Families in Wales planning to head to the Sunshine State for 2015 summer holidays will welcome the news that Thomas Cook Airlines is launching one-off flights from Cardiff to Orlando in 2015.
The flights will be jetting off on Friday August the 28th, 2015 and Wednesday May the 25th, 2016 on one of the airline's Airbus A330s - the flights will both have a 14-day departure period.
Director of commercial and planning Rob Thompson confirmed that the flights had been introduced in response to a huge demand from the flying public - he also revealed that they will both benefit from the end of Air Passenger Duty (APD) for children aged between two and 11.
The APD saving for a family holiday (four people) to North America after May the 1st 2015 is an impressive £138 - money that can go back into the holiday spending pot for other travel extras.
He said: “It’s also a flight which will benefit from the recent announcement of the abolition of APD for the under 12’s travelling in economy – which means our long haul flights are ever better value for families.
“Like many of our long haul routes, the Orlando flight will feature one of our new refurbished fleet, with our new Premium service.
“Our brand new long haul economy cabins and service will challenge perceptions of our airline, and our new Premium will ensure our customers experience a great range of services, flying in style to their summer break,” he commented
Spencer Birns, Aviation Business Development Director at Cardiff Airport, added:
“Thomas Cook has recognised the big demand in Wales for Florida flights and we’re pleased our customers are being offered more travel options to popular holiday destinations from Cardiff airport.”
A total of 4.8 million international visitors descended to Orlando in 2013 - according to official visitor figures, a figure that has jumped up by 0.5 million in a year-on-year comparison.
With its year-round mild weather and multitude of theme parks including the world-famous Disneyland, it's not hard to see why families return to Orlando time and time again.
If you are heading off on a long-haul holiday, it's important to organise long-haul travel insurance in advance.
Date Created: 18/12/2014