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Belfast Airport warns holidaymakers to stay away as Thomas Cook ceases trading

There will be no Thomas Cook flights out of Belfast after the travel company ceased trading in the early hours of this morning (Monday).

More than 150,000 British holidaymakers are currently abroad and will need to be repatriated as a result of the 178-year-old firm’s collapse, the Civil Aviation Authority said.

A spokesperson for the Airport said: “It is with great regret that we have been notified that Thomas Cook Group has ceased trading.

“We are working closely with the UK Civil Aviation Authority to support the effort to repatriate passengers back to the UK.

“Passengers due to travel with Thomas Cook are advised not to come to the Airport as there will be no more Thomas Cook flights from the UK.

“Anyone booked to travel with Thomas Cook should visit thomascook.caa.co.uk or call 0300 303 2800 from within the UK or +44 1753 330330 from overseas.”

The CAA said in a statement: “All Thomas Cook bookings, including flights and holidays, have now been cancelled. There are currently more than 150,000 Thomas Cook customers abroad, almost twice the number that were repatriated following the failure of Monarch.

“We know that a company with such long-standing history ceasing trading will be very distressing for its customers and employees and our thoughts are with everyone affected by this news.”

The group’s four airlines will be grounded and its 21,000 employees in 16 countries, including 9,000 in the UK, will be left unemployed.

The company also operated around 600 UK high street stores.

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