Thomas Cook Group to restructure airline

Thomas Cook Group to restructure airline

Thomas Cook has proposed a new structure for its airlines in the UK, Germany and Belgium.

From March 1, Condor, the Thomas Cook airline brand in Germany, Thomas Cook Airlines UK and Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium will become one airline segment  within the group.

The new group board, which will lead the new stucture, will include the newly-appointed Cor Vrieswijk, who will join Thomas Cook as the new chief operating officer of Thomas Cook Airlines UK from March 1.

He was most recently chief operating officer of easyJet and has also worked at KLM and Air Malta. He will replace Frank Pullman, who is retiring on March 1.

In addition to his UK role, Vrieswijk will coordinate and oversee all operational activities across Thomas Cook Airlines as part of his wider remit.

The new airline board will be chaired jointly by Christoph Debus, group head of air travel and Ralf Teckentrup, chief executive of Condor. The board will also include Torben Østergaard, chief executive of Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia, Paul Horstink, head of group maintenance and Nikolaus Kirner, procurement director, Thomas Cook Group.

Group head of air travel Christoph Debus said: “As we strive to meet the needs of our customers by offering greater flexibility, better choice, high touch service, on time performance and real value, at a time when the European airline industry is experiencing major change, we believe that our airline will be stronger as one integrated business.”

 

 

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