Welcome back to our video series, where we ask top-hitting financial directors and CFOs the big questions on the year ahead. Every week we publish new video interviews with influential CFOs.
Today: FD of Thomson Airways, Tom Smethers, discusses the fears and concerns for the airline industry.
About Tom Smethers
Tom Smethers became financial director of Thomson Airways in 2015, having joined from the Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts Group. He started his career with Deloitte, before holding senior finance roles with Network Rail, easyJet and the Jumeirah Group.
About Thomson Airways
Thomson Airways is a member of the TUI Group, ad is the world’s largest charter airline. The airline carried 10.6 million passengers in 2015, making it the third-largest UK airline by total passengers, after easyJet and British Airways.
TUI Group’s portfolio consists of tour operators, 1,600 travel agencies and leading online portals, six touristic airlines with around 150 aircraft, over 300 hotels with 214,000 beds, 16 cruise liners and countless incoming agencies in all major holiday destinations around the globe.
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In 2015/16 financial year the TUI Group, with a headcount of 67,000 recorded turnover of €17.2 billion and an operating result of €1 billion.
The TUI Group’s share is listed on the London Stock Exchange in the FTSE index and in the Quotation Board of the Open Market on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.