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Thomas Cook Cuts Staff & More Aircraft

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Thomas Cook Cuts Staff & More Aircraft

400 staff to go and another reduction in aircraft, so no doubt the less profitable routes will be getting cut. I would imagine that may include Gambia.

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you maybe right there, lets hope not.

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Some information here:

ttgdigital.com/news/…4685446.article

Edited: 09 October 2012, 17:13
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maybe thats why they have cut their flights to and from Birmingham this year. This year we were there for Easter but the last flight back to Bham is 2nd April next year. Hope they dont cut the flights totally.....

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It may well be that some summer routes have less frequency rather than trimming back a winter programme that has been trimmed back over the last couple of seasons.

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This report from the TravelWeekly website has a little more info on the dates of the planes still to be returned - one at the end of October, the other 2 at the end of March, and it says the 90 day staff consultation starts today, which would take it up to 7th Jan next year

travelweekly.co.uk/Articles/2012/10/09/41864…

Which planes do they fly to TG ...Boeing 757s ?

Edited: 09 October 2012, 19:23
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I doubt Gambia would be cut from BHX anymore than it already is.

The chances are they would cut back on Summer flights to PMI, ALC or where they can share the load with TOM or MON on Greek night flights, for example ZTH, CFU, RHO.

Im sure the 757 wouldn't be dropped as they have more capacity and same amount of crew, more than likely the A319's would be trimmed back.

Difference of opinion on PPRUNE site.

Heres the latest link:

pprune.org/airlines-airports-routes/257303-t…

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There was a report last month that they had struck a deal with EasyJet to block book tens of thousands of seats. Maybe these would be on the European/Mediterranean routes, freeing up aircraft for other routes such as TG?

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I seem to recall reading that the seat deal with Easyjet amounted to around 3% of the total flying programme. Around 75000 seats

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The prices of flight tickets to The Gambia appear to have rocketed this season and availability very limited as a result of reduced volume with Thomas Cook controlling the strings . Glad we booked our package holiday early .Makes little sense to pay over £1K just for flights for 2 people if you are only planning a 2 week stay. You could have had a 2 week B&B package at a decent hotel for not much more earlier in the year.

It's a shame someone like Jet2 don't make a go of selling both flights and packages in competition.

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Six new airlines expected this winter season

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The deputy director-general of the Gambia Civil Aviation Authority (GCCA) has disclosed that so far there are six new airlines expected in the country during the 2012/13 Winter Season.

Catherine Nying was speaking Monday at the Banjul International Airport during a one-day forum for all service-related personnel of the BIA and stakeholders in tourism convened by the Gambia Tourism Board (GTBoard). Nying disclosed that the six airlines are: Corendon International Travel, Air Europa, Neos Airline, Gambia Bird, Vueling Airlines and Binter Canaris.

These, she further informed, will join the existing airlines including Brussels Airline, Monarch Airline, Arik Air, Royal Air Maroc, Tui Arkefly, and Thomas Cook to make the season a successful one. “It means that the airport will be busy every day including late night and early morning operations,” she told the travel and tourism stakeholders.

On how the GCCA will cope in order to meet with the expectations of these new airlines, Nying hastened to state that the Authority has continued to work tirelessly and invest millions of dalasi to ensure that the facilities needed for better customer convenience are provided.

She told the stakeholders that there are other service units like the Department of Immigration, Customs, and so on that GCAA has no direct responsibility, but was quick to assert that they are mandated to coordinate toward facilitating efficient passenger movement. “It is clear then that activities and related expectations from GCAA cover a wide range of areas and include those in which the Authority have varying degrees of responsibility and control,” she stressed.