Holidaymakers stranded after travel firm Thomas Cook collapses

Holidaymakers have been left stranded across the world after British travel firm Thomas Cook collapsed this morning.

Monday, 23rd September 2019, 7:39 am
Updated Monday, 23rd September 2019, 7:39 am
Travel firm Thomas Cook has collapsed. Photo: Tim Goode/PA Wire

There are believed to be around 150,000 people currently on Travel Cook holidays, with uncertainty surrounding how they will get back home.

Speaking before the collapse of the travel firm this morning, Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged to help those affected, as he questioned whether bosses were not ‘incentivised’ to prevent their business's demise.

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The Prime Minister was speaking before the announcement that the 178-year-old firm has ceased trading with immediate effect.

More than 150,000 British holidaymakers are currently abroad and will need to be repatriated, the Civil Aviation Authority has said.

Mr Johnson told reporters on board the RAF Voyager travelling to New York for the United Nations General Assembly that his thoughts were with customers.

"It's a very difficult situation and obviously our thoughts are very much with the customers with Thomas Cook, the holidaymakers, who may now face difficulties getting home."

"We will do our level best to get them (travellers) home".

"There will be plans ready to deal with that if it's necessary.

"One way or the other the state will have to step in quite rightly to help stranded holidaymakers."

But he added: "One is driven to reflect on whether the directors of these companies are properly incentivised to sort such matters out," he added.

The PM also sought to fend off criticism over the lack of a state bailout for Thomas Cook.

"It is perfectly true that a request was made to the government for a subvention of about £150 million," he said.

"Clearly that's a lot of taxpayers' money and sets up, as people will appreciate, a moral hazard in the case of future such commercial difficulties that companies face."