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EasyJet, Jet2.com Buy Thomas Cook Airport Slots

By Dave Simpson

British budget airlines easyJet and Jet2.com have bought the take-off and landing slots of failed travel company Thomas Cook at London Gatwick and Manchester airports, respectively.

Thomas Cook's UK business and airline went into immediate insolvency when the company collapsed in September, and a court appointed an official receiver to liquidate its assets.

EasyJet bought Thomas Cook's slots at London Gatwick and Bristol airports for £36 million, while Jet2.com, owned by Dart Group, bought slots at Manchester, Birmingham and Stansted for an undisclosed price.

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London Gatwick and Manchester had been Thomas Cook's main UK bases, and the liquidators have now sold all the available slots in Thomas Cook's UK portfolio.

EasyJet acquired 12 of summer slot pairs and eight winter slot pairs at Gatwick, plus six summer slot pairs and one winter slot pair at Bristol, in the deal. The airline added that contractual terms had been concluded.

Hays Travel And Fosun Purchases

Last month, Hays Travel bought Thomas Cook's network of British travel agent shops, while China's Fosun, which had been the largest shareholder of the group, bought the Thomas Cook brand last week.

The collapse of Thomas Cook, the world's oldest travel company stranded tens of thousands of passengers as its UK business immediately stopped trading.

Its Nordic business was rescued last month, while its German airline, Condor, is still operating.

News by Reuters, edited by Hospitality Ireland. Click subscribe to sign up for the Hospitality Ireland print edition.

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