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Win a family holiday to Turkey

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We are excited to announce our Win a Holiday to Antalya competition in partnership with Paloma Orenda Resort Antalya.

By entering, one family (two adults and two children under 12) will win four return flights to Antalya and 4 nights accommodation in a family room at the Paloma Orenda Resort in Antalya.  Terms and conditions >> here 

Good luck!

 

 

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    Celebrating 5 years of PRIDE

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    Once again showing our support for Manchester Pride from 35,000 feet in the air, a flight with a difference set off from Manchester airport to San Francisco on 19th August 2019.

    Check out the video below!

    The Thomas Cook Airlines aircraft had an LGBT+ crew and was emblazoned with a special edition PRIDE heart decal.  It’s one of five planes to receive the PRIDE heart this year, representing five years of support for Manchester Pride and 50 years since the Stonewall riots.

    The celebrations begin when a rainbow Metrolink tram arriving at the airport station carrying Thomas Cook Airlines crew, pilots and customers.  At the gate, customers were greeted with a colourful Pride party, a Gaydio DJ set, performances from House of Suarez and some other surprises.

    In 2017, we first adorned one our A321’s with the rainbow heart to support LGBT+ people in celebration of our sponsorship of Manchester prides “The Big Weekend” event, since then we #flywithpride every August and hope to continue our support for Manchester Pride and LGBT+ community.

    Hope to see you at Manchester Pride kicking off on Friday 23rd August. 

     

     

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    Bringing People Together With PRIDE

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    This year will be our fifth year supporting Manchester PRIDE and LGBT+ equality at Thomas Cook Airlines.  To celebrate we’ve redesigned our iconic Sunny Heart logo into a diverse series of holding hands.

    The illustrations by Spanish duo Cachetejack represent diversity and LGBT+ equality with the coming together of couples, regardless of nationality, gender, religion and sexuality.

     

    Holding hands is an important benchmark for any relationship, but especially within the LGBTQ+ community. Often, what is a gesture that can be taken for granted, it is still something that is approached carefully or even avoided by some LGBTQ+ couples.

    Although the world we live in has benefitted massively from the Stonewall Riots 50 years ago, in some parts of the world the outward gesture of holding hands with your loved one can lead to derision.

    For some people, this isn’t just a relationship benchmark – but also a gesture of love, acceptance, support and strength in each other.

    We’re proud to support and hold true to our values, so for us, holding hands fits perfectly as a symbol of our support for a diverse world.   It’s a universal symbol of unity, reflecting the importance of “bringing people together with Pride” regardless of their gender, race or sexuality

    As a company, we have long supported diversity and inclusion among our staff and customers and actively recruit diverse talent and skills.

    Christoph Debus, CEO of Thomas Cook Airlines said, “Diversity is in our DNA. We fly our customers all over the world and we don’t just want to get them from A to B. We want to connect people regardless of their sexuality, gender or race. We believe in a future where everyone can be who they want to be and travel the world while doing so.”

     

     

     

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    Takeover My Trip – New York

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    This time on ‘Takeover my trip’ we took Ben Shires, comedian and TV presenter to Big Apple! New York, New York.

    You guys decided everything Ben did via social media, a visit Ellen’s Stardust Diner, a ride on a famous Central Park Horse & Carriage and a fabulous live stream from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck on the 70th Floor of the Rockefeller Center to name just a few!

     

    To find out what happened on our big city adventure, watch our video below:-

     

     

     


    Ever wanted to take control of someone else’s holiday?

    Welcome to ‘Takeover my trip’, a three-part travel series focusing on some of our most popular and loved destinations, Majorca, New York and Turkey.

    We need your help to inspire and influence our presenters on their holiday choices and be a part of their journey.  You will be in complete control of all aspects of their trip, from the plane ride – window seat or aisle, meal or no meal – to their activities, what they eat and the places they visit while in destination.

    Over the course of all three trips, you will be making all the decisions via our social media channels, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – the option with the most votes wins and our presenters must obey, choose wisely!

    So, keep an eye out for our third ‘Take over my trip’ journey to Antalya, Turkey 

     

     

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    Top 3 LGBT friendly beaches in Mykonos

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    The stunning Greek island of Mykonos has a reputation for being one the most LGBT friendly islands in the world!  The number one reason? The gay beaches!

    Here’s our top three beaches that are a must visit if you’re flying to Mykonos this Summer…

     

    Super Paradise Beach

    There’s a reason why this beautiful golden sand beach has ‘Paradise’ in its name, and boy does it live up to it.  Considered as one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, Super Paradise Beach is right next to Paradise Beach, reachable by taxi-boat and local bus. With its crystalline waters and super soft sand it’s no wonder it attracts holidaymakers from all over the world.

    Super Paradise is also one of the world’s most famous LGBT beaches and was once almost exclusively gay.  Today, the beach is hugely popular with both gay and straight holidaymakers and clubbers.

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    Super Paradise Beach

    Places to go

    JackieO’s Beach Club – located on the right hand side of the beach is the exclusively gay beach club JackieO’s.

    The Super Paradise Club – located on the left hand side of the beach. The Super Paradise Club also becomes a party venue from around 4pm to late every evening.

    Pink Beach – located in the middle of the beach is the classy champagne bar, restaurant and beach cub, Pink Beach.

     

    Top tips

    • Sun loungers and shades are available for rent, a waiter service is available offering drinks and light snacks.
    • Due to its popularity, Super Paradise Beach can get very crowded during peak season and usually gets full from lunchtime so arrive early!
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    Elia Beach

    One of the largest beaches on Mykonos island, Elia beach is the most LGBT friendly and popular area on the  island. This gorgeous sandy beach is well looked after with its many good quality sun beds and shades for rent.

    Turn right as you head towards the beach and you will see a rainbow flag, this area gets increasingly popular with the LGBT community.

    Towards the end of the beach well beyond the rainbow flag past a rocky outcrop is a second hidden beach that is almost entirely for the LGBT community with some nudism.

