paulo route starting next spring.

“Up until now, Virgin Atlantic has been serving London and Manchester to the world,” Jarvinen told Travel Weekly. “In order to diversify the offering, we need to have the regional connectivity as well. Customers don’t just want to fly out of London and Manchester. We should be offering European short-haul and domestic as well.”

The airline also wants to boost its connectivity out of Heathrow, where Flybe only has 12 slots. Jarvinen said this was more difficult because of the allocation of slots which Virgin Atlantic has for a long time claimed has been unfairly weighted towards its rival British Airways.

Jarvinen reiterated chief executive Shai Weiss’ calls for Heathrow to allocate more slots to BA’s competitors when Heathrow’s third runway is built.
“The problem with Heathrow is that it is full,” he said. “So we have been unable to grow.

“We believe the current global allocation method is not fair for the consumers. If we follow that then BA will get around 60% of the new slots [at runway three] which is not in the interests of the consumer.”

“This is the largest airport infrastructure project in Europe and therefore this method should change because this is a traumatic change in capacity.”

The new Tel Aviv route has “exceeded expectations”, added Jarvinen – who said its load factor was around 90%. He said the split of passengers was roughly three ways between Britons, Americans and Israelis, with many opting to connect between the US and Tel Aviv via London.

“We believe we have the range of products to give the route the right mix.”"

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Old October 25th, 2019, 07:23 PM   #970
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"Gateway to the North: Manchester Airport welcomes record numbers of international students"

"Manchester Airport has welcomed a record number of international students through its terminals this summer, underlining the world class reputation of universities across the North.

There are 43 universities within the airport’s two-hour catchment area, all of which are increasingly attracting students from as far afield as China, India and Japan.

Offering world-renowned undergraduate and postgraduate courses and research placements, they have long been a draw for overseas students seeking a British education.

But, as Manchester Airport’s long-haul route network has grown in recent years, applications from all four corners of the globe have increased in tandem

The UK’s third largest airport has seen an 18% increase in the number of long-haul seats between 2015 and 2018, which in some cases has contributed to a 25% increase in international student numbers at Northern universities.

In the last month, thousands of international students have flown into Manchester Airport as they begin their studies or return for another year at university. Representatives from the universities of Manchester, Liverpool, Chester, Sheffield, Bangor and Bradford were amongst the many providing an arrivals service.

The University of Manchester collected more than 800 students, while the University of Liverpool had more than 500 students, with the University of Bradford picking up more than 350. The figures do not include those making their own way to the universities.

As the airport has continued to grow and add more destinations it has made it easier for the universities in the airport’s catchment area to attract new international students.

Alex Carter, International Centre, The University of Chester, said: “The University of Chester is expecting to welcome a record number of international students for this academic intake with the vast majority arriving at Manchester Airport. These new starters will become part of our diverse and vibrant community with 20,000 students from 130 different countries currently studying at the University.

“Our most popular markets for international student recruitment include China, Nigeria, India, USA and countries in the South East Asia region. These new students will be studying a wide range of programmes across all levels with Business, Clinical Sciences, Medicine and Engineering among the most popular subject areas.

“Good connectivity plays an important part of our international recruitment efforts. We know students prefer to choose destinations which are easily accessible and mentioning our close proximity to Manchester Airport, a hub for international arrivals, is an effective marketing tool.

“An international student’s journey in the UK begins at the airport and their..."

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Old October 26th, 2019, 02:04 PM   #971
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MANTP Update #113 dated 18th October 2019 - Courtesy of the MANTP Team to whom full credit is given





























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Old October 30th, 2019, 08:58 PM   #972
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Plans revealed for £30m Manchester Airport facility

"One of the world's largest air services providers has outlined plans to expand its presence at Manchester Airport with a new £30m cargo facility.

The 145,000 sq ft build-to-suit site is being developed by MAG Property for Dnata at the hub's World Freight Terminal.

It will include 20,000 sq ft of office space over two floors and be "particularly well situated" for ease of airfield access, allowing Dnata to consolidate and grow its Manchester operations.

With the capacity to handle more than 150,000 tonnes per annum, it will become operational in the summer of 2020 and stand to benefit from the airport's wider £1bn transformation programme.

