Thomas Cook Airlines (TCA) UK is to merge with its sister airline brands in Germany and Belgium from March 2013.
Following the merger TCA UK, Condor (Germany) and TCA Belgium will become one airline with a board chaired by the group head of travel and the chief executive of Condor.
Group head of air travel and lead spokesperson for the group airline, Christoph Debus, said that by offering greater flexibility, better choice, high touch service, on time performance and real value, the prospects would improve for Thomas Cook.
He added: “We believe that our airline will be stronger as one integrated business.”
The airline’s new “group board” will be further strengthened by the appointment of Cor Vrieswijk, who will join Thomas Cook as the new chief operating officer of TCA UK from March 1 2013.
In addition to this UK specific role, he will coordinate and oversee all operational activities across Thomas Cook Airlines as part of his wider remit.
Cor brings a wealth of industry experience, having worked at KLM, Transavia and more recently as COO of easyJet where he oversaw the successful integration of GB Airways during a very challenging period for the airline industry.
He was also the interim CEO of Air Malta before taking his current consultancy role using his industry experience to advise on a variety of projects in the airline sector.
Debus added: “I would also like to thank our airline teams across Europe for the hard work and commitment they have shown as we’ve worked towards this important milestone, and together build a stronger future for the Thomas Cook Group.”
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia, which currently operates a different business model, will work closely with the new Group airline, coordinating across all functional areas, whilst exploring ways to integrate more fully in the medium term.