Thomson and First Choice confirm Dreamliner will serve new Caribbean destination from Glasgow Airport in 2014
13 August 2013
Thomson and First Choice have confirmed they will operate the new state-of-the-art Dreamliner aircraft on direct flights from Glasgow Airport to the Dominican Republic next summer.
The move to introduce the routes is part of the UK’s largest tour operator’s strategy to ensure customers across the UK can fly from their local airport and stay at the best hotels in some of the most exciting destinations.
The weekly service to Punta Cana on the Caribbean island will take to the skies on 1 May 2014 and will run throughout the summer season. It is the first time Glasgow Airport will have served the Dominican Republic in two years and passengers will have the opportunity to experience the state-of-the-art Thomson 787 Dreamliner.
The Dominican Republic will be third long-haul destination served from Glasgow by one of Thomson’s fleet of 787 Dreamliners which currently fly to Orlando, Florida and Cancun, Mexico.
The aircraft’s first ever transatlantic flight departed Glasgow Airport for Cancun on Monday 8 July and has since proved very popular with customers. Almost 300 passengers flew on the inaugural flight and 97% rated their experience as 'excellent' or 'good.'
Paul Cooper, airport negotiations manager for Thomson and First Choice, said: “Adding the extra capacity and the introduction of the Thomson 787 Dreamliner demonstrates the importance of Glasgow Airport and the local area to our business, and following the success of similar routes across a number of regional airports, we know that the demand is there.
“Expanding access to our portfolio of destinations and hotels is a key part of our overall strategy. We hope that this move will enhance the holiday experience for our customers and that they are as excited as we are about the new 787 Dreamliner.”
Francois Bourienne, commercial director at Glasgow Airport, said: “This is yet more good news from Thomson and First Choice. It was an honour to have been the first UK airport to wave off the Dreamliner on its inaugural transatlantic passenger flight and the decision to add Punta Cana is a clear demonstration of the tour operator’s commitment to the Glasgow market.”
Local customers will now have access to some of Thomson and First Choice’s most popular hotels including the brand new for summer 2014 Memories SplashWorld Resort, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic which features a spa and fitness centre as well as an onsite waterpark with multi-lane slide, stomach-plummeting black hole and a pool full of mini-waterslides for the younger ones.
An additional flight to Kos from Glasgow will also serve First Choice’s purpose built four-star Holiday Village Kos, which opened this summer in Marmari. It is the company’s second holiday village in Greece offering everything a family could want in one place – great entertainment, food, kids clubs and lots of activities to keep the whole family occupied, with a beachside location and a wide range of family rooms.
The tour operator will also be adding extra weekly flights for existing Rhodes, Zante and Majorca routes and new 10 and 11 night durations to Gran Canaria.