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    Top tips

    • Sun beds and shades are available for rent with a fantastic waiter service.
    • We recommend the Arte & Mare Resort for food and drinks.
    • Arrive in the morning when it’s not very busy to secure a choice sunbed.
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    Agrari Beach

    For those looking for a more relaxed, quieter beach experience Agrari is the place for you.  Located about a 5-minute walk from Elia beach , Agrari attracts members of the LGBT community who are looking for some peace and quiet.

    This stunning golden sand beach is perfect for swimming and water-sports, with its easy atmosphere, cafeterias, restaurants  and in some places free Wi-Fi, Agrari ticks all the boxes.

    The beach also has plenty of sun beds and sun shades, a lifeguard and a fantastic beach restaurant and is far less crowded than Super Paradise and Elia.

     

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    PRIDE PRIZE DRAW – Terms and Conditions

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    1. The prize draw is open to all UK residents aged 18 years or over, except employees of the Promoter, their families, agents or any third party directly associated with administration of the prize draw.
    2. The prize draw is free to enter and no purchase is necessary.
    3. All entries must be submitted via the Thomas Cook Airlines social media channels (Facebook)only one entry per person is permitted.
    4. The opening date for entries is will be from 12pm 19th August 2019. The closing date of the prize draw is midnight 19th August 2019. Entries received after this time will not be counted.
    5. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for entries not successfully completed due to a technical fault, technical malfunction, computer hardware or software failure, satellite, network or server failure of any kind
    6. 5 winners will be chosen by random the social media team within 24 hours of the draw closing (“Draw Date”).
    7. Each of the 5 winners will receive a Thomas Cook PRIDE goodie bag containing a hand sanitizer, face mask and travel adapter.
    8. The winner will be notified by direct message on social media (using details provided at entry) within 24 hours of the competition closing and must provide a postal address to claim their prize. If a winner does not respond to the Promoter within 2 working days of being notified by the Promoter, then the winner’s prize will be forfeited and the Promoter will be entitled to select another winner in accordance with the process described above.
    9. The prize will be sent to the winner by post within 30 days of the Promoted being notified of your postal address.
    10. The prize for the winner is non-exchangeable, non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered.
    11. The prize is supplied by Thomas Cook Airlines Limited (the “Supplier”). The Promoter reserves the right to replace the prize with an alternative prize of equal or higher value if circumstances beyond the Promoter’s control makes it necessary to do so.
    12. The decision of the Promoter regarding any aspect of the prize draw is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into about it.
    13. The Promoter must either publish or make available information that indicates that a valid award took place. To comply with this obligation the Promoter will send the surname and county of major prize winners and, if applicable copies of their winning entries, to anyone who emails [email protected] within one month after the closing date stated in condition 4. If you object to any or all of your surname, county and winning entry being published or made available, please contact the Promoter – [email protected].
    14. In such circumstances, the Promoter must still provide the information and winning entry to the Advertising Standards Authority on request.
    15. Participants are deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions upon entry. The Promoter reserves the right to refuse entry, or refuse to award the prize to anyone in breach of these terms and conditions.
    16. The Promoter reserves the right to hold void, cancel, suspend, or amend the promotion where it becomes necessary to do so.
    17. Insofar as is permitted by law, the Promoter, its agents or distributors will not in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate the winner or accept any liability for any loss, damage, personal injury or death occurring as a result of taking up the prize except where it is caused by the negligence of the Promoter, its agents or distributors or that of their employees. Your statutory rights are not affected.
    18. By entering this prize draw, you agree that any personal information provided by you with the entry may be held and used by us or our agents and suppliers for the purpose of administrating the prize draw. Personal data
    19. The prize draw will be governed by English law and entrants to the prize draw submit to the jurisdiction of the English courts.
    20. The Promoter of this prize draw is Thomas Cook Airlines Limited with company number 02012379 and whose registered office address is at Westpoint Peterborough Business Park, Lynch Wood, Peterborough, England, PE2 6FZ. 

     

     

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    Win a holiday to Antalya Competition – Terms and Conditions

