It’s been announced that a number of Thomas Cooks landing slots, at five UK airports, have been bought by EasyJet and Jet2.
EasyJet have bought Thomas Cooks landing slots at Bristol and Gatwick, reportedly for around £36m, in total the buyout included twelve summer take-off/landing slots, eight winter summer take-off/landing slots at Gatwick and six summer summer take-off/landing slots and one winter summer take-off/landing slot at Bristol.
Jet2 have also bought Thomas Cook landing slots at Birmingham, Manchester and Stanstead. The number of slots at these airports have yet to be announced, and the amount paid for them has not been disclosed.
Reports state that a number of airlines bid for these slots, and it comes a few weeks after other parts of the Thomas Cook company, such as the shops and branding, have already been sold to Hays Travel and Fosun.
The buying of these slots is great news to travellers, as it reopens some vital travel links not only in London, but across the UK, and we look forward to confirmation of the new routes for summer 2020.