Airport welcomes new route

Aberdeen Airport is welcoming news that north-east passengers will now be able to fly to Monastir in Tunisia.

Thomas Cook will operate flights to Monastir in Tunisia in June and July 2010 from the north-east.

Often referred to as the Jewel of the Mediterranean, Tunisia offers many exotic locations and a hugely diverse North African culture. It is an ideal destination for sun, sea and sand, which makes relaxing on a Mediterranean beach after camel trekking through the Sahara more accessible from the north-east of Scotland than ever.

Kevin Brown is the Airport MD. He said “I am really pleased that we are able to announce this new route, and are hopeful that with support from passengers right around the north-east it will be able to continue into the winter programme as well.”

Rob Thompson, Aviation and Planning Director at Thomas Cook, said: “We want to offer as much flexibility as possible, so that holidaymakers can enjoy the convenience of flying from their local airport, so we’re very pleased to introduce Monastir as a destination from Aberdeen Airport.”

The announcement comes just after Thomas Cook introduced two Turkish destinations – Dalaman and Antalya - for Summer 2010. To give half term holidaymakers more options in October, an extra flight from Aberdeen to Tenerife has also been added.

It doesn’t stop there, work is continuing behind the scenes to secure new routes and destinations as far ahead winter 2010 and summer of next year. Mr Brown went on to say “Following the collapse of Flyglobespan, we have been working hard with airlines to develop a diverse flight schedule out of Aberdeen Airport. A great deal of planning goes into filling routes, such as ensuring aircraft are available and that there are crew teams to operate flights, so it is a hugely complex process. Importantly the airlines all really appreciate the value of routes out of Aberdeen and agree that this market has potential. ”


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