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Alert for restricted airspace - London and vicinity of Watford (Temporary) NATO and Heads of State Meeting in Watford and Head of State visit to London

https://mailchi.mp/caa/alert-for-restricted-airspace-london-and-vicinity-of-watford-temporary?e=2437c5cb26

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IATA : Competitiveness of Aviation in the Netherlands Crucial for Jobs and Prosperity

Royal Bank of Scotland IT contractor ban sparks murmurs of legal action • The Register : Contractors told they will have to use an Umbrella Company rather than their own PSC... Or go onto PAYE!

US Pilots claim Boeing dirty tricks to get Grounded MAX aircraft flying again...

https://mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN1XO0EM?__twitter_impression=true

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IATA latest update November 2019

https://go.updates.iata.org/webmail/123902/1082462951/64ed4c314a1d6f50e296d33fa680430c83e2a1af69a16e44c974f80fec57755c

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Explorer of the Seas will head for 10 metre revolving storm conditions.

Julian Bray writes: The Royal  Caribbean Cruise Ship Explorer of the Seas had it not craftily diverted to Malaga and Lisbon for two overnight stays and extended its current cruise by three days would tonight  be facing over 10 metre waves and gale force winds from four savage conveyor belt overlapping storms. The latest live update  from RCI  in Miami suggests guests will still encounter a bumpy ride but waves will be around 4. 5 metres in the middle of the Bay Of Biscay. Many guests have taken advantage of the cruise lines offer to refund any lost flights and to cover the cost of connecting flights between Lisbon and connecting airports. They have also lobbed in 12 items of laundry free per person for those running out essentials! Tonight's on board entertainment features veteran comedy turn David Copperfield in what promises to be a sell out new show filling the ships 1,200 seat main theatre...

( filed from On board the Explorer of the Seas back in the UK on Friday morning))


Explorer of the Seas cruise ship unexpectedly extends cruise by three days to beat conveyor belt of storms due to hit northern Spain, Bay of Biscay and English Channel. UK weather forecasts not reporting storm threat claim cruise holidaymakers..

The Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas has unexpectedly extended the current 10 day cruise to the Canaries by three days to take in storm protective overnight stops in both Malaga and Lisbon as to continue with its present route to Vigo and La Coruna in Northern Spain would have pitched the cruise ship directly into the path of four storms in a conveyor belt like formation.

Jim Van Fleet the Miami based Royal Caribbean weatherman has dominated the ship television channels with lurid images of major storms and waves of over 10 metres coupled with high gale force winds. They have been tracking its progress for several days.

The cruise line has opted give an extra three days cruise vacation to the thousands of Brits. enjoying life on board and has also agreed to refund any lost airfare deposits or extra car park costs. Free ship to shore telephone calls are being offered to worried guests and cut price internet deals.

Guests on board have seriously questioned why UK TV weather forecasters are not fully reporting these storms due to impact in the next few days.

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UK airlines call for renewed Government partnership to fund new clean aviation technology and sustainable fuels

Airlines UK media release

 

UK airlines invest in cleaner aircraft and carbon reduction -
call for a renewed partnership with Government to fund new clean aviation technology and sustainable fuels

 

As part of the Airlines2050 conference taking place in London today, UK airlines have renewed their calls for a renewed partnership with Government to support the aviation industry in its efforts to decarbonise by investing in the green aviation technologies of the future.    

 

Aviation is a major UK success story and connects Britain to the world, keeping families together, helping businesses thrive and increase trade. UK airlines are showing that they can deliver all these benefits sustainably.

 

Parliament has legislated to cut greenhouse gas emissions for the UK economy to net zero by 2050 and Airlines UK – the industry body – believes that through an international approach, with the right Government support, and together with substantial investment from industry, this is within reach for UK aviation by 2050.

 

Airlines are already implementing carbon reduction measures, with new initiatives and investments designed to speed up progress, but support from Government will be crucial:

 

  • Cleaner, quieter aircraft - Airlines UK members have spent billions on new aircraft, that are up to 25% more carbon efficient than those they replace.
  • Sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) –SAFs can cut carbon emissions by at least 30% by 2050, and generate thousands of new jobs in UK fuel plants. British Airways is investing $400m in such a sustainable jet fuel plant in Humberside. Airlines are calling on UK Government to provide financial support to extend, upscale, reduce costs of development and commercialise SAF.
  • Carbon Offsetting Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) – From next year CORSIA, the first worldwide agreement signed by the United Nations in 2016, will make growth in international flights carbon neutral by paying to mitigate around 2.5 billion tonnes of CO2 and generate over $40 billion for climate projects between 2021 and 2035. The UN aims to set an even more ambitious goal beyond 2035. UK Government should continue its excellent leadership role in these discussions at the UN.
  • Airspace modernisation – Bringing UK airspace into the 21st century with satellite-based navigation and direct routes can cut carbon emissions by 9 to 14%. Government should work with industry and the Civil Aviation Authority to ensure plans are delivered on time.
  • Investment in R&D – Investment in new aircraft and engine technology will be critical for delivering future hybrid-electric short-haul aircraft from 2035, and to the deployment of fully electric aircraft in the longer-term. Government should support further R&D.   

