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Not sure if this has been posted before but according to routeonline these are the routes that the Smartlynx A320 will operate in Summer 2018.
Antalya 1 weekly
Bourgas 1 weekly
Dalaman 2 weekly (3 weekly from the 14th October)
Girona 1 weekly
Iraklion 1 weekly
Larnaca 1 weekly
Mahon 1 weekly
Malta 1 weekly
Palma de Mallorca 1 weekly
Paphos 1 weekly
Prevesza 1 weekly
Tenerife South 1 weekly
Zakynthos 1 weekly
https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/277756/thomas-cook-uk-outlines-smartlynx-a320321-operations-in-s18/?highlight=Thomas Cook
 

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Not sure if this has been posted before but according to routeonline these are the routes that the Smartlynx A320 will operate in Summer 2018.
Antalya 1 weekly
Bourgas 1 weekly
Dalaman 2 weekly (3 weekly from the 14th October)
Girona 1 weekly
Iraklion 1 weekly
Larnaca 1 weekly
Mahon 1 weekly
Malta 1 weekly
Palma de Mallorca 1 weekly
Paphos 1 weekly
Prevesza 1 weekly
Tenerife South 1 weekly
Zakynthos 1 weekly
https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/277756/thomas-cook-uk-outlines-smartlynx-a320321-operations-in-s18/?highlight=Thomas Cook
Thanks Jerry. Seems odd to increase Dalaman from 2 to 3 x weekly from 14 October, and looking at the actual website routesonline shows Antalya not commencing until 13 October. The latter might be a mistake. Nevertheless, to begin or increase routes to Turkey in mid October raises eyebrows.

I wondered if it was a brief increase for half-term school holidays but that doesn't seem to occur until the last week in October.
 

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Thanks Jerry. Seems odd to increase Dalaman from 2 to 3 x weekly from 14 October, and looking at the actual website routesonline shows Antalya not commencing until 13 October. The latter might be a mistake. Nevertheless, to begin or increase routes to Turkey in mid October raises eyebrows.

I wondered if it was a brief increase for half-term school holidays but that doesn't seem to occur until the last week in October.
It might be that they takeover the frequencies from the TCX A321s in October until the lease ends at the end of the month.
 

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They also planning to do the same in 2019 so I think it's intentional. I noticed enfidha has appeared for march and April 2019 but no details. I can't help think 2019 is incomplete
 

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It might be that they takeover the frequencies from the TCX A321s in October until the lease ends at the end of the month.
That would make sense because I think there are more than 2 Dalamans throughout the summer.

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On checking Thomas Cook Summer 2018 timetable, Antalya runs up to 5 x weekly and Dalaman up to 6 x weekly.
 

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According to a poster on the other forum the Smartlynx A320 for Bristol will be YL-LCL and will arrive on 30th April.
 

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According to a poster on the other forum the Smartlynx A320 for Bristol will be YL-LCL and will arrive on 30th April.
The last occasion that I can remember a third-party aircraft based at BRS for a season on behalf of one of the based carriers was in the early years of this century when XL had two aircraft based at BRS, one of their own B738s and the other an Air Malta A320, which arrangement lasted for two or three summers.
 

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The last occasion that I can remember a third-party aircraft based at BRS for a season on behalf of one of the based carriers was in the early years of this century when XL had two aircraft based at BRS, one of their own B738s and the other an Air Malta A320, which arrangement lasted for two or three summers.
I do wonder if in the long run TCX will look at basing a 3rd TCX A321 instead of the Smartlynx.
 

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Thomas Cook airlines adds more flights & destinations from Bristol Airport

Thomas Cook Airlines will base an additional Airbus A320 aircraft at Bristol Airport from May 1, 2018 and increase its number of seats on sale from the airport to over 400,000 for the summer 18 season.


Taking the airline’s weekly flights from 28 to 39 for summer 18, the additional flights on sale include new destinations Egypt, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Costa Brava and Greece. They join favourite holiday spots like the Canaries and Balearics for both flight-only and package holidays from the airport.

From March 19, Tunisia will also join the Bristol programme. Three sold-out UK flights to Hammermet launched in February this year, increasing to 11 weekly flights across the UK this summer.

Christoph Debus, Chief Airlines Officer at Thomas Cook Group, says, “We’re very pleased to expand our Bristol programme by 31 per cent this summer. It means more customers can enjoy some summer sun in our most popular short and mid-haul holiday destinations.

“We are seeing strong demand for Turkey, with Cyprus and Greece also proving very popular. We are delighted to reintroduce flights to Hurghada, too - we have increased the number of seats on sale to Egypt by 14 per cent across the UK this year, flying to both Hurghada and Marsa Alam.”

Compared to summer 17, capacity growth at Bristol airport for summer 18 to Greece is 27%, Turkey, 74% and Cyprus, 33%. The 5 hour 10 minute direct flight to Hurghada operates weekly on a Tuesday on the Airbus A321, with its first flight on May 1, 2018.

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport, said, “We are delighted with the substantial 31 per cent growth in capacity using the three based Thomas Cook aircraft operating from Bristol Airport for summer 2018.

“The new Hurghada and Preveza destinations and additional flights to the existing Thomas Cook route network has contributed to this increase. The programme offers the choice of flights and holidays available to passengers in the South West and Wales region. We are looking at further opportunities of developing the Thomas Cook and Bristol Airport relationship.”

Thomas Cook Airlines flight-only from Bristol airport, one-way in economy.
 

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Summer 2018

Tuesday sees the beginning of 'summer'. The third based aircraft (A320) will be in place from the word go, joining the two A321s.

The first group of flights is to Pamla, Dalaman and Tenerife with the 320 operating the latter. The afternoon group is Hurghada and Heraklion with the 320 operating the latter. The Dalaman does a 'w' routing and doesn't return to BRS until much later in the day.
 

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Early Birds

Looking at Mayfly this week I note that the TCX flight to Zakynthos on Sunday departs at 0420! TCX have had a few early starts in recent years and a Zakynthos on another day has a 0500 departure with some other flights with TCX and TOM also departing at or before 0530.

What do you do for a 0420 departure? Stay up and pretend it's a very late Saturday night flight or a very, very early Sunday morning one?
 

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My question TLY is why? Why on earth would TCX not only do that to the passengers BUT also it's crew? That for crew is more then likely a 0305 start.

I've heard of utilisation and the aircraft will be back in the UK before 1 but still. Amazes me they sell the seats.
 

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