Thomas Cook relaunches as online-only travel firm exactly one year after folding – Latest News

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Its collapse left 150,000 holidaymakers stranded overseas and saw 9,000 jobs axed last year.

The 178-year-old brand now employs just 50 people and is selling no travel restriction beach holidays to Italy, Barbados and Greece.

The travel giant which left 150,000 holidaymakers stranded last year is selling beach breaks to Italy, Barbados and Greece saying it won’t charge people hit by travel rule changes

Thomas Cook re-launches online with holidays for 2020 and 2021

Alan French, Thomas Cook’s new UK Chief Executive, insisted it won’t charge customers if they’re left stranded by Government rule changes.

Thomas Cook relaunched as an online-only travel company today – exactly one year after the famous travel company folded.

He said: “We know Brits are keen to travel but feel nervous about safety and any changes to Government rules on quarantine. We are only selling destinations on the travel corridor list and all the hotels are flexible.

Chinese firm Fosun Travel Group bought the company for £11 million last year which will sell holidays online and over the phone.

French, who was previously Group Strategy and Technology Director of the company, was one of the 9,000 staff who lost their jobs last September.

“We also won’t charge customers a fee to change their holidays if Government rules change. Our new business will combine fantastic UK-based customer service with an updated operating model protected by Atol and with the backing of a multibillion-dollar organisation.”

He added: “What happened last year was a tragedy at a personal level for many thousands of my former colleagues, our business partners and of course our loyal customers.

“The resilience and affection still felt for the Thomas Cook brand reflects the huge commitment and professionalism of those former colleagues. We are very much in their debt and hope to have their backing as we look to take the brand into a new era.”

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