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    1. The prize
      • The prizes are 4 flights (2 adults and up to 2 children under 12) to Antalya (from any airport that Thomas Cook Airlines flies from during the period the booking may be made) and 4 nights at the Paloma Orenda Resort for 2 adults and two children (under the age of 12) There will only be one winner of the prize.
      • The accommodation is provided by the Paloma Orenda Resort in Turkey and the flights by Thomas Cook Airlines Limited The holiday must be booked by 6pm on 30thOctober 2019  and the winner must be one of those who travels.
      • The holiday is for Two adults and 2 children to travel by economy class by plane to Antalya for 4 nights between 15th April 2020 and 20th June 2020 (excluding during bank holidays/public holidays in Turkey including but not limited to April 23rd, May 1st, May 19th and 24th – 27th May (Ramadan)). The prize does not include travel insurance, the cost of transfers to and from airports or stations, food and drink, spending money, tax or personal expenses. Any other costs incurred in addition to those set out above and that are incidental to the fulfilment of the prize are the responsibility of the winner(s).
      • The winner is responsible for ensuring that they and any person travelling with them are available to travel and hold valid passports, any necessary visas and travel documents/insurance for the holiday in question on the travel dates specified. Dates once notified to the travel agent cannot be changed.
      • Prizes are subject to availability and there is no cash alternative for the prize. The Promoter reserves the right to replace the prize with an alternative prize of equal or higher value if circumstances beyond the Promoter’s control makes it necessary to do so.
      • The hotel prize is provided on a complimentary basis by the hotelier.
      • The prize does not constitute a package within the meaning of the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018, there is no financial protection of the arrangement. Thomas Cook Airlines Limited is not responsible or liable for the accommodation that forms part of the prize.
    2. How to enter
      • The competition will run from 10.00am on 2nd September 2019 (the “Opening Date“) to Midnight on 8th September 2019 (the “Closing Date“) inclusive and is free to participate.
      • All competition entries must be received by us at Thomas Cook Airlines Limited by no later than Midnight on the Closing Date. All competition entries received after the Closing Date are automatically disqualified.
      • To enter, please enter your name and email address and answer the question on the Thomas Cook Airlines website https://www.thomascookairlines.com/by the Closing Date.
      • By submitting a competition entry, you are agreeing to be bound by these terms and conditions.Our decisions regarding all elements of the competition will be final, shall be binding and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into.
      • The Promoter accepts no responsibility for entries not successfully completed or received due to any technical fault (including any technical malfunction, computer hardware or software failure, satellite, network or server failure of any kind).
    3. Claiming the prize
      • If you are the winner of the prize, you will have 2business days from the date we send out the initial confirmation to claim your prize by responding to the email. If you do not claim the prize by this date, you will no longer be entitled to the prize.
      • The prize may not be claimed by a third party on your behalf.
      • We will make all reasonable efforts to contact the winner. If the winner cannot be contacted or is not available, or has not claimed their prize within 2business days of the Notification Date/Announcement Date, we reserve the right to offer the prize to the next eligible entrant selected from the correct entries that were received that before the Closing Date.
      • We do not accept any responsibility if you are not able to take up the prize.
    4. Winner announcement
      • The winner of the competition will be announced on the Thomas Cook Social Media Channels (Facebook and Twitter ) within 7 days of the winner confirming that they accept the prize.
    1. Data protection and publicity
      • The Promoter will only process your personal information as detailed in our privacy policy.
      • If you are the winner of the competition, by entering into this competition you consent to the us using your personal information in order to publish the fact that you have won. This may include your name, image and town or county of residence to announce the winner of this competition and for any other reasonable and related promotional purposes.
      • By entering the competition, you agree that any personal information provided by you with the competition entry may be held and used only by us or our agents and suppliers for the purpose of administrating the competition.
    2. Eligibility
      • The competition is only open to all residents in the UK aged 18 years or over, except:
        • our employees or any company within Thomas Cook Group PLC;
        • employees of agents or suppliers of ours or any company within Thomas Cook Group PLC, who are professionally connected with the competition or its administration; or
        • members of the immediate families or households of (a) and (b) above.
      • In entering the competition, you confirm that you are eligible to do so and eligible to claim the prize. We may require you to provide proof that you are eligible to enter the competition.
      • There is a limit of one entry per person. Entries on behalf of another person will not be accepted and joint submissions are not allowed.
      • No bulk, machine-generated, consumer group or third party entries will be accepted. Entries will only be allowed in accordance with these terms and conditions. Any attempted interference with the running of this promotion will result in a void entry.
    3. Limitation of liability
      1. Insofar as is permitted by law, we, our agents or distributors will not in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate the winner or accept any liability for:
        • personal injury or death except where it is caused by our own negligence, our agents or distributors or that of our employees;
        • any loss or damage occurring as a result of taking up the prize.
        • Your statutory rights are not affected.
    1. General
      • Participants are deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions upon entry. If there is any reason to believe that there has been a breach of these terms and conditions, we may, at our sole discretion, reserve the right to exclude you from participating in the competition.
      • We reserve the right to hold void, suspend, cancel, or amend the prize competition where it becomes necessary to do so.
      • These terms and conditions shall be governed by English law, and the parties submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.
      • Insofar as is permitted by law, the Promoted, its agents or distributors will not in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate the winner or accept any liability for loss, damage, personal injury or death occurring as a result of taking up the prize except where it is caused by the negligence of the Promoter, its agents or distributors or that of their employees. Your statutory rights are not affected.
      • This competition is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by Facebook or any other social media sites and participants agree that none of these organisations have any liability for the operation of this promotion or supply of the prize.
    2. The Promoter

    The promoter of this prize draw is Thomas Cook Airlines Limited incorporated and registered in England and Wales under company number 02012379 whose registered office is at West Point Peterborough Business Park, Lynch Wood, Peterborough

     

     

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    Terms and conditions – TOMT Antalya Goodies Competition

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    We are excited to announce a competition with prizes to be won during Takeover My Trip Antalya.

    By entering this competition, you could win one or more of the goodies bought and featured during Takeover My Trip Antalya.

    Good luck!

    Takeover My Trip Antalya Goodies Competition – Terms and Conditions

    1. The prize
      • There will be various prizes given out during the Thomas Cook Airlines Takeover My Trip Antalya campaign. Each prize will be revealed and available to win during a Facebook live stream.
      • Prizes are subject to availability and there is no cash or alternative for the prize Thomas Cook Airlines reserves the right to replace the prize with an alternative prize of equal or higher value if circumstances beyond Thomas Cook Airlines’ control makes it necessary to do so.
    2. How to enter
      • The competition will run at various times from 5pm Monday 26th August 2019 to Thursday  29th August 2019 (UK Times). No purchase is necessary.

     

    • To enter, please comment on the live stream with the answer to the competition question mentioned in the live stream by the end of the live stream for that prize (Closing Date). The winner will be a random person picked from all the correct answers.
    • If the Facebook live stream does not fairly allow for comments, a post will be created with the competition question repeated allowing the opportunity for participants to comment. A random winner will be picked from those who enter correctly and are a valid entry (e.g. not a staff or family member) will win the prize.
    • Any competition entries received after the end of the live stream (when the stream is working) for that prize are automatically disqualified.
    • Our decisions regarding all elements of the competition will be final, binding and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into.
    • Thomas Cook Airlines accepts no responsibility for entries not successfully completed or received due to any technical fault (including any technical malfunction, computer hardware or software failure, satellite, network or server failure of any kind).
    1. Claiming the prize
      • The winner will be contacted by direct message through Facebook within 24 hours of the end of the live stream for that prize (Notification Date).
      • If you are the winner of a prize, you will have 24 hours from the Notification Date to claim your prize by responding to the direct message on Facebook. If you do not claim the prize by this time, you will no longer be entitled to the prize.

     

    • We will make all reasonable efforts to contact the winner to obtain details to send the prize on to the winner. If the winner cannot be contacted or is not available, or has not provided the requested information within 3 days of the Notification Date, we reserve the right to offer the prize to the next eligible entrant selected from the correct entries that were received that before the Closing
    • The prize may not be claimed by a third party on your behalf.
    • We do not accept any responsibility if you are not able to take up the prize.
    1. Winner announcement
      • We intend to publish details of the winner of the competition in the Thomas Cook Airlines newsletter, website and social media feeds (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) within a week of confirming the winner . This may include your name, hometown and a photograph of yourself. If you would not like your information published if you win, please contact us at [email protected] note however that should we be required to disclose this information to the Advertising Standards Authority, we reserve the right to do so as we retain a legitimate interest in doing so.
    2. Data protection and publicity
      • By entering the competition, you agree that any personal information provided by you with the competition entry may be held and used only by us or our agents and suppliers for the purpose of administrating the competition.
    3. Eligibility
      • The competition is only open to all residents in the UK aged 18 years or over, except:
        • our employees or employees of any company within Thomas Cook Group PLC;
        • employees of agents or suppliers of ours or any company within Thomas Cook Group PLC, who are professionally connected with the competition or its administration; or
        • members of the immediate families or households of (a) and (b) above.
      • In entering the competition, you confirm that you are eligible to do so and eligible to claim the prize. We may require you to provide proof that you are eligible to enter the competition.
      • No bulk, machine-generated, consumer group or third party entries will be accepted. Any attempted interference with the running of this promotion will result in a void entry
      • Participants are deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions upon entry. If there is any reason to believe that there has been a breach of these terms and conditions, we may, at our sole discretion, reserve the right to exclude you from participating in the competition.
    4. General

      1 We reserve the right to hold void, suspend, cancel, or amend the prize competition where it becomes necessary to do so.

      7.2 Insofar as is permitted by law, Thomas Cook Airlines, its agents or distributors will not in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate the winner or accept any liability for loss, damage, personal injury or death occurring as a result of taking up the prize except where it is caused by the negligence of Thomas Cook Airlines, its agents or distributors or that of their employees. Your statutory rights are not affected.

      7.3 This competition is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by Facebook or any other social media sites and participants agree that none of these organisations have any liability for the operation of this promotion or supply of the prize.

      7.4 These terms and conditions shall be governed by English law, and the parties submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

    5. The Promoter
      • The promoter of this competition is Thomas Cook Airlines Limited incorporated and registered in England and Wales under company number 02012379 whose registered office is at Wespoint, Peterborough Business Park, Lynch Wood, Peterborough, PE2 6FZ.

     

    I’ve put 5pm, but it will depend on us not being late for that to happen?

     

    From what time?

     

    This is fine – happy for you to amend in line with what time you land/launch the comp. Please make sure you state what time zone you are referring to as well ☺

     

    Hi Tan ‘comment’ is a methodology (like ‘like’, ‘share’ etc. In this case ‘commenting’ is the way that they will be able to put their answer? Let me know if you want to phrase that in another way?

     

    You have mentioned “comment” but  also “correct answer”  within this clause.  Will they be asked a question to answer? And will the comment be their answer to that question?

     

    Hi Tan, don’t think it mentions filming anywhere? ‘Is it because the word ‘confirming’ is split into 2?

     

    What do you mean filming the winner? Is this not a simple “answer a question by commenting and win” competition?

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    Our guide to Manchester Pride 2019

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    It’s Manchester Pride month, and we are kicking it off with the ultimate guide to PRIDE.

    We asked Manchester pride, Pride lovers and LGBT employees for the low down on how to prepare for the biggest party of the year… the Manchester Pride Festival!

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    What to bring on the day

    Manchester Pride: Bring yourself and your mates, your best dance moves and big smiles! Don’t forget the essential items; keys, money, lippy!

    Don’t worry if you’ve forgotten anything, there are markets and shops on all sites, plus we’re in the city centre so nothing is too far away.

    Beth Chapman, TCA:  Bring water, sun cream and your phone, with my sensible head on!

     

    What events not to miss!

    Manchester Pride:  There will be loads going on over the Festival weekend! Check out the Gay Village Party celebrations taking place over four days (23rd – 26th August) – sponsored by Thomas Cook Airlines.

    There’s also the brand new Manchester Pride LIVE event @ Mayfield featuring Ariana Granda and Years & Years, as well many others.

    There’s also Superbia Weekend the festival’s alcohol-free space offering a weekend of premieres, firsts, new work and LGBT+ celebrations as a culturally rich alternative to the other elements of the festival.

    And of course, don’t miss The Parade, it’s truly spectacular and brings the whole city to a standstill!

     

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    How to beat the crowds

    • Get there early! Particularly to the parade, it’s important to get a good spot as there will be plenty of fantastic freebies up for grabs from our pilots and cabin crew.
    • Have your tickets ready! getting tickets on the day will be difficult as many options have already sold out, so pick your event and purchase now to avoid disappointment.

     

    How to purchase tickets

    Manchester Pride: Go to manchesterpride.com/tickets and click “Buy Tickets”,  easy!

    There are several different options to choose from:

    The Rainbow Pass – which gives access to all areas of the festive, you can buy a weekend pass, or individual days.

    Gay Village Party – which gives you access to just the gay village, you can buy a weekend pass or individual days.

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    Accommodation tips and travel tips for people outside of Manchester

    Manchester Pride: We work with some great hotel partners throughout the city and list them on our site: Manchesterpride.com/where-to-stay

    The Festival takes place right in the heart of Manchester city centre, which is easily accessible by road, rail and air!

     

    Bar and club recommendations

    Manchester Pride:  The Gay Village Party is within Manchester’s Gay Village and they will no doubt be pulling out all the stops, you’ll be spoilt for choice!

    Bar Pop, 10 Canal Street – Open every day, until the early hours, Bar Pop is home to everything Pop!

