A batch of Thomas Cook slot sales were announced yesterday by the liquidator of the airline.
easyJet has paid £36m for a package of slots at London Gatwick and Bristol. It acquired 12 Summer and eight Winter slots at Gatwick as well as six Summer and one Winter slot at Bristol.
Jet2 has also announced the acquisition of some Thomas Cook slots at Manchester, Stansted, and Birmingham Airports. The price was not disclosed.
It is not clear if this represents all of the Gatwick and Manchester slots, which were the most valuable assets, or just the short-haul ones.
The official statement is not totally clear and Cook was originally reported to have 15 or 16 pairs of Gatwick Summer slots. British Airways was known to be interested in a handful of well-timed slots at Gatwick whilst Virgin Atlantic was keen on some of the Manchester ones.
Here is a photo that I took at Manchester on Monday (whilst been driven to my plane, full story on Monday) showing part of the Thomas Cook fleet parked up awaiting collection by the leasing company: