Thomas Cook, the 178 year-old UK based travel firm collapsed last night despite last minute attempts to find a deal.This leaves over 150,000 holiday makers needing to be brought home in what is being decribed as the UK’s biggest peacetime repatriation. It also puts over 22,000 jobs at risk – 9,000 of which are in the UK.
The UK government has chartered some 45 aircraft from several airlines, including Easyjet and Virgin.
A statement from Thomas Cook read:
Thomas Cook has confirmed that all the companies in its group have ceased trading, including Thomas Cook Airlines. As a result, we are sorry to inform you that all holidays and flights provided by these companies have been cancelled and are no longer operating.
All Thomas Cook’s retail shops have also closed. The Government and the Civil Aviation Authority are now working together to do everything we can to support passengers due to fly back to the UK with Thomas Cook between 23 September 2019 and 6 October 2019.
Depending on your location, this will be either on CAA-operated flights or by using existing flights with other airlines. If you are already abroad you will find all the information you need about your arrangements to get home on this website.
If you are due to depart from a UK airport with Thomas Cook Airlines, please do not travel to your UK airport as your flight will not be operating and you will not be able to travel. This repatriation is hugely complex and we are working around the clock to support passengers.
For more information, go to Thomas Cook