has announced two new routes from Cardiff airport – Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt, and Monastir, Tunisia. The flights will operate over the winter season, terminating in April next year.
Despite a general downturn in the aviation industry, few UK holidaymakers are content to stay indoors and watch the rain slide down the windows.
Local authorities have noted increasingly strong demand for winter sunshine holidays from south Wales, bucking a trend that has seen passenger numbers drop throughout the UK.
A spokesperson for Thomas Cook, Pete Constanti, was enthusiastic about the new routes: “We are making it as convenient as possible for people to go on holiday. Holidaymakers now have even more destinations to choose from.”
Cardiff is the only international airport in Wales, claiming a huge catchment area. The facility handles some two million customers a year, many of whom travel from towns and cities in western England.
With Christmas not too far on the horizon, the next few months represent for many, the last chance to find a winter break before the end of the year.
Officials are determined to lure tourists away from the larger airports, after last year’s soggy summer drowned the local economy. Thomas Cook has urged Welsh travellers to “escape before the deals do.”
According to FHR, a travel information resource, the new flights will commence on the first and sixth of November, travelling to Egypt and Tunisia respectively.
Seven nights in Sharm el Sheikh on a bed and breakfast basis will cost in the region of £340, excluding baggage and taxes.