Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium
|Commenced operations||March 2002|
|Operating bases||Brussels Airport|
|Parent company||Thomas Cook Group|
|Key people||Jean-Christophe Degen|
The airline was established on 12 December 2001 by the Thomas Cook Group to serve the Belgian holiday market, and started operations on 13 March 2002. Until January 2004, flight tickets could only be purchased via travel agencies as part of package tours; since then individual seat reservations are also possible. The airline has several sister companies, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia and Condor, all of which have a joint fleet management.
In March 2017, parent company Thomas Cook announced its intention to sell its Belgian operations to Lufthansa. Therefore, Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium will be shut down by late October 2017 with two aircraft and all traffic rights being handed to Brussels Airlines. Its three remaining aircraft will be relocated to Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium's sister companies. This would have lead to the layoff of 40 non-flying staff members, but the Dutch group SHS Aviation announced it would take over flight licences and the remaining 40 employees, and integrate them into the reestablished VLM Airlines.
As of October 2017, the Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium fleet consists of the following aircraft:
- aero.de - "Thomas Cook hands Belgian airline business to Lufthansa" (German) 30 March 2017
- "VLM Airlines neemt deel werknemers en vlieglicentie Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium over " (Dutch) 31 May 2017 retrieved 26 Jun 2017
- "Belgian Aircraft Register". Belgian Government - Official information and services. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
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