 

Tim Alderslade, Chief Executive of Airlines UK, said: "Airlines are doing everything they can to demonstrate their commitment to decarbonisation - and are making real progress, investing in hundreds of new aircraft which are up to 25% more efficient than those they replace.

 

"Through a renewed partnership between Government and industry, the UK is uniquely placed to capitalise on the opportunities of green aviation technology, whether that's more efficient engines or hybrid electric aircraft. However, these remain some years off which is why support for sustainable aviation fuels and airspace modernisation in the here and now remains so vital. 

 

"Aviation is of course an international sector and in addition to our own efforts, Governments across the globe must continue to support the UN offsetting scheme that will capture any growth in aviation from next year, and continue to work on developing a long-term target through to 2050 that crucially is consistent with limiting global temperatures to 1.5 degrees."

 

Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State for Transport, said: "The fight against climate change is the greatest and most pressing challenge facing the modern world and aviation has a crucial role to play in tackling it. This commitment by the aviation industry is very welcome and absolutely vital if we are to reduce carbon emissions.

 

"The government has recently invested £2bn in aerospace research and development and sustainable fuels, and is continuing to look for opportunities to support the creation of greener, cleaner transport."

 

Contact: Tim Alderslade – tim.alderslade@airlinesuk.org / 0758 4016925  

 

  • Airlines UK is the trade body for UK-registered airlines and other carriers with a UK operation - with members representing all sectors of the industry. Our thirteen members are: British Airways, CargoLogicAir, DHL, easyJet, Flybe, Jet2.com, Jota Aviation, Norwegian UK, Ryanair, Tui Airways, Titan Airways, Virgin Atlantic and West Atlantic.

 

Background (notes to editors):

•             The ATI Programme supports mid stage R&D projects that deliver the UK's Aerospace Technology Strategy, while boosting technology spend in the sector and securing manufacturing jobs around the UK. Funding is focused on key technologies to make aircraft quieter, more environmentally friendly and cheaper to manufacture and operate. The Government is investing £1.95 billion in aerospace R&D from 2013 to 2026, which is matched by industry bringing total R&D investment to £3.9 billion

•             Delivered by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the ICSF is a key part of the government's Industrial Strategy that focuses on the four grand challenge areas (Future of mobility, Clean growth, AI and Data, Ageing society). ISCF investment includes the Future Flight Challenge a £300m programme (including £125m of Government funding) to demonstrate novel aviation systems unlocked by electric and autonomous technologies.

•             Aviation fuel is now eligible for support under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation, and the Government is providing £22m to support the development of advanced low carbon fuels through the Future Fuels for Flight and Freight competition, which also requires matched funding from the private sector.

•             The Government has also committed to setting a clear ambition for the aviation sector and we will publish our position on aviation and climate change for consultation shortly.

 

Tim Alderslade

Chief Executive

 

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Airlines UK

the association of UK airlines

web: airlinesuk.org

twitter: @airlines_uk

tel: +44 (0)20 3709 8935

mob: +44 (0)75 8401 6925

 

With thanks to our Gold Members

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US Treasury get heavy with Turkey, financially that is!

https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm792
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UK Drivers in Europe need a sheaf of new documents post Brexit AND GB stickersbtoo!

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/driving-in-the-eu-after-brexit?utm_campaign=driving_in_eu&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=videouk

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American intelligence follows British lead in warning of serious VPN vulnerabilities • The Register Forums

https://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/all/2019/10/10/nsa_ncsc_vpn_warnings/

As if there isn't enough to worry about, with #Brexit deadline fast approaching there are now 'holes' in computer networks..... " VPN vulnerabilities "

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Brexit breakthrough contained in one simple paragraph... Hopes the UK


is this the key to getting Brexit
 over the line?

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Is this the missing BREXIT magic key to get the deal over the line?

Our picture shows A' Coruna
in Northern Spain

https://twitter.com/faisalislam/status/1182927567042629633?s=09. Will this get #Brexit over the line?

