A WOMAN believed to be among the tourists affected by the Thomas Cook collapse has died after arriving at a Spanish airport to be flown home.
The 67-year-old German national collapsed in the parking area at Reus International Airport near Tarragona around midday on Tuesday.
She was helped by a German nurse who was on holiday but died at the scene after paramedics arrived and made an unsuccessful attempt to save her using a defibrillator when she went into cardiac arrest.
Local reports said she fell ill on her way to the airport and died while waiting to be flown home on a rescue flight, after Thomas Cook went into administration in the early hours of Monday morning.
Around 135,000 Brits are still waiting to be rescued and brought back to the UK.
A huge repatriation operation began on Monday and is due to last till October 6.
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It was not clear last on Tuesday night where the dead woman was due to fly to in the UK, and if she was travelling alone or with friends or family.
No-one from the airport where the incident occurred was available for comment late on Tuesday night.
Three rescue flights were due to take off from Reus Airport for Britain- bound for Manchester, Belfast and Glasgow.
The Manchester and Belfast flights were scheduled to leave before midday with the Glasgow flight leaving at 12.,50pm local time and arriving at its destination at 2.30pm.
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Reus airport serves the Costa Daurada, which includes the beach resorts of Salou and Cambrils.
It is close to one of Europe’s largest theme resorts, PortAventura World, which has been one areas on the Spanish mainland most badly hit by the Thomas Cook collapse.
A routine investigation into the woman’s death is already underway and post-mortem is expected to take place tomorrow.
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