Thomas Cook airport slots bought by EasyJet and Jet2

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EasyJet and Jet2.com have bought all of the take-off and landing slots owned by collapsed travel firm Thomas Cook in UK airports.

The slots at London Gatwick and Bristol were bought by EasyJet for £36m, the government’s liquidation service said.

Jet2.com has bought slots at Manchester, Birmingham and Stansted airports for an undisclosed amount.

Thomas Cook’s UK business and airline entered insolvency in September, when a court appointed an official receiver.

EasyJet bought 12 summer take-off and landing slots, called pairs, at Gatwick and eight winter slot pairs.