Cadogan Holidays will launch a Middle East and Far East programme early next year.

Managing director Tom Allen said the new winter 2009/10 programme will cover Thailand, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Mauritius, Jordan, Oman, Dubai, Fujairah and Abu Dhabi.  It is hoped it will encourage customers to book longer durations with the operator.

He added: “We will be looking over the next few years to expand to other destinations as well.”

Meanwhile Allen said the operator will be booking out the front three rows of BMI flights to offer customers business class travel.

Using flights chartered by sister company Teleticket, which has been taking advantage of the demise of XL Airways to create its own routes, the luxury operator will run its premium class service on the flights departing from Gatwick, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Belfast to the Canaries, Greece and Turkey.

Teleticket has also announced it will introduce new routes from Belfast to the Canary Islands, Dalaman and Paphos for next summer.