The Thomas Cook Group has announced a 5% fall in bookings for the current winter season.
Speaking as he announced the audited results for the year ending October 31, 2007, chief executive Manny Fontenla-Novoa said the fall in sales follows a 7% capacity cut. He revealed the average selling price for a holiday in the UK is currently up by 2%, leaving margins ahead of the previous year.
He said the capacity cuts had been largely in the short haul market which was cut by 21% for this winter. The group’s tour operations exited unprofitable areas of the business. Long haul capacity was cut by 15% while the medium haul market saw the least cuts at just 4%.
Fontenla-Novoa said early sales for the summer market are “encouraging” despite being 2% down on last year. They come following a 9% capacity cut while the average selling price is 2% more than last year.
Again the key capacity cuts have been in short haul which was slashed by 21% while medium haul and long haul were cut by 3% and 9% respectively.
Fontenla-Novoa added summer sales in the group’s key destinations of Egypt and Turkey are particularly strong.
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