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Should Thomas Cook collapse, presumably a slot auction will commence for their LGW operations? If so are British Airways likely to take these, given Norwegian’s recent service reduction and reluctance to commence new routes? What kind of routes are BA looking to start from LGW?20 Sep 2019
Speedbird2169 – Can you remember the days when BA used to operate many flights from LGW both short- and long-haul ?
BA made a major effort to sell LGW as a business airport.
But eventually its most profitable routes were transferred back to LHR.20 Sep 2019
The Thomas Cook group has 4 airlines, Thomas Cook in the UK (TCX), Condor in Germany (CFG), Thomas Cook Scandinavia (VKG) and little known Thomas Cook Balearics based on Palma with 6 A320s.
If Thomas Cook do cease trading the industry rumours are that Condor’s good bits will be picked up by Lufthansa, Thomas Cook UK short haul has Jet2 written all over it, and Virgin are known to be interested in their Long Haul Manchester operations and A330s, and the Scandinavian outfit may be picked up by a select group from TUI and Apollo Travel.
Depending on the state of the airline group if it goes bust, they may or may not be in a place to sell the slots. Monarch had already gone so were unable to sell theirs, let’s see what happens over the weekend.
There are thousands of jobs at stake here across Europe, and I for one hope we have a happy outcome rather than seeing the demise of a large European operator.20 Sep 2019
Lufthansa have stated clearly that they have no interest in purchasing part or all of Condor.
Condor is possibly a viable stand alone business at the right price.24 Sep 2019
I understand than Condor is trading as a separate entity and will continue to do so unaffected.
We have a friend who left Air Berlin just before they curled up their wings, he now works for Condor and was on tenterhooks over the weekend, but apparently although there may some internal changes, the airline will continue to operate.24 Sep 2019
Last night I walked passed the ground floor offices of Thomas Cook at the Gatwick North Terminal. How sad….so sad. It was always buzzing with activity, full of pilots, cabin crew and operations staff. Last night the lights were on, papers on the floor, chairs askew, but none of the important vibrant life…the people, their lives now in chaos. Good luck to all.24 Sep 2019
The Germany state of Hesse, where Condor is based, has apparently agreed this morning to facilitate the airline’s application for a government bridging loan. Thus it looks as though its business as usual for the Condor part of the TC group at least in the short to medium term.24 Sep 2019