Thomas Cook Airlines Balearics has been granted an AOC in Spain.
This means that the new Spanish airline can formally operate as an airline. The AOC comes following months of preparatory work. The new Spanish airline will start flight operations on Saturday, according to current plans.
“The new AOC for Thomas Cook Airlines Balearics is an important step for our whole Group Airline,” Christoph Debus, Chief Airline Officer Thomas Cook Group said. “In the highly competitive short and medium haul market we will gain an advantage with greater operational flexibility at a competitive cost. At the same point we can increase our customer experience by maintain closer control over the quality and product on board.”
The new airline, Thomas Cook Airlines Balearics, is part of Thomas Cook Group Airlines’ growth plans, giving it a new base in its most popular destination from which it can provide flights to support its other airlines, according to seasonal demand. To ensure full integration the Board of Directors includes members of the senior team from Thomas Cook Group Airlines and is chaired by Paul Hutchings, Group Director of Flight Operations. Accountable Manager of Thomas Cook Airlines Balearics is Juan Manuel Gallego.
The new airline will commence operations with five Airbus A320 aircraft during summer 2018. These aircraft will initially take over short and medium-haul flights for Thomas Cook’s German airline Condor to replace third party aircraft leases.
This announcement of the new AOC follows the recent announcement of the granted AOC for Thomas Cook Aviation, the other new airline of Thomas Cook Group Airline, based in Germany, following the collapse of Air Berlin.