THOMAS Cook’s bosses should be personally held to account for leaving holidaymakers stranded, Boris Johnson has insisted.
The PM spoke out as the travel giant collapsed, leaving 160,000 Brits stranded abroad.
Boris Johnson criticised the travel agent for leaving thousands of people stranded[/caption]
He also confirmed that the Government has already drawn up a rescue plan to bring home the abandoned tourists.
Landing on his RAF flight in New York for a UN summit, Mr Johnson said the Government’s “thoughts are very much with the customers who may now face difficulties getting home”.
And he said: “There will be plans ready to deal with that if it’s necessary”.
The PM also dropped a strong hint that the bosses of travel firms that go under could fail new criminal sanctions.
Ministers are already reviewing the need for new offences after the airline Monarch entered administration in 2017, leaving nearly 100,000 passengers and holidaymakers stranded.
Boris added: “I do think we need to look at ways in which tour operators, one way or another, can protect themselves from such bankruptcies in the future – to make sure that companies such as Monarch or Thomas Cook don’t in the end come to the taxpayer for help.
“One way or the other, the state will have to step in to help stranded holidaymakers.
“One’s driven to reflect on whether the directors of these companies are properly incentivised to sort such matters out.”
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Boris also told why ministers refused to bail out the disaster-hit firm.
He explained: “It is perfectly true that a request was made to the Government for a subvention for around £150m.
“Clearly that is a lot of taxpayers’ money and sets up a moral hazard in the case of future commercial difficulties that companies face.”
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