THOMAS Cook, the world’s oldest travel company, went bust on Monday. But now five days later, 90,000 Brits are STILL stranded abroad and it may be another week until they are brought home.
21,000 people are set to lose their jobs and hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers stranded across the world.
Thomas Cook went bust on Monday, leaving 150,000 holidaymakers stranded abroad. It may take up to two weeks to get them all back to the UK[/caption]
On the fifth day since the firm was liquidated, around 90,000 Brits are STILL stranded abroad – and there are fears that they won’t be returning for another week.
It is expected to take up to two weeks to bring all 150,000 Brits back to the UK from destinations as far away as the Caribbean, Turkey and the US
A further 72 flights will bring home 16,000 people today – but that leaves around 90,000 still stuck outside the UK.
61,000 Brits have been brought home in the last four days since the firm went bust.
After Thomas Cook went into administration, it was claimed the company had a balance sheet black hole of more than £3 billion while many believe “corporate greed” is to blame.
Fears are growing that holiday prices will shoot up next summer following the traumatic period for the industry.
Around 25,000 tourists were due to fly to Majorca alone with the travel giant this month.
News of the stranded Brits comes after the chief executive officer of Thomas Cook apologised following the release of a “celebratory video” days after the company’s closure.
The “insensitive” video showed the firm’s German employees celebrating a state bailout.
The state intervention means the airline can keep operating for at least another six months.
A Condor spokesman said: “As much as we are pleased to be able to continue to fly, we are very much in thoughts of our colleagues in Great Britain, Oberursel and Europe.
“None of us wanted this to happen. Of course, we keep our fingers crossed for a good, quick and constructive solution.
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“The video was taken immediately after the announcement of the federal government’s decision to grant Condor a guarantee of 380 million euros.
“The joy and relief of the employees and management is absolutely understandable in view of the current situation.”
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