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Airtours Group plc
Airtours Group plc
IndustryTourism, Hospitality, Package holidays
SuccessorMyTravel Group plc
Founded1972; 47 years ago (1972)
FounderDavid Crossland
Defunct2002; 17 years ago (2002) (as a global travel group)
23 September 2019; 30 days ago (23 September 2019) (as a brand)
Area served
United Kingdom
ProductsPackage Holidays[dead link]

Airtours was a British, global travel group specialising in package holidays throughout Europe, as well as in parts of North America and the Caribbean. It operated between 1972 and 2002 after rebranding as MyTravel Group. Airtours remained as a brand of the successor of MyTravel, the Thomas Cook Group until 2019 when the business entered compulsory liquidation.


Airtours’ origins can be traced back to Lancashire, United Kingdom. From 1972 onwards, travel agent David Crossland began purchasing numerous small agencies across the region. The business expanded gradually throughout the 1970s, but growth accelerated rapidly when the operator began offering package holidays during the 1980s. They offered their first charter flights to the Caribbean in 1987 for just £299.[1]

The business was restructured and brought under the newly-formed MyTravel Group plc in May 2002. Airtours International Airways was rebranded as MyTravel Airways, while the Airtours Holidays brand continued to trade within the group.[2]

In June 2007, MyTravel Group plc and Thomas Cook AG merged.[3]

It was announced on September 23rd, 2019 that Airtours parent company Thomas Cook Group had entered into compulsory liquidation and as such the Airtours brand ceased to operate.


  1. ^ "Profile: Rise of the holiday maker: David Crossland will be in his". 7 March 1993. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Airtours to take off as MyTravel". Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  3. ^ "MyTravel and Thomas Cook merging". 12 February 2007. Retrieved 27 November 2017 – via

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