It is set to become even easier to escape the temperamental British weather as the Saint Lucia Tourist Board announces a new direct flight from Manchester Airport to the “simply beautiful” island of Saint Lucia.
From November 10, 2013, Thomas Cook Airlines will provide weekly Sunday flights on a specially configured Airbus A330 – 200 aircraft, leaving Manchester at 12 pm.
This midday departure allows travellers to benefit from a wide range of connections from regional airports across the UK and Europe including Scandinavia and Germany.
Thomas Cook owns Condor, and so Saint Lucia will benefit from the Condor connectivity. Flights will further be available to book through the Global Distribution System under the Condor code throughout the year.
The Thomas Cook flight will see two brands of Thomas Cook: Tropical Shores and Airtours, starting to sell to Saint Lucia which will be in their new brochure, out later this month.
The news comes as a welcome boost as there has been a recent reduction in connections from Manchester to Gatwick, limiting the travel options for those in the Midlands, the North and Scotland to connect with Caribbean flights from London.
Director of Tourism at the Saint Lucia Tourist Board, Louis Lewis, said: “We welcome the news that Thomas Cook Airlines will be expanding its services with this new flight to Saint Lucia. The specially configured Airbus A330 – 200 aircraft will hold 321 seats and this new direct route opens up our beautiful island to holidaymakers outside of London and the Southeast for the coming winter season as well as new markets in Europe which we would like to explore further.”