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BBC News: Aerospace industry seeks Brexit reassurance

Our picture shows parked up and grounded Boeing737max8 aircraft.
Boeing has made allegations that Airbus
has profited from substantial subsidies
over many yearsfrom the EU.

Aerospace industry seeks Brexit reassurance - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-50008268

As the brexit negitiations head for the wire there is a growing awareness, that whole areas if regulation and international co- operation will not be covered in the brexit package, writes Julian Bray.

This is particularly exposed in the aerospace and aviation sector. Put simply UK benchmarking will not automatically be recognised within the federated European Union structure. I use the word 'federated' deliberately as there are moves to create a European Army and an air defene and attack capability.

This of course goes way beyond a simple trading and co-operation arrangement, and puts any commnand structure beyond the control ot individuak EU members, as the federated model effective inserts a higher supra national control structure. Politically its seen by some as a punishment or slap in the face for the UK daring to leave the EU club and taking its sizeable financial contribution with it.

This of course will highlight the shaky financial position of the EU dubbed by many as the last of the big spenders! It also highlights the fact than no one has seen properly and independently audited financial accounts for many years. If they are produced at some time in the future its expected to disclose a few sweetheart deals amongst its main members, many of which would be abandoned or immediately shut down if the financial spotlight was turned on and the participants subjected to scrutiny.

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Boeing 737 Max8. When will it ever fly? If ever?


https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2019-10-10/getting-passengers-back-737-max-flying-after-two-fatal-accidents?_amp=true&__twitter_impression=true

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London City Airport fully functioning despite circa 100 Extinction Rebellion demonstrators staging sit in.

John Sullivan CEO London City Airport was slightly upbeat this morning, claiming that the Extinction Rebellion aim to close the airport down as part of its week long London centric disruptive activity programme had failed. His comments were premature as an elderly smartly dress protester evaded security to board a plane berating seated passengers and waving an iphone.
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Mr Sullivan claimed that anti-drone measures (see picture) were in place, but had not so far been used .
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Police boarded the aircraft (bound for Dublin) and made an arrest. Elsewhere some 30 arrests were made.  Police support being provided not by the Met but by the reputedly much tougher (and taller) #CityofLondonPolice, pictures of a demonstrator bring collar dragged along the ground by a single officer contrasts with the Met Policy of  allocating six officers to lift and carry a single demonstrator.... www.aviationtravelcomment.guru 
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Norwegian Spirit Cruise ship passengers 'mutiny'

Julian Bray writes: I've just watched passengers video footage of a so called mutiny on board the Norwegian Spirit and the live comments of a couple who left the ship, they were speaking on the BBC #Victorialive TV programme.

The 'beef' seems to be several ports of call were missed due to inclement weather, as we have had the tail end of a series of USA originated hurricanes, at one point the ship spent five days at sea.

The vacuum toilet system backed up (this often happens if the passengers are unhappy, as they deliberately stuff unsuitable detritus down the loo as a protest!) and the advertised Iceland port of call missed, again due to weather, but the company substituted with stops in Scotland and Belfast. Some stops out if season and nothing open!

Passengers complained the food was stale as the ship was five days at sea. ... Nonsense of course, as the ship will have been fully provisioned for the entire cruise at Southampton, its initial departure port..

The female complainant said the crisps were stale (!!!) and the meat over five days old! Ha Ha! I'd hope my steak had been hanging for at least 10 -15 days to bring out the flavour!

That aside the Company had only offered a 25% discount against a future cruise, when the passengers were demanding cash refunds. Sadly for the passengers, they had signed the booking contract, so in effect not entitled to a penny.

So this is where goodwill comes in, and essentially its the skills of the cruise director rather than the Captain can save the day. On this voyage the Cruise Director clearly didn't have the confidence of the passengers and the on board management failed in moving quickly enough to calm matters down and putting on a diversionary entertainment programme or concessionary drinks/ cocktail party.

The Americans also complained their passports were taken, as they sometimes are for checking then given back.

The last time I did an almost identical route, we went up to Russia St Petersberg. It was November but the ship still had complaints from some passengers who had booked balcony cabins complaining that they could not use the balcony as it was far too cold! November, Russia, cold? Who would believe it!


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Thomas Cook refunds to take up to two months reports BBC News

The sheer volume of claims and the possibility of fraudulent activity has contributed to payment delay says CAA.

Thomas Cook refunds to take up to two months - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49876407





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Thomas Cook boss 'remorse' over collapse but defends pay and bonus payments / BBCNews

The former boss of Thomas Cook (in liquidation) has blamed banks for the collape of the firm. However if Swiss born Mr Frankheimer cares to dig out his signed interim statement for last April, he will find under the heading Financial Considerations, his Board made a point of having £150-200million available during the lean low period starting in September as a requirement for getting them through the cashflow poor Winter and to settle hotelier accounts usually paid 60 - 90 days in arrears.

