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Thousands of travellers will now find it easier to escape the harsh British weather, as Saint Lucia welcomed a new direct flight from Manchester Airport to its sunny shores on the weekend.

From Sunday November 10th, 2013, charter airline, Thomas Cook will be providing weekly Sunday flights on the flight-only arm of its operation, Fly Thomas Cook, using a specially configured Airbus A330 aircraft. The highly anticipated flight, with its captain, crew and passengers were greeted with much fanfare by officials of the Saint Lucia Tourist Board and aviation partner, the St. Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority.

The flight leaves Manchester at 7:00am GMT to arrive in Saint Lucia at 3:00pm local time. This departure allows travellers to benefit from a wide range of connections from regional airports across the UK and Europe including Scandinavia and Germany.

Chairman of the airlift committee and deputy chairman of the St Lucia Tourist Board Thaddeus Antoine has commented on the new venture.

The new flight, with a capacity of 325 seats, is a welcome boost to the island’s airlift from Europe, providing more travel options for those in the Midlands, the North and Scotland, to directly and seamlessly access Saint Lucia.

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