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More choice, more variety and more local routes for Scottish sun seekers

04/06/2014

Thomson and First Choice are pleased to announce that in summer 2015 they will be increasing capacity at Aberdeen International Airport through the introduction of 8,000 extra seats and a new route to Faro, Portugal from Aberdeen.

From Aberdeen, passengers will also benefit from additional capacity to Palma, Majorca owing to the introduction of an additional flying day, bringing the total number of destinations served from Aberdeen to six in summer 2015.

The move to introduce these routes is part of the UK’s largest tour operator’s strategy to ensure customers across the UK can fly from their local airport and stay at the best hotels in some of the most exciting destinations. The new routes went on sale on the 24th April.

Not only will customers from Scotland be able to fly to some fantastic, new destinations, but they will also have the opportunity to choose varying durations - not just the standard seven and 14 night stays.

Karen Switzer, Director of Aviation Planning for Thomson and First Choice, said of the move: “Adding additional capacity from Aberdeen International Airport and the introduction of a new route demonstrates our commitment to our Scottish passengers, and following the success of similar routes across a number of regional airports, we know that the demand is there.

“Expanding access to our portfolio of destinations and hotels is a key part of our overall strategy and we hope that this move will enhance the holiday experience for our customers.”

Carol Benzie, Managing Director of Aberdeen International Airport, said “The strength of the programme from Aberdeen this year is choice. There is a flight to a sun destination every day of the week, providing our passengers with more opportunities to travel than ever before with Thomson and First Choice. Adding new destinations such as Faro to the portfolio is one of the other key strengths, as it is in the top three requested destinations that our customers tell us they would like to see served. This shows how seriously we take leisure route development and is a step towards returning us to our pre-recession position. We hope that the North east public will embrace these new services and make the most of the opportunities from their local airport”.  

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