Government and CAA Launch Repatriation Scheme as Thomas Cook Collapses

The Government and the CAA have jointly launched a repatriation scheme to get tens of thousands of British holiday makers home, following the collapse of Thomas Cook.

Grant Shapps, the Secretary of State for Transport, said in a statement:

“Thomas Cook’s collapse is very sad news for staff and holidaymakers. The government and UK CAA is working round the clock to help people. Our contingency planning has helped acquire planes from across the world – some from as far away as Malaysia – and we have put hundreds of people in call centres and at airports.

But the task is enormous, the biggest peacetime repatriation in UK history. So, there are bound to be problems and delays. Please try to be understanding with the staff who are trying to assist in what is likely to be a very difficult time for them as well.”

Andrea Leadsom, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, said in a statement:

“This will be a hugely worrying time for employees of Thomas Cook, as well as their customers. Government will do all it can to support them. I will be setting up a cross-government taskforce to monitor local impacts, will write to insurance companies to ask them to process claims quickly, and stand ready to provide assistance and advice.

I will also be writing to the Insolvency Service to ask them to prioritise and fast-track their investigation into the circumstances surrounding Thomas Cook going into liquidation.”

Rebecca Long Bailey, the Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, said in a statement:

“Thanks to the government’s failure to act, staff employed by Thomas Cook may face redundancy while holiday makers risk being left stranded overseas. The government must stop its recklessness and step in to avert this crisis by taking an equity stake.”