Thomas Cook Group Plc, a UK-based travel company, has initiated a promotional event for holidaymakers who wish to travel before the increase in Airport Departure Tax (APD) is implemented.
The company is offering a three-week promotion for those travelling to international destinations, offering a saving of up to £83 per person on bookings made between August 24 and September 13, 2012
A company spokesperson said, ‘We’re committed to offering our customers the very best value for money and strenuously voice our disappointment to the Government about the increases to flight tax. Our offer just highlights the extortionate amount holidaymakers have to pay whilst hopefully making long haul getaways more accessible whether heading off for some winter sun or planning the family trip for next year.
The Government has steadfastly refused to listen to any of the arguments that the travel industry has presented on this tax and it is a great shame that at a time when they could – and should – be doing all they can to lessen the strain on hard working families, they are yet again making the consumer pay.’
The offer is valid on holidays booked with Thomas Cook, Thomas Cook Style Collection and Airtours, for destinations including Florida, Las Vegas, Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Goa.
Thomas Cook has been suffering major financial difficulties and has previously divested its stake in Hoteles Y Clubs De Vacaciones (HCV), and a 77 percent interest in Thomas Cook (India) Limited (TCIL), its Indian subsidiary, to raise funds.