    G.A.Y Manchester – One of the most famous club franchises in the world

    The Molly House – for great food and beer in a relaxed atmosphere

     

    Any other tips you might have to make the weekend go smoothly

    Manchester Pride:  The weekend is a lot of fun,  we have loads of new activities going on this year.   We recommend that you have a wander around the Village and experience lots of different things that are going on! Manchester Pride LIVE is going on this year @Mayfield so check that out!

    Helen Atkinson, TCA:  Dress for the weather!  Plus drink lots of water and spend the week before getting as much sleep as possible – that way you can party all night and ensure it’s an unforgettable weekend!

     

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    Our busiest weekend

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    School’s out for summer across the UK this weekend and hopefully, you guys will be packing your bags for sunnier shores and big adventures.

    We have 244 flights going to 47 destinations this weekend (19th, 20thand 21stJuly 2019) with more than 54,000 holidaymakers taking to the skies. With 63,000 minutes of flying time, 800,000 km will be flown by 533 pilots – the equivalent of flying around the earth twenty times! 

    Turkey is our second most popular destination this summer, overtaking Greece and only second to Spain, this weekend.  Dalaman and Antalya in Turkey are the top two most popular getaways, with stunning Majorca in third place.

    We will have an amazing 1,638 cabin crew looking after customers in the air and they expect to serve 6,000 gin and tonics and 18,000 teas and coffees throughout the weekend. Customers will sit back and relax to watch an epic 14,553  movies on board.

    The busiest weekend kicks off the busy summer months of July and August in resort, where through the summer, 600 Thomas Cook reps will be on hand to help customers and 106,000 airport transfer journeys and 60,000 welcome meetings will take place. You guys are also expected to book 320,000 day trips to explore the local areas.  That’s a lot of adventures!

     

    Paul Hutchings, Managing Director Operations at Thomas Cook Group Airline said, “The team in our operations control centre will be working around the clock from our Manchester headquarters this weekend to manage our busy timetable, together with our on the ground teams at airports throughout the UK. Manchester Airport is set to be our busiest airport for departures, with over nineteen and a half thousand customers flying to destinations in Europe and beyond, such as Cancun, New York and Orlando over the next three days.”

     

    Dean Thomas, Head of In Destination Operations at Thomas Cook Group, added: “This weekend officially marks the start of summer but for our teams in resort, it’s the culmination of months of training and preparation to make sure everything is ready for holidaymakers when they step off the plane. We received over 6,000 applications for our 600 rep positions this summer and from welcoming customers at the airport to recommending the little known spot for the best sunset on the island, our experts are all set for the summer season ahead.”

     

    If you haven’t booked your summer break yet, where have you been? there are lots of flights available >>> here

     

     

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    Takeover My Trip update – Majorca

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    We took Ex-love Islander Samira Mighty back to Majorca with her friend Alex Dean, but with a twist – the audience decided everything she did!

     

    To find out what happened, watch our video below:-

     

     

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    Ever wanted to take control of someone else’s holiday?

    Welcome to ‘Takeover my trip’, a three-part travel series focusing on some of our most popular and loved destinations, Majorca, New York and Turkey.

    We need your help to inspire and influence our presenters on their holiday choices and be a part of their journey.  You will be in complete control of all aspects of their trip, from the plane ride – window seat or aisle, meal or no meal – to their activities, what they eat and the places they visit while in destination.

    Over the course of all three trips, you will be making all the decisions via our social media channels, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – the option with the most votes wins and our presenters must obey, choose wisely!

    So, keep an eye out for our second ‘Take over my trip’ journey to New York, New York.

     

     

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    PRIZE DRAW – Terms and conditions

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    1. The prize draw is open to all UK residents aged 18 years or over, except employees of the Promoter, their families, agents or any third party directly associated with administration of the prize draw.
    2. The prize draw is free to enter and no purchase is necessary. To enter, you will need to simply comment on the Facebook prize draw post by tagging a friend that you would like to go on (a hypothetical) holiday with.
    3. All entries must be submitted via the Thomas Cook Airlines UK Facebook page and only one entry per person is permitted.
    4. The opening date for entries is will be 9am on Tuesday 6th August 2019 when the Facebook prize draw post goes live. The closing date of the prize draw is midnight on Tuesday 6th August. Entries received after this time will not be counted within the prize draw.
    5. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for entries not successfully completed due to a technical fault, technical malfunction, computer hardware or software failure, satellite, network or server failure)of any kind
    6. 5 winners will be chosen by a random draw conducted by a member of the social media team within 24 hours of the draw closing date.
    7. Each winner will receive a Thomas Cook branded coffee cup, filled with a pair of socks, an eye mask, a pair of earphones, a pair of earplugs and a disposable toothbrush.
    8. Each winner will be notified by direct message to their Facebook account that was used to comment on the prize-draw Facebook post within 24 hours of the competition closing date and must provide a postal address to claim their prize. If a winner does not respond to the Promoter within 3 working days of being notified by the Promoter, then the winner’s prize will be forfeited and the Promoter will be entitled to select another winner in accordance with the process described above.
    9. The prize will be sent to the winner by post within 30 days of being notified of their win.
    10. The prize for each winner is non-exchangeable, non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered.
    11. The prize is supplied by Thomas Cook Airlines Limited (the “Supplier”). The Promoter reserves the right to replace the prize with an alternative prize of equal or higher value if circumstances beyond the Promoter’s control makes it necessary to do so.
    12. The decision of the Promoter regarding any aspect of the prize draw is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into about it.
    13. The Promoter must either publish or make available information that indicates that a valid award took place. To comply with this obligation the Promoter will send the surname and county of major prize winners and, if applicable copies of their winning entries, to anyone who emails [email protected] within [one] month after the closing date stated in condition 4. If you object to any or all of your surname, county and winning entry being published or made available, please contact the Promoter – [email protected] In such circumstances, the Promoter must still provide the information and winning entry to the Advertising Standards Authority on request.
    14. Participants are deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions upon entry. The Promoter reserves the right to refuse entry, or refuse to award the prize to anyone in breach of these terms and conditions.
    15. The Promoter reserves the right to hold void, cancel, suspend, or amend the promotion where it becomes necessary to do so.
    16. Insofar as is permitted by law, the Promoter, its agents or distributors will not in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate the winner or accept any liability for any loss, damage, personal injury or death occurring as a result of taking up the prize except where it is caused by the negligence of the Promoter, its agents or distributors or that of their employees. Your statutory rights are not affected.
    17. By entering the prize draw, you agree that any personal information provided by you with the competition entry may be held and used only by us or our agents and suppliers for the purposes of administrating the prize draw. See also condition 13with regard to the announcement of winners.
    1. The prize draw will be governed by English law and entrants to the prize draw submit to the jurisdiction of the English courts.
    2. The Promoter of this prize draw is Thomas Cook Airlines Limited whose registered office address is at Westpoint Peterborough Business Park, Lynch Wood, Peterborough, England, PE2 6FZ

