Easyjet to unveil package holiday business – just weeks after Thomas Cook went bust
Easyjet will today unveil a package holiday business – just weeks after Thomas Cook went bust.
Customers will be able to book hotels at some of its top destinations, including the Canary Islands and the Alps.
The business will offer flexible breaks that can be booked at any time of the week coinciding with its flights, instead of the traditional model of offering one or two-week holidays with flights at fixed times.
Flying high: The airline has spent almost a year striking deals with hundreds of hotels on its most popular routes
The airline has spent almost a year striking deals with hundreds of hotels on its most popular routes.
Easyjet Holidays launches before Christmas as families book winter skiing holidays and summer breaks. The move will be unveiled with the firm’s annual results today, when profits are set to tumble from £587m to between £420m and £430m.
It pits Easyjet against the stance taken by many of its rivals. After Thomas Cook’s collapse, Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary declared the package holiday was ‘dead’.
But Easyjet’s boss Johan Lundgren believes it will be a big revenue generator.
An industry source said: ‘With Thomas Cook going under it’s made Easyjet focus on a bare-bones holiday experience which is more in tune with what people want.’