|Airtours Group plc|
|Public limited company|
|Traded as||MyTravel Group plc on the London Stock Exchange |
FTSE 250 Component
|Industry||Transport (package holidays)|
|Fate||Merger with Thomas Cook AG|
|Successor||Thomas Cook Group plc|
|Founded||1972 (as Airtours)|
2002 (as MyTravel Group)
|Headquarters||Rochdale, England, UK|
|Michael Beckett (Chairman), Peter McHugh (CEO), John Allkins (Finance Director), John Bloodworth (Managing Director UK), Sam Weihagen (N Europe), Michael Friisdahl (Canada), Greg McMahon (Group Secretary), Steven Olivant (Communications), James Jennings (Strategy), Bill McQueen (HR)|
|Revenue||£2.79 billion GBP (2006)|
Number of employees
|14,600 Full Time|
MyTravel Airways UK
MyTravel Group plc was a package holiday company based in the United Kingdom. It was founded in 1972 and included brands such as Airtours, Aspro, Cresta, Direct Holidays, Escapades, Manos and Panorama in the UK and Ireland, Sunquest Vacations and ALBA Tours in North America, and Ving, Always, Tjæreborg, Spies, Skibby, MyTravel Tango, Bridge and Saga Solreiser in Scandinavia. The company included an in-house airline, MyTravel Airways. Following the merger of MyTravel and Thomas Cook AG on 19 June 2007, these brands passed to the new combined Thomas Cook Group plc.
The group was founded under the Airtours brand in 1972, when David Crossland purchased a series of small travel agencies in Lancashire, United Kingdom. The group began operating package holidays and launched its own in-house charter airline, in the early 1980s.
In 1994, Airtours purchased Scandinavian Leisure Group and in 1996 it bought Simon Spies Holding, a Danish rival.
In 2002, Airtours Group plc, rebranded under the new company-wide banner of MyTravel Group plc. This included a name change for Airtours International and Premiair to MyTravel Airways.