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    An Airportr review

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    Sarah Neal recently used the Airportr service when flying from Gatwick Airport to Orlando.

    Here’s how she got on…

    For my recent family trip to Orlando flying out of Gatwick airport, I was very much looking forward to some time in the sun.

    I was not looking forward to the trek to the airport with all the baggage you need to take when travelling with 2 children under 3, so I decided to try the new Airportr baggage pick up service.

     


    The online booking experience was extremely simple and very sleek. You simply select your airline, where your flying from and to, date your flying and then the number of bags you want collecting, you can then select a time slot you would like the bags collecting and the address.

    As I don’t live anywhere near an airport I booked an airport hotel the evening before my flight so my bags could be collected from the hotel.  I arrived just before my collection slot and received a text from airportr letting me know they had arrived to collect my bags.

     

     

     

    When greeted they scanned the code in the message on my phone, which allowed them to link my bags/bag tags to my reservation and then verified the bags against our passports.

    They proceeded to check over the bags and secured them with secure bag ties to ensure no one could tamper with them, then received a message to confirm hand over of my bags with the relevant receipt numbers.

    They were then on their way to a security scanning facility at Heathrow airport before being checked in for my Thomas Cook Airlines flight back at Gatwick Airport. First thing in the morning I received a text message to confirm my bags had been successfully checked-in for my flight to Orlando. I was even sent a link to track my bags!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Travelling to the terminal was a complete breeze without the stress of pushing luggage trollies along with two young children through the check-in area.  Instead, we swiftly moved to the TSA check area – where we were asked a few questions (only relevant for flights to the USA).

    We then went straight through security into the airport lounge where we had plenty of time to have a relaxing breakfast before boarding a long haul flight with 2 under 3 years old’s.

     

    I would highly recommend this service, it was super easy and really did save stress and time at the airport. The collection staff were really helpful and explained the process well which gave me confidence that my bags were in safe hands.

     

    To book Airportr click >> here 

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    10 must haves for your hand luggage

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    Having travelled extensively over the past 15 years of my life, packing has become a bit of an art form.  When it comes to hand luggage, it’s taken a long time to get the right balance of what you need on board and what you will most likely not even think of.

     

    So here’s my top 10 items I can’t do without when flying:-

    1. Pain relievers and decongestants

    Cabin pressure can cause headaches if you are particularly prone to them, and the air conditioning can cause congestion so having these on hand is a must.  You can take these through security no problem, but don’t worry if you forget, they can also be purchased air side.

     

    2. Hand sanitiser

    If you’re anything like me, the thought of any kind of germ fills you with horror – remember to bring travel size only (under 100ml).

     

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    3. Tissues/wet wipes

    Whether you have a child or not wet wipes are a god send, and can be used for pretty much anything.

     

    4. Reusable Pastic baggies

    These have so many uses! and not just for your liquids.  Use them to keep pens and pencils together for little ones, unwanted rubbish and used wet wipes, unfinished snacks that you want to keep fresh… the possibilities are endless.

     

    5. Change of clothes

    When accidents happen, whether it’s food related (I spill food more than my 2 year old son) or you feel like you have been in your clothes just that little to long, having spares is a relief!

    Pack a thin t-shirt and leggings/shorts depending on the current climate of your destination, you will be so glad you did!

     

    6. Compression socks

    Compression stockings are specially designed to apply pressure to your lower legs, helping to maintain blood flow, and reduce discomfort and swelling. They are also great for your general comfort when moving around the cabin and getting extra comfortable for a film or nap.

    They may even be prescribed by your GP if you have a condition that causes poor blood flow in your legs, such as swollen and enlarged veins.

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    7. Earbuds or noise-cancelling headphones

    Pure bliss! block out the engine noise with some good quality noise-cancelling headphones – essantial for films, music and naps.

     

    8. Downloaded Media

    Don’t forget to download any content you may want to watch on the plane before you leave the house – especially if you’re currently binge watching the latest must see series.

     

    9. Notebook and Pen

    Old school, but still essential for all my long haul flights – you never know when a pen and some paper might come in handy.

     

    10. Comfortable Hoodie/Jumper

    Last but not least! it can get cold on flights due to temperature regulation and other factors so it’s a great comfort to have your favourite hoodie/jumper handy – or you’re favourite blankie – whatever makes you happy 😉

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    The Summer of 2020

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    Our Summer 2020 flights are now on sale!

    Need some inspiration for your next trip? Take our fun quiz and find your perfect holiday destination. Good luck!

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    The Summer of 2020

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    Our Summer 2020 flights are now on sale!

    Need some inspiration for your next trip? Take our fun quiz and find your perfect holiday destination. Good luck!

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    Win tickets to New York

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    We are excited to announce a competition to win two return flight tickets from Manchester to New York.

    By entering this competition, you could win one pair of return premium class flight tickets to fly from Manchester to New York’s JFK with Thomas Cook Airlines flying between August 2019 and July 2020.

    Good luck!

