Thomson launches low-cost carrier

Last updated at 08:56 17 December 2003

Giant holiday company Thomson is to start a new low-fare airline operating from Coventry airport, it has been announced.

The new carrier, to be called, will fly to 10 European destinations.

With flight staff being provided by Thomson's main carrier Britannia Airways, the new airline will be launched on March 31 and is expected to create 200 jobs.

It will fly to Palma, Valencia, Rome, Naples, Nice, Malaga, Venice, Pisa, Ibiza, Marseilles and Jersey. Prices will start from £3.99 one way.

Thomson Holidays managing director Chris Mottershead said: 'The travel market is changing as we see trends towards self-packaging, shorter breaks and a demand for greater flexibility.

'We want to take advantage of the huge growth in the flight-only business using the power of the Thomson brand and build a business that caters for all our customers' leisure travel needs.'

Coventry airport has been in operation as a commercial venue for more than 50 years.

This development is expected to serve more than 15 million people living within a two-hour drive and will offer increased employment opportunities in the West Midlands region.

It is anticipated that more than 200 direct jobs will be created by Thomsonfly at Coventry airport in the first year of operation, with many other indirect jobs to be added locally.

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