Flights: British Airways launch Turkey route to fill Thomas Cook void

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British Airways are set to fill the void left behind by the Thomas Cook collapse for tourists who frequent the Turkish resort of Antalya. The resort was once one of Thomas Cook’s most popular routes however since the travel agent’s collapse many holidaymakers have been left with limited options. Now British Airways have stepped up to the mark, offering a new route between Gatwick and Antalya. The new service is to take to the skies next April.

Offering six flights a week, the brand new route will take passengers from London’s Gatwick directly to Antalya, signifies an effort from BA to reconsider their existing destination offering.

It is predicted that the new flight will take 4 hours and 30 minutes.

Following the administration of Thomas Cook, many British airlines have begun to work to fill popular flights paths, ensuring travellers are still able to visit their favourite holiday locations.

British Airways already offer a route to Dalaman, Turkey.

The new flight offering from BA joins easyJet, Dart Group’s Jet2, tour group TUI Turkish Airlines and SunExpress who already provide routes to two Turkish destinations from London and Manchester.

Turkey’s tourism minister has said that the country anticipated an “increase in flights” by BA, easyJet and Jet2.

The British Airways website states: “We fly to Antalya, Turkey, six times a week from London Gatwick (LGW) in summer, starting from 30 April 2020. Our flights depart every day other than Tuesday, arriving into Antalya Airport (AYT), approximately four and a half hours later.”

Other airlines have jumped on targeting Thomas Cook customers, with easyJet offering a 15% reduction for travellers who were left with. cancelled holiday when the firm went into compulsory administration.

Meanwhile, SunExpress laid on additional reduced-fare flights from Luton airport.

British Airways, along with other UK airlines, has also been hard at work aiding the repatriation effort to rescue stranded holidaymakers after Thomas Cook went into liquidation on 23 September.

The rescue mission, dubbed “Project Matterhorn” worked to rescue 150,000 Britons stranded abroad.

A further 9,000 UK staff were left without jobs.

Luckily, Sunderland-based travel agent Hays Travel stepped in this week with plans to buy 555 Thomas Cook stores and save an estimated 421 jobs.

A statement from John and Irene Hays, owners of Hays Travel, said: “Thomas Cook was a much-loved brand employing talented people. We look forward to working with many of them.

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