Holiday airline Jet2.com has bought Thomas Cook’s take-off and landing slots at Birmingham, Stansted and Manchester airports.
The Official Receiver and KPMG UK confirmed the sale of the slots today (November 8) but the price has not been revealed.
The announcement follows news earlier today that easyJet paid £36 million for Thomas Cook slots at Gatwick and Bristol airports.
Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: “The acquisition of these key UK airport slots will play an important role in supporting our continued growth at Birmingham, London Stansted and Manchester airports.
“We have been adding more flights and aircraft, resulting in increased capacity, at each of these bases for many years.
“Today’s announcement is the latest demonstration of our commitment to providing holidaymakers with more choice and flexibility when it comes to flying to sun, city and ski destinations with our award-winning airline.”
The slot sales are part of a process of disposal of Thomas Cook assets.
The official statement said: “The Official Receiver and Special Managers from KPMG UK have today confirmed that key UK airport slots belonging to Thomas Cook have been sold and transferred to Jet2.com.
“The agreement sees Jet2.com acquire the UK slots at Manchester Airport (MAN), Birmingham Airport (BHX) and London Stansted Airport (STN), with this transaction being the second announced in relation to Thomas Cook’s UK slots portfolio. The sale price was not disclosed.
“This outcome has been facilitated by the collaborative approach of Thomas Cook’s commercial partners at UK airports and the support of both internal and external slot co-ordinators.”
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