BREXIT: Great Britain Tourism at a Crossroads

Christoph Debus, Chief Airlines Officer Thomas Cook Group is one of the speakers at ITB Future Day addressing the consequences of Brexit. We asked him to give us a little foretaste of what we can expect to hear…

I will explain the importance of a clear and legally binding agreement for the aviation sector to secure the mobility across Europe including UK. I am of course glad to see that both the European Commission and the UK government have stated their commitment to keep planes ying, even in the event of a no-deal Brexit. This makes us con dent as an industry that we’ll still be able to offer customers their choice of holiday this summer, no matter what happens with the withdrawal agreement.

EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS THAT MOBILITY IS FUNDAMENTAL FOR THE CITIZENS AND THE ECONOMY

How important will the impact be on European air transport in general?

Everyone understands that mobility is fundamental for the citizens and the economy. We are glad to see that the EU has prioritised the aviation sector in its Contingency Action Plan. This demonstrates the importance to the regulating body.

Condor recently announced new routes for 2019 – to Italy, Greece and Morocco. At the same time, you have announced a series of measures for greater operational stability in ight operations. Could you please tell us a little more?

In the German market, Condor was able to grow by a third on their European routes last Summer. The growth has been challenging at some times, that is why our priority for this Summer is a smooth and stable operation across all our markets with additional spare aircraft and a reduced number of third party airlines operating on our behalf. At the same time, we will of course continue to grow our program and our eet. With three own additional aircraft only in Germany, we are able to offer new routes and additional frequencies to our customers’ favourites this year: Turkey, Greece and Italy.


BREXIT: GREAT BRITAIN TOURISM AT A CROSSROADS
Category: ITB Future Day
Date: Today, March 6, 2019
Time: 4:00pm – 4:45pm
Location: CityCube Berlin, Auditorium A4/A5


Photo: Christoph Debus Chief Airlines Of cer, Thomas Cook Group