Dnata UK chief executive Gary Morgan said: "We've been operating successfully at Manchester Airport for eight years now but the increasing demand for the quality of service that we provide means we've outgrown our existing space at the World Freight Terminal.

"We're delighted to be able to relocate into new facilities at the airport and support our growing airline customer base."

Jonathan Haigh, MAG Property managing director, added: "The scale of Dnata's ambition and longevity of commitment rightly called for our assembly of this prime site and for a suitably impressive scheme to fully exploit its potential.

"From masterplanning to transaction execution, it's been a great example of how we blend our airport operations knowledge with real estate development expertise and work hard and with skill for our customers."

The facility is being constructed on the brownfield site of a former aircraft hangar by McLaren as principal contractor.

MAG Property was advised by CMS, while Dnata was advised by Gowlings and Lambert Smith Hampton."

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Time for this week's update courtesy of the MANTP Team-to whom full credit (and copyright) is given.

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"Manchester Airport to open brand new 'AeroZone'"

"New on-site education centre will give schoolchildren of all ages opportunities to learn more about their local airport and the job opportunities available in aviation
Announcement, made as part of Manchester Airports Group (MAG) annual Corporate Social Responsibility report, is part of the “MAG Connect” programme, which aims to connect local communities with jobs at airports
Centre will focus on a range of topics and subjects, and will welcome more than 5,000 pupils each year
Facility delivered as part of airport’s £1bn transformation programme


Manchester Airport today announced plans to open a state-of-the-art education centre on its campus.

Called AeroZone, it will launch in the new year and host more than 5,000 pupils aged between four and 18 every year.

Sessions will seek to inspire young people about the wide range of careers they can pursue in aviation, as well as giving them practical advice about how to access employment opportunities and prepare for the world of work.

Cutting edge design and educational technology will be used to link aviation-related activities to the curriculum at the AeroZone, which will be housed in the Airport’s on-site transport interchange. CGI images released today show the layout of the centre, as well as an indication of how each of the classrooms and spaces will look. The design of the centre is heavily influenced by aviation with airplane seats as classroom seating and windows like those found onboard an aircraft. A dedicated “careers wall” will showcase the wide range of careers available in aviation and information and advice about how to access them.

The plans were revealed as the Airport’s parent company - MAG - released its latest Corporate Social Responsibility report, which as well as committing to linking local people to jobs and education, also detailed the group’s on-going commitment to the environment.

Andrew Cowan, CEO of Manchester Airport, said:
“Manchester Airport has a proud track record of giving back to the communities we serve, through initiatives like our Community Trust Fund, colleague volunteering schemes and our wide-ranging education programme.

“As we deliver the biggest investment in our 81-year history, through our £1bn transformation project, it is only right that this also marks the start of an exciting new era for our CSR programme.

“AeroZone will form the centrepiece of that and I am sure it will prove to be an engaging and inspirational education space for..."

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Old November 4th, 2019, 01:59 PM   #975
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"Jet2 adds Austrian route for summer 2020"

"Jet2 has announced summer flights to the Tyrolean capital Innsbruck for the first time.

Flights will operate twice weekly services (Wednesday and Sunday) from Manchester Airport, from May 23 to September 19, as well as weekly Wednesday services from Birmingham Airport from June 3 through to September 16.

The launch comes on the back of the company's first ever programme of ski services to Innsbruck, which start in December this year.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: "Innsbruck is the perfect fit for the growing number of people who are looking for adventure, scenery, and wellness on their holidays.""

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Old November 4th, 2019, 06:21 PM   #976
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MANTP Update #115 dated 1st November courtesy of the MANTP Team - to whom full credit is given.

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Old November 7th, 2019, 09:59 PM   #977
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Virgin Atlantic continues expansion at Manchester Airport

"The airline will offer more than 43,000 additional seats to Orlando, Barbados and Las Vegas increasing capacity by 11% versus Summer 2019
Virgin Atlantic has announced an expanded flying operation out of Manchester Airport for Summer 2020,
while Virgin Holidays has unveiled five brand new retail stores, offering increased choice for leisure customers travelling from the Manchester region and immersive ways for customers to book holidays.

In September, the airline announced it would be adding 30,000 additional seats from the North West for Winter 2019. Today’s announcement signals continued growth at its Northern base, with the expanded summer schedule to Orlando, Barbados and Las Vegas, increasing capacity on these routes by 11% compared to Summer 2019 – a total of 43,000 extra seats.

