Spain has been hit by the collapse of Thomas Cook. Holidays and flights with the tour operator were all cancelled when the tour operator went bust last Monday. Spanish beaches on Majorca have been left deserted but the British tourists who normally swarm the popular holiday destination in the south of the country. Rows and rows of deck chairs lie empty on the sands and British-run businesses claim trade is suffering. At least 500 Spanish hotels are facing imminent closure due to the fall in British holidaymakers, reported the Daily Star.
Thomas Cook: Spain beaches deserted after Thomas Cook collapses – hotels face closure
Around 150,000 Britons needed to be rescued from abroad after Thomas Cook went into liquidation.
This operation was the biggest peacetime repatriation since the Second World War.
Majorca is hugely popular with Britons but the cancellation of all of the business’s flights and holiday packages has ben “catastrophic” for business on the holiday island.
Jack Bate, 31, owner of the Rose and Crown pub in Cala Millor, said trade has sharply dropped this week and was “sometimes down to none,” he told the Daily Star.
Debbie Ellen, 41, owner of the Sun Deck bar in Cala Millor, told the paper: “I’m just so worried at what’s to come. I’ve got no idea what will happen. It has been the most difficult year already.”
Yesterday, 35 flights operated to bring back around 5,700 passengers while 44 flights are scheduled to operate today returning another 7,100 people.
Richard Moriarty, Chief Executive at the UK Civil Aviation Authority, said: “Our two-week flying programme to bring home more than 150,000 people remains on course.
“However, due to the scale and complexity of our repatriation and refund operations, we would like to thank Thomas Cook customers for bearing with us throughout any inconvenience and disruption.
“We remain firmly focussed on the enormity of the challenge we still have to deliver.
“We now have 30,000 passengers left to return to the UK and are simultaneously working on the challenge of refunding the 360,000 ATOL protected future bookings as soon as possible.”
MoneySavingExpert has shared his travel advice with Britons to help them steer clear of scammers.
Scammers are also moving in on holidaymakers to exploit the Thomas Cook collapse and get money off customers.
People are getting Thomas Cook emails, said Lewis, from officials forms to invitations to reclaim.
However, Britons should never contact the people who are coming to them – you should always go through the official channels and contact the official people yourself. Spelling mistakes are a very easy way to identify a phishing email.
Adam French, Which? Consumer Rights Expert, added: “We’ve heard worrying stories of criminals trying to scam people affected by the collapse of Thomas Cook, so while the messages being sent by some banks might be well-meaning, this flawed approach will only be adding to the confusion customers are facing.
“Our advice is to ignore unsolicited calls and texts and avoid sharing your card or bank details. Anyone looking to claim back the cost of their flight through their debit or credit card provider should contact their bank directly themselves.”
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