Responding to the announcement that Thomas Cook have ceased trading Tim Alderslade, Chief Executive of Airlines UK, the industry association that represents UK-registered carriers and which counted Thomas Cook as a member, said:
“Today is an incredibly sad day for the UK airline and travel industry. Thomas Cook has been one of our most recognisable brands for over a hundred years and has served and represented our sector with distinction.
“Our thoughts go out to the thousands of Thomas Cook staff who through no fault of their own face an uncertain future, and the hundreds of thousands of passengers who are currently abroad or were looking forward to taking a holiday with the company.
The CAA and Department for Transport will ensure they are brought home in as speedy and professional way as possible, and other Airlines UK members will also be heavily assisting with the repatriation effort, and we thank them for their efforts over the coming days overseeing what will be an incredibly complex operation.”