     

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    Takeover My Trip New York Tickets  – Terms and Conditions

    1. The prize
      • The prize is one pair of premium class return adult flight tickets from Manchester Airport (MAN) to New York (JFK) with Thomas Cook Airlines(“Thomas Cook”). Only one prize is available to be won.
      • The flights must be booked by September 1st 2019 with the two adults flying together and the winner must be one of those who travel. The flights must take place between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2020. Travel on Bank Holidays during the Christmas and New Year periods (December 22nd 2019 – January 5th 2020 inclusive) is excluded. The inbound (return) flight must take place within 89 days of the outbound flight. Once the flights are booked they cannot be changed and will be subject to our terms and conditions which are available at https://www.thomascookairlines.com/en/help-contact/terms-conditions.jsp.
      • The prize is flights only and does not include any items incidental to the fulfilment of the prize such as the cost of transfers to and from airports, food and drink or spending money, or personal expenses.
      • The winner is responsible for ensuring that they and any person travelling with them hold valid passports, any necessary visas/travel documents and travel insurance.
      • Prizes are subject to availability and there is no cash or other alternatives for the prize. Thomas Cook reserves the right to replace the prize with an alternative prize of equal or higher value if circumstances beyond Thomas Cook’s control makes it necessary to do so.
    2. How to enter
      • The competition will be promoted from Friday 19th July 2019. The competition will be open for entry from 9am on 29th July 2019 to Midnight on 4th August 2019 (Closing Date) inclusive.
      • To enter, you will need to either sign up for the Thomas Cook Airlines Newsletter by providing your name and email address to us at https://www.thomascookairlines.com/en/help-contact/email-sign-up.jspor you can sign up for the competition only by providing your name and email address to us at https://www.thomascookairlines.com/en/help-contact/email-sign-up.jspAll candidates that have signed up to the newsletter or competition will receive an email on 29 July 2019 with details of how to enter the competition. This will include a link to our website in order for you to answer a question and insert your email address to confirm your entry. No purchase is necessary
      • All competition entries must be received by us by no later than midnight on Closing Date. All competition entries received after the Closing Date are automatically disqualified.
      • Our decisions regarding all elements of the competition will be final, binding and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into.
      • The winner will be selected at random out of those competition entries that have correctly answered the competition question.
      • Thomas Cook accepts no responsibility for entries not successfully completed or received due to any technical fault (including any technical malfunction, computer hardware or software failure, satellite, network or server failure of any kind).
    3. Claiming the prize
      • The winner will be contacted by email on the details provided within their entry form to confirm that they are the winner by midnight on 6th August 2019 (Notification Date).
      • If you are the winner of the prize, you will have 7 days from the Notification Date to claim your prize by initially responding to the winner’s email to confirm safe receipt of the email. If you do not claim the prize by this date, you will no longer be entitled to the prize.
      • The prize may not be claimed by a third party on your behalf.
      • We will make all reasonable efforts to contact the winner. If the winner cannot be contacted or is not available, or has not claimed their prize within 7 days of the Notification Date, we reserve the right to offer the prize to the next eligible entrant selected from the correct entries that were received before the Closing Date.
      • We do not accept any responsibility if you are not able to take up the prize.
    4. Winner announcement and publicity
      • We intend to publish details of the winner of the competition in the Thomas Cook newsletter, website and social media feeds (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) on 8th August 2019. This will include your name, hometown and a photograph of yourself. If you would not like your information published if you win, please contact us at [email protected]. Please note however that should we be required to disclose this information to the Advertising Standards Authority, we reserve the right to do so as we retain a legitimate interest in doing so.
    5. Data protection
      • By entering the competition, you agree that any personal information provided by you with the competition entry may be held and used only by us or our agents and suppliers for the purpose of administrating the competition.
    6. Eligibility
      • The competition is only open to all residents in the UK aged 18 years or over, except:
        • our employees or employees of any company within Thomas Cook Group PLC;
        • employees of agents or suppliers of ours or any company within Thomas Cook Group PLC, who are professionally connected with the competition or its administration; or
        • members of the immediate families or households of (a) and (b) above.
      • In entering the competition, you confirm that you are eligible to do so and eligible to claim the prize. We may require you to provide proof that you are eligible to enter the competition.
      • No bulk, machine-generated, consumer group or third party entries will be accepted. Any attempted interference with the running of this promotion will result in a void entry.
    7. General
      • Participants are deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions upon entry. If there is any reason to believe that there has been a breach of these terms and conditions, we may, at our sole discretion, reserve the right to exclude you from participating in the competition.
      • We reserve the right to hold void, suspend, cancel, or amend the competition where it becomes necessary to do so.
      • Insofar as is permitted by law, Thomas Cook, its agents or distributors will not in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate the winner or accept any liability for loss, damage, personal injury or death occurring as a result of taking up the prize except where it is caused by the negligence of Thomas Cook, its agents or distributors or that of their employees. Your statutory rights are not affected.
      • These terms and conditions shall be governed by English law, and the parties submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.
    8. The Promoter
      • The promoter of this competition is Thomas Cook Airlines Limited incorporated and registered in England and Wales under company number 02012379 whose registered office is at Westpoint, Peterborough Business Park, Lynch Wood, Peterborough, PE2 6FZ.

     

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    Takeover my trip

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    Ever wanted to take control of someone else’s holiday?

    Welcome to ‘Takeover my trip’, a three-part travel series focusing on some of our most popular and loved destinations, Majorca, New York and Turkey.

    We need your help to inspire and influence our presenters on their holiday choices and be a part of their journey.  You will be in complete control of all aspects of their trip, from the plane ride – window seat or aisle, meal or no meal – to their activities, what they eat and the places they visit while in destination.

    Over the course of all three trips, you will be making all the decisions via our social media channels, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – the option with the most votes wins and our presenters must obey, choose wisely!

    So, keep an eye out for our first ‘Take over my trip’ journey to the fabulous Majorca, voting starts on the 24th June and it’s off to Majorica on the 2nd July 2019.