The banks would appear to have followed this dictat to the letter, demanding the financial cushion being in place before confirming the debt financial (overdraft) future arangement, as opposed to tipping it into the cashflow operations accounting.

In reality the independent directors and the audit committee must have realised some years ago the firm was sailing very close to the wind, and on the verge of collapse. What the Official Receiver has to do now is simply find out if at any time the firm has breached its banking covenants, misled the auditors and possibly trading whilst insolvent.

Ex staff on the other hand may be entitled to an extra 90 days salary in addition to statutory redundancy pay, as the firm at no time consulted the workfirce over redundancy arrangements as they are required to do. This is a little known legal loophole, but needs to be quickly applied as a preferential creditor. A Midlands baed law firm is putting together what amounts as a class action to recover these funds for redundant staff

Thomas Cook boss 'sorry' over collapse but defends pay and bonus - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49869183

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Sack SERCO and get in ex #ThomasCook cabin crew to run the sleeper service!!!!! Watch the on board revenues. Bar take soar! #rmt

Thomas Cook: Loyal highly professional workforce cast aside and failed by their MPs and Councillord says Julian Bray.

Julian Bray Broadcaster, Aviation Expert writes: I live in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire where today 1,200 highly professional, loyal, long service employees are facing up to an uncertain future, possible loss of homes, family break up, and scant prospects of finding employment at a salary level previously enjoyed at the liquidated firm.

14,500 Thomas Cook holidaymakers were flown home on day one of the CAA Operation Matterhorn rescue flights where 45 jumbo size jets, from various parts of the world, have been flying out empty from the UK, to pick up the 'stranded' passengers.

Strange 'wetleased' planes, pilots and crews. Gatwick bound passengers heading for Manchester, then face a bus or long taxi journey home. All very wartime 'business as usual' only it isn't.

Pilots today (Tuesday) are saying they first learned of the collapse at 1am while still in flight. But Manchester Airport bailiffs were attaching writs to grounded, anchored CTX planes at two minutes past midnight Monday morning as landing fees had not been paid !

Throughout the UK, a total of 9,000 ( 20,000 world wide...) dedicated professionals now face getting to grips with food banks, the DWP, robotic job centres, direct debits being bounced, whole communities and the local businesses that support them also facing a sudden dramatic loss of trade and revenue. All just weeks before Christmas....

Expect retail shops to close down, pubs to close, property prices to tumble, as a series of distress sales flood local estate agents. Cars on personal leases to be snatched back. Nursery places vacated. Gym memberships lapsed.

Money is going to be more than just tight.


You would expect local councillors to be at the Thomas Cook former headquarters but no. Many Labour councillors were ironically at the seaside in Brighton populating the bars and cafes singing 'Oh Jeremy Corbyn' along with the new Peterborough MP.

Peterborough staff were summoned by text mesage to attend the firms headquarters, early Monday morning. What they encountered was something out of a horror movie.

Television cameras, bright lights, photographers, journalists and some just watching. A team of hard faced black clad bouncers ( SIA security staff ) hired by the Official Receiver apponted Managers watched every move as the hapless former employees many in tears, were told to rapidly clear their desks (under surveillance) then immediately take their boxes to an exit meeting. More bouncers ensure no souvenirs were taken. The Official Receiver wants the lot, and intact.

Little was said, the scale of collapse was so big, £1.7billion of debt uncovered so far, that Thomas Cook Group with a miriad of subsidiary firms in a multiplicity of worldwide businesses was immediately dumped in the lap of the Official Receiver.

It can only be hoped that the UK Board of Directors many with foreign sounding names, and a former television executive, who amazingly managed to extract their eye-watering bonus payments before the collapse, together with the so called independent non-executive directors are thoroughly investigated and possibly charged if the firm was found to have ever been trading whilst insolvent and/or breaching bank mandates. The Travel Agents lobby Group ABTA on Monday oh so discreetly removed a former Thomas Cook director from its governing Council! The media missed that one!

The 17 banks and Institutions who traditionally offer umbrellas when the sun shines and take them away when it rains. These institutions have for years sucked out the debt interest from the firm, resulting in Thomas Cook constantly playing catch up but never really understanding the travel industry rapid move to the internet and latterly 'the cloud'. Thomas Cook still in the technology darknages had yet to discover the use of Barcodes! This is 2019 for heavens sake!

