Get Outta Here! Podcast: The Last Flight of Thomas Cook

The 178-year old British tour operator Thomas Cook collapsed suddenly last month, scrambling travel plans for tens of thousands of travelers around the world. AP London correspondent Charles de Ledesma turns out to have been one of them. He and his wife left for southern Greece on a Cook flight just before the failure. He talks about his adventures, both in Greece and in getting the flight back two weeks later. On My Favorite Trip, we talk about the phenomenon of mystery travel, with a satisfied customer.

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The Gambia’s tourism sector feels pressure after Thomas Cook collapse | AFP

As The Gambia’s tourist season begins, hotel owners are still trying to ‘cut down on losses’ after the bankruptcy of British tour operator Thomas Cook on 23 September 2019. The British holidaymaker was one of the largest tourist outfitters in the small West African country, with 45% of tourists entering The Gambia through Thomas Cook according to The Gambia’s government. Two emergency meetings have been organised by the government to find an emergency solution before the country’s touristic season begins in November. from hotel owners in Banjul

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Mexico braces for impact as Thomas Cook collapses | AFP

Mexico is bracing for a “very powerful” impact from the collapse of British travel firm Thomas Cook, as several hundred tourists gather at the Cancun airport looking for a way home.

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Thomas Cook passengers at Palma airport face an uncertain wait | AFP

Thomas Cook passengers at Palma airport face an uncertain wait for a flight back to Britain following the collapse of the travel giant. IMAGES of travellers at Mallorca airport

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Cypriot hotels fear losses following Thomas Cook collapse | AFP

Local Cypriot hotels fear dramatic losses following the collapse of UK tour operator Thomas Cook as Cypriot authorities scramble to reassure thousands of foreign holidaymakers left stranded on the Mediterranean island.

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Collapse of UK travel giant Thomas Cook strands thousands | AFP

British travel firm Thomas Cook collapsed on Monday, leaving some 600,000 holidaymakers stranded and sparking the UK’s biggest repatriation since World War II.

The 178-year-old debt-plagued group, which had struggled against fierce online competition for some time and blamed Brexit uncertainty for a recent drop in bookings, declared bankruptcy after failing to secure £200 million ($250 million, 227 million euros) from private investors.

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Thomas Cook check-in closed after company collapses | AFP

Passengers at Gatwick airport are greeted by an announcement that the Thomas Cook airlines company has ‘ceased trading and all flights are cancelled’ after the 178-year-old British holiday firm failed. IMAGES

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Tourists stranded in Spain after Thomas Cook folds | AFP

British travel group Thomas Cook has declared bankruptcy after failing to reach a last-ditch rescue deal, triggering the UK’s biggest repatriation since World War II to bring back tens of thousands of stranded passengers. IMAGES of tourists stranded in Mallorca

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Thomas Cook folds, sparking worldwide repatriation of tourists | AFP

British travel group Thomas Cook declares bankruptcy after failing to reach a last-ditch rescue deal, triggering the UK’s biggest repatriation since World War II to bring back tens of thousands of stranded passengers. IMAGES of a Thomas Cook branch

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UK travel giant Thomas Cook collapses | AFP

Thomas Cook’s 178-year existence has come to an end after the British travel firm struggled to find private investment to keep it afloat, potentially affecting thousands of holidaymakers.

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Four men thrown off flight tell RT Thomas Cook is scapegoating ‘bearded Asians’

Four students found themselves kicked off a flight after allegedly playing a song with the word “bomb” in it, but the young men say they were targeted for being “bearded Asians.”

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