     

     

    Our Presenters

    Majorica trip

    Taking on Majorca we have Samira Mighty, ex-Love Islander and presenter #takeovermytrip #toomanyhashtags #itsloveislandtaketwo

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    New York trip

    Taking a bite out of the big apple, New York, we have Ben Shires, comedian and TV presenter.

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    Turkey trip

    And finally, we have Alex Winters, ex-CBeebies presenter taking on one of our favourite destinations, Antalya, Turkey.

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    Europe’s Leading Charter Airline

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    Great news!  We are excited to report that we were named Europe’s Leading Charter Airline for the fifth year running at the World Travel Awards on Sunday 9th June 2019.

     

    The most exciting thing about winning this award is that it’s based on votes from customers as well as travel and tourism professionals worldwide and recognises our commitment to excellence and to you  over the last 12 months.

    The World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony 2019 was held in Madeira, Portugal, and is one of the most prestigious travel and tourism events of the year.

    Our every own Head of Sales UK, Sharon Confue and newly named Thomas Cook Influencer, Sophie Wellock, attended the event to pick up the award.

    This award comes hot on the heels of the success of our Group Airline in Northern Europe where Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia was named the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Leisure Airline our and in Germany where Condor has again been named as the most popular leisure airline.

    Our Chief Airlines Officer, Christoph Debus, said he was “overwhelmingly proud” that our airline had achieved this accolade.

    “We are pitched against other leading airlines in the industry and the fact that we have won again, shows that not only do our customers see us flying wing to wing with the best, but we are the best,”

    Christoph said. “Our successes with this award and each award that we receive is a testament to the hard work and dedication so many of our colleagues put in to ensure that we deliver for our customers.”

     

     

     

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    The best views for commercial flights

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    In a recent blog we revealed that 61% of Brits prefer a window seat when flying, with 83% putting this down to the amazing views that can be enjoyed.

    With that in mind, we got in touch with some of our brilliant pilots – some spending close to 100 hours a month in the air – to find out some of the best sights that can only be seen from the window seat.

    Here are eight of the best!

    1. Route: Manchester Airport – Enfidha-Hammamet Airport (Enfidha, Tunisia)

    View: The Alps

    To get a good view of the white peaks of the Alps, it’s best to catch one of the early flights out of Manchester Airport, says pilot Jason Ramsey. If not, then any other time during daylight hours should be fine.

    You’ll want to be on the left-hand side of the plane on your way out and the right-hand side on your way back. If you’re lucky or eagle-eyed, you may even be able to make out Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest mountain.

     

    2. Route: Manchester Airport – McCarran International Airport (Las Vegas, US)

    Views: The Las Vegas Strip and the Grand Canyon

    Looking down from your window seat at the bright neon lights of the Las Vegas Strip is as much a fun experience as it is a surreal one – and one that’s a firm favourite with many of our pilots.

    Of course, it’s at its luminous best at night, but even during the day, it’s still quite a spectacle. You’ll also get to see the incredible Grand Canyon, as pilot Dave Crichton describes it, from either side of the plane, in or out of Las Vegas.

     

    3. Route: London Gatwick – Cape Town International

    View: Table Mountain

     

    So-called for its flat top – it doesn’t have a pointy summit – Table Mountain is one of South Africa’s most popular attractions and one that you’ll be able to enjoy from the comfort of your window seat.

    For atmospheric views of the mountain and its immediate neighbours – Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head – you’ll want to be on one of the a.m. flights into Cape Town International. “Early arrival views of Table Mountain are superb,” says pilot Tom Richards.

     

    4. Route: London Stansted – Skiathos International Airport

    Views: The Alps, Croatia’s coast and the Greek islands

     

     

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    A typical flight from London Stansted to Skiathos International Airport is something of a treat for early morning passengers, as you’ll get to see a number of amazing sights throughout your journey. This includes the Alps, Croatia’s coastline and, as you get closer to your destination, the incredible Greek islands scattered throughout the Aegean and Ionian seas.

    “Coming into land over the Greek Islands is my favourite,” says pilot Victoria McCarthy. “Not just the view but the fact everything is happening at once, and all coming together. Landing is the most exciting part for the pilot.”

     

    5. Route: Manchester Airport – San Francisco International Airport

    Views: Greenland, Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz

     

    While most of Greenland is covered by a brilliant sheet of bright white ice – itself a spectacular view from above – the fringes of the island have a little more character and colour. Meaning, on a clear day you may be able to make out fjords cutting into the coastline and glaciers rising out of the clear blue waters.

    And that’s not all you’ll get to see on this route. As pilot Astrid Herz reveals, the approach into San Francisco is just as rewarding: “It’s stunning to overfly the bay and see the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. You also get some good views of the mountains and the city.”

     

    6. Route: Manchester – LaGuardia Airport (New York, US)

    View: New York City and Manhattan Island

     

     

    For many of our pilots, New York’s iconic skyline takes some beating … especially at night, says Jason, when it’s at its sparkling best.

    As you get closer to the city, you’re likely to find that your eyes will be drawn to Manhattan Island – its cluster of world-famous skyscrapers is pretty hard to miss. As a bonus, it doesn’t matter whether you’re sitting in a window seat on the left-hand side or right-hand side of the plane, as both guarantee splendid views.

     

    7. Route: London Stansted – Oslo Airport

    View: Norwegian Fjords, Aurora Borealis

    Think Norway, think fjords, think the Aurora Borealis. The Scandinavian country is home to over a 1,000 of these picture-perfect natural wonders. And while experiencing them in person is a must during your visit to Norway – you can also enjoy a bird’s eye view of them on your flight out of London Stansted.

     

    If you’re lucky, a night flight might even get you an aerial view of the Aurora Borealis “I recently caught a fantastic view of them from the flight deck,” says Jason.

     

    8. Route: London Gatwick – Orlando International Airport

    View: Kennedy Space Centre

     

     

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    It’s the return flight from Orlando International Airport that offers up two of the most memorable views you’ll experience on this journey. The first is at the start of your trip, on a plane that flies directly over Cape Canaveral’s Kennedy Space Center. You’ll ideally want to be on the left-hand side for this.

     

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