Together with partners Virgin Connect (Europe’s largest regional airline, formerly Flybe) and Delta Air Lines, Virgin Atlantic now offers more choice to passengers than ever before and the family of airlines will have more flights than any other airline at Manchester Airport. Together they will offer almost 800,000 long haul seats to popular destinations for Summer 2020.

To complement the capacity growth, Virgin Holidays will be investing in five new retail stores, creating 28 jobs, and offering customers the opportunity to book their holiday in a fun, immersive atmosphere. The stores, which are all scheduled to open this year, will be in Birmingham, Derby, Peterborough, Romford and Stoke-on-Trent. The five new stores are in addition to seven already-scheduled openings in Canterbury, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and St Albans, all of which are on track to open before the end of the December.

Expansion to the Virgin Atlantic flying programme, which will commence in Summer 2020, include: Flights to Barbados from Manchester will increase from two times a week to three times a week for the whole of the summer season, offering an additional 10,000 seats There will be an increase of flights to Las Vegas from Manchester with two extra weekly flights for the peak season and an extra 10,000 seats There will be an increase in flights from Manchester to Orlando, with up to two extra weekly flights, offering up to 14 flights a week in the peak summer season and 23,000 extra seats Virgin Atlantic is also..."

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Old November 8th, 2019, 05:03 PM   #978
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October stats have now been made available by the airport. Allowing for the loss of Thomas Cook I believe that a reduction of less than 2% over the same month last year is a pretty good return.

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Old November 8th, 2019, 05:58 PM   #979
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The next AIRAC Update (13/2019) which is due for implementation on 5th December has the new charts shown below:

I appreciate that this covers areas outside of the immediate MANTP discussion, however I believe that 'the part' becomes 'the whole'.

Firstly let's start at the 23R holding point - The old holding bay at J2-J1 is now shown as disused, presumably due to the TUI 737-MAX aircraft be parked there.

At the present time the southside taxiways are unaffected by the changes.

Coming down runway 23R Taxiway D is now renamed P and this renaming continues up through the old 'East Link' - for those of us old enough to recall that name.

The new Taxiway D runs from north from its junction with Taxiway B and through to opposite the old Stand 100 where it now is temporarily ended.

New Taxiway E replaces NA through the West Apron whilst Taxiway NC is introduced around the end of Pier C and then up the front of Terminal 2.

I believe that this summary pretty well covers these initial changes, however more will happen later in 2020.



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"Dnata's new charters to focus on regional airports, Bevan confirms"

"The new charter programme launched by the parent company of Gold Medal and Travel 2 will focus on regional airports across the country, with flights set to be on sale before Christmas, dnata Travel Europe’s chief executive has revealed.

John Bevan said the new operation would “definitely not be a London-centric proposition”.

The move will see the group creating short and medium-haul capacity which will be used across dnata’s B2B and B2C portfolio, the latter of which includes Travel Republic, Netflights and Travelbag.

Dnata has appointed former Thomas Cook Airlines’ digital, UK and international sales director Henry Sunley as director of air supply at the group, to lead the operation. He said he was “particularly excited by the opportunity to build a charter proposition for the group, using my expertise in this area to maximise what we see as being a market with considerable potential.”

Speaking to TTG, Bevan said: “We’re more interested in doing regional departures across the UK.

“Gatwick is quite busy airport so there’s less opportunity to add capacity there. We’re interested in working with Manchester and other airports in the north and maybe some other regions. We’re absolutely focused on regional airports – we’re talking to all sorts at the moment and we’re looking at all options,” he added.

Bevan remained tight-lipped on which destinations the charter programme would fly to, confirming only that dnata was “looking at developing a charter programme to suppliers to fill some of the gap left by Thomas Cook’s departure which focuses on the destinations that work best for our businesses.”

He added the aim was to have some of the routes on sale before Christmas with flights then beginning in spring 2020.

Bevan said he had received “a lot” of interest from travel agents since TTG broke news of the charter programme last week.

“It’s been great to see the interest from the trade. We will be speaking to lots of trade partners and working with them to gauge their interest and help shape what should be done to support the trade with more flying and more options.”"

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