Thomas Cook Airlines begins a month of service, with two flights per week, to London Stansted Airport. This is the first non-stop flight to connect Orlando International Airport (MCO) to London Stansted. The United Kingdom is one of the most popular international destinations at MCO with over 1.2 million travelers during the last 12 months.
“Last year Thomas Cook accounted for more than 100,000 passengers at Orlando International Airport and with news of further service expansions we’re hopeful they will continue to build their seasonal business to a full year-round operation,” says Frank Kruppenbacher, Chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.
In 2015 Thomas Cook is scheduled to operate 37 percent more flights from MCO than in 2014, with the addition of Belfast and Stansted flights, as well as increasing service to Manchester and Glasgow. Based on published flight schedules, Thomas Cook is expected to operate 43 percent more flights during the first half of 2016 compared to the first half of this year.
Thomas Cook, which resumed MCO service in March 2014, operates A330-200 aircraft to Orlando, with between 314 and 325 seats. The airline recently upgraded its economy seating to include a James Martin three course meal, a new on demand in-seat, in-flight entertainment system and extra legroom.
Orlando International Airport (MCO), serves nearly 36 million annual passengers, of which 12.5 percent are international. MCO is the second busiest airport in Florida and has approximately 18,000 badged employees and generates $31 billion in direct and indirect revenue for the regional economy. In its ongoing efforts to value and delight its customers, Orlando International Airport has embarked on a series of Capital Improvements valued at over $1.3 billion and has approved designing a new South Terminal project all aimed at enhancing The Orlando Experience.