Thomas Cook Airlines announced plans today for new nonstop service between Manchester and Seattle. The first flight to Seattle will take off from Manchester on May 27, 2018. The flights will operate on Thursdays and Saturdays and will be served by an Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
Flights outbound from Manchester will depart at around 12:10 local time and arrive in Seattle at about 13:40 for a flight time of about 9 hours 30 minutes. The return flight will depart Seattle at around 15:40 local time and arrive in Manchester at 9:45 the next morning for a flight time of about 9 hours 5 minutes.
“We are proud to be continuing our expansion to the USA by launching Seattle as a new destination next year,” said Christoph Debus, CEO of Thomas Cook Group Airline. “Our German Condor operation has served Seattle for many years and the year-round service has been really popular with our passengers.”
The announcement comes after the recent introduction of San Francisco into Thomas Cook’s network. The airline also recently started year-round service between Manchester and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).
The addition of Seattle as a new destination solidifies Thomas Cook’s position as the leading long-haul carrier operating flights between the U.S. and Manchester, serving more routes from the English city than any other airline.
“The addition of Seattle reinforces Thomas Cook Airlines’ position as the largest long-haul carrier from Manchester, serving more USA routes than any other airline,” reads a statement on Thomas Cook Airlines’ website.
Thomas Cook says that the new route underlines its commitment to Manchester Airport as the “long-haul hub of the North”. The airline operates eight Airbus A330s out of Manchester, the largest number of long-haul aircraft of any airline at the airport.
“To secure a direct route to Seattle is further testament to the role Manchester Airport plays in the North and UK as a whole,” said Collette Roche, Interim Managing Director at Manchester Airport. “We now offer more than a dozen direct destinations to the USA, meaning we have grown the number of seats on sale to US destinations at a greater rate than any other UK airport this year.”
However, Thomas Cook believes that the route can help airlines in the U.S. as well. The airline has multiple partners based in Seattle that customers can connect to reach an even greater number of summertime destinations.
“We work closely with partner airlines, allowing us to connect customers to 90 destinations within the USA,” said Debus. “Alaska Airlines, based in Seattle, is an important partner, offering our customers even more choice to the likes of British Columbia, Alberta, Alaska, and Hawaii.”