The media had been carefully drip fed the idea that a gentle liquidation and Administration and resale would follow. Nothing of the sort. No hint of 'Administration' or 'Phoenix Pre-pack liquidation' but a guillotine, all UK parts of this firm dumped along with their traumatised employees on the scrapheap. It isva raw punfeeling legal process now.

The media really does not get it. They talk of pensions, protected payments, but in reality the state payouts are minimal. Rents in this area are astronomical and many landlords have never encountered housing benefit dependent claimants.

Re-employment prospects in this City are grim. And of course the travel industry is entering the low period, very little cashflow, scraping through until January when the new trading campaigns start.

Still next week, the Peterborough City Conservative councillors will be ligging it up at the Party Conservative Conference, the media agenda will have moved on leaving 20,000 families worldwide wondering what the future holds andvwhat on earth had happened. Why them?

They say its grim up north, no, its grim everywhere for dumped unemployed Thomas Cook professionals. They deseve better but we all know there is little hope, few prospects.

On the bright side, several hedge funds broke out the champagne as they bet heavily against Thomas Cook pulling through and the punters winning billions in the process!

British Airways allegedly did well too, charging some stranded Thomas Cook pilots and crew £$10,000 for seats home from Las Vegas, however Virgin did the right thing and found crew seats for them.

Julian Bray

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Thomas Cook what is happening or not?!


Peterborough, HQ of Thomas Cook,
Saturday September 21st:

'Thomas Cook is currently trading and its lenders are urgently negotiating to secure its future'... Calm words but in reality The Thomas Cook Group is like a swan, all serene above the waterline but flapping hopelessly under the water, writes Julian Bray Aviation Operations Expert, Broadcaster and Journalist.

Simply the Group has an astronomical debt mountain, circa £6billion, and has to urgently put new financial arrangements in place within the next few days.

Sadly duff, highly alarming, information is relentlessly being peddled throughout the day by some TVNews channels, interviewing poorly briefed celeb travel content bloggers and screeching that many  thousands of British package holidaymakers will be stranded!!! The final page of your booking invoice will bear the ATOL certificate and a number.

Screech no more, enjoy your holiday, and if you paid more than £100 of the total invoice using a valid credit card, the credit card company is joined in and will refund the full amount of the TOTAL invoice! ( For the celeb. travel blogger popping up on the bulletins, the authority she could not remember is Section75 of the Consumer Credit Act).

The Monarch collapse provides a useful blueprint and the ATOL bond or levy will ensure all package holiday customers get a flight home. There are reports that some Thomas Cook aircraft are already being parked up 'out of the way' on remote airport gates or stands.

Equally other reports suggest the CAA rescue 'Ghost airline' is already shadowing Thomas Cook aircraft,  should any TC aircraft be seized by worried creditors in far off lands...

So not at all a case of being stranded, just that the aircraft might not be flagged Thomas Cook but could well be any of a dozen or so major or regional airlines with their own pilots and cabin crew.

It is however potentially a huge problem for the politicians as there is only £18 million in the ATOL bond, but a full repatriation rescue flights programme will cost some £600 million!

As its mostly calculated in US $!!

And planes for hire are still quite busy!

So you can see why it is now claimed that Thomas Cook directors this weekend are pleading with Government to magically come up with the topslice £200million! It will not have escaped your notice that it could all blow up right in in the middle of Party Political Conference season! Now a collapse of this size will stifle any Conference tittle tattle, soat or sackings.

You'll find details of the proposed initial series of deals on the Thomas Cook Group website in the media centre press release dated August 28th, but to save you the trouble,  its akin to strictly dancing on the head of a pin....

Virtually impossible, but the firm was sufficiently bullish to talk it up, existing shareholders would however be a casualty and the firm would be carved up, and control passed to a China based group.

The £900 million rescue funding offered by the Chinese would seem to have done it. However they forgot to first get the sanction ie approval of Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays and Lloyds Bank who have demanded the funding should be increased by another £200 million, essentially tonsed the Group through the lean cashflow winter and early Spring period.

Its like a stack of dominoes,  or a complex jigsaw, if one interlocked conditional deal goes over then so do the rest. The firm then without the support of creditors and banks calls in the administrators.

The key date is Friday 27th, when all the stakeholders are due to meet,  that date was fixed before, the 'unexpected' demand for an extra £200 million was revealed! So the Board could well decide the game is up and opt for administration.

Assuming the firm gets through the 27th September meeting unscathed, then the next problem will be the UK Civil Aviation Authority who must approve the renewal of the ATOL certificate. Without it, the Thomas Cook airline is grounded and cannot operate.

So that backgrounds what is going on, loyal Thomas Cook staