Monday 23rd September. Thomas Cook Group Plc, one of the UK’s most iconic travel brands, has ceased trading.
All the organisations in the group will stop operating from today, including Thomas Cook Airlines. Hundreds of retail shops will also close.
The failure puts 22,000 jobs at risk worldwide, including 9,000 in the UK.
Following the collapse, the British government and the Civil Aviation Authority are working together to fly as many as 150,000 customers who are currently overseas back to the UK. The government has chartered 45 jets and will fly 64 routes today; the fleet will temporarily become the UK’s fifth largest airline.
Anyone in the UK due to travel should not to go to the airport and people overseas should only head to the airport once they have alternative flights planned.
Those who are due to travel and who are already abroad are advised to refer to the CAA website for further advice.
All future holidays are cancelled but as the firm was ATOL protected, there is advice on the above site for those wanting to get a refund. Anyone whose flight is not ATOL protected is not entitled to make a claim, but could still get their money back through their own travel insurance or credit card issuer.
Customers who booked a flight or holiday through Simplexity Travel will automatically be covered.
Simplexity Travel will continue to monitor the situation, and thanks to our 24/7, 365 days a year service, our representatives are here to offer you advice around the clock.
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