Thousands of jobs saved by the buyout of UK's Thomas Cook stores

Natasha Walker and Nicola Lotts have joined Premier Travel in Bishop's Stortford after losing their jobs at Thomas Cook

Natasha Walker and Nicola Lotts have joined Premier Travel in Bishop's Stortford after losing their jobs at Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook brought down the shutters late last month after it failed to secure a funding lifeline. "A reasonable percentage have actually cried".

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary has expressed interest in taking on some of Thomas Cook's leased Airbus planes and pilots, but also said that the airline group is not interested in taking on Condor.

In coming to Hays Travel you can be assured that we will be doing our utmost to build upon all that was good about the much-loved Thomas Cook brand.

Alongside its commitment to provide holiday packages, TUI Airways will create jobs for over 100 pilots and over 200 cabin crew.

It does not give a date for the re-opening of the Boston shop, though.

Hays Travel has 190 shops across the United Kingdom and will nearly quadruple in size.

The 178-year-old travel company folded on Monday, September 23, after failing to secure a rescue deal.

John Hays said the company's business model was better suited to the internet age, with web enquiries leading to customer visits on the high street.

It seems that ABTA's prayers have been answered as the organisation wished for the skilled staff of Thomas Cook to be able to get back on their feet as soon as possible.

The company also offered jobs to over 600 former Thomas Cook employees and offered to help all of the Thomas Cook apprentices to complete their training at the Ofsted accredited Hays Travel Academy.

John Hays, who set up the the company 40 years ago, said: "It is a game-changer for us, nearly trebling the number of shops we have and doubling our workforce - and for the industry, which will get to keep some of its most talented people".

Public and private partners worked together to host the event at Manchester Airport, where former Thomas Cook staff were provided with advice and information.

The holidaymakers had been repatriated but the employees feared for their future.

The company is now in the hands of the Official Receiver who are in charge of dealing with the insolvency process.

Household name Thomas Cook, which went bankrupt overnight last month, was the biggest holiday company in Britain with both a tour operator and airline division.

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