Now part of the Thomas Cook Group
MyTravel Lite, part of the MyTravel Group, offers one-way and return flights to all major European charter destinations, and serves the UK holiday market. From its beginnings as a budget airline launched in October 2002, MyTravel Lite specialised in low-fare scheduled flights, and operated as such until November 2005. The company was re-launched in November 2006 and uses the MyTravel Group aircraft for its flights. Now MyTravel Group has been reintegrated into the parent company Thomas Cook Group, with MyTravel Airways fully integrated into Thomas Cook Airlines in March of 2008. All flights previously available on MyTravel Lite flights are available on Flythomascook.
Originally set up to offer low-cost scheduled flights
The company was set up as a subsidiary of the MyTravel Group, which in turn was the original Airtours Group as of 2002. When it was launched in October of 2002, MyTravel Lite used the planes, staff and engineering from MyTravel Airways to offer one-way and return low-cost scheduled flights. The airline flew from Birmingham and Manchester to cities such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Geneva and Paris, and popular holiday destinations including Alicante, Malaga, Palma, Ibiza, Faro, Tenerife and Gran Canaria. After October 2005, operations were fully taken over by MyTravel Airways, meaning that the airline no longer offered one-way or flexible scheduled flights, and customers were restricted to standard holiday lengths, usually 3, 4, 7, or 14 nights.
Selling one-way and return charter flights to Europe
MyTravel Airways serves between 45 and 85 destinations, peaking in the high summer season. The hubs for the airline include London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Newcastle, East Midlands, Belfast, Cardiff and Glasgow, with its headquarters based in Rochdale. MyTravel Airways has a fleet of 20 aircraft, including 5 Airbus A320-200 and 4 Airbus A321-200 for their short/medium hauls routes, and 6 Boeing 757 for their medium/long haul routes. Long/medium haul routes are served by 3 Airbus A330-200 and 2 Boeing 767-300ER. MyTravel has connections with the Canadian Skyservice, and the two companies lease aircraft during the high summer season.
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