Thomson and First Choice have announced that winter 2015/16 will see increased capacity across regional airports, the addition of further weekly flights on existing routes and the introduction of new routes including Costa Rica.

The move is part of the company’s strategy to ensure customers across the UK can fly from their local airport and stay at the best hotels in some of the most exciting destinations.

Winter 2015/16 new route highlights on Thomson Airways include the first Dreamliner flight from Stansted to Montego Bay, Jamaica; the introduction of a new route from Gatwick to Costa Rica – the only direct flight from the UK; the addition of a further flight to Goa, India and the extension of the season to Aruba through November. The carrier has also announced new routes from Aberdeen and Edinburgh airports to Gran Canaria; a further weekly flight from Birmingham to Cancun and from Cardiff Airport to Lanzarote; three new routes from Bristol to Sal (Cape Verde), Hurghada (Egypt) and Paphos (Cyprus); the introduction of Saturday flights to Fuerteventura from Birmingham and Bristol airports; and increased choice for Lapland trips with an extra flight from Glasgow, increased capacity from East Midlands and the introduction of a day trip from Doncaster.

Karen Switzer, director of aviation planning for Thomson and First Choice, said: “The introduction of new routes and additional capacity is great news for our customers, offering them greater choice and flexibility from the regional airport that serves them best. We are also unlocking new and exciting destinations and continuing to offer improvements to their travel experience through the new 787 Dreamliner long-haul routes from Gatwick and Stansted.
"We’ve already had amazing feedback on the Dreamliner with more than 96% of our customers rating their on-board experience overall as good or excellent. This is all part of our ongoing commitment to regional airports and the holiday experience of our customers.”

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