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Thomas Cook partners with airBaltic and LIAT

Thomas Cook Group Airlines adds two more carriers to a list of around 50 airline partners around the world.

Thomas Cook Group Airlines, which was just about the only profitable part of the tour operator giant’s business this year, has revealed that it is expanding its worldwide route network with the addition of two more partner airlines, airBaltic and, in the Caribbean, LIAT.

Europe’s eleventh-largest airline group is flying to almost 70 destinations in the current winter flight schedule. Through cooperation with around 50 partner airlines, this number rises to more than 250 destinations in Europe, America, Africa, Asia and Australia.

“Our interline agreements provide our guests with convenient, coordinated connecting flights, mostly [with] checked baggage and cheaper ticket prices,” says Christoph Debus, chief airline officer at Thomas Cook Group.

“The new group airline partnerships with LIAT and airBaltic alone will enable us to offer a total of seven new flight connections in seven countries in the Caribbean and Europe.”

Caribbean to the Baltics
airBaltic has been a Thomas Cook partner since the start of the current winter schedules and offers “an uncomplicated onward journey from London Gatwick to Tallinn (TLL) in Estonia and to Riga (RIX), the capital of Latvia,” the operator says.

With LIAT, formerly known as Leeward Islands Air Transport and headquartered in Antigua, from now on tourists from Frankfurt will be able to fly to five new destinations via destinations already existing in the group – Antigua, Barbados and Grenada – to Dominica, Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis, Castries-St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The two airlines join a long list of 46 other partner airlines of the Thomas Cook Group including SAS, Lufthansa and Finnair, carriers east and west such as Alaska Airlines and Malaysia Airlines, as well as Deutsche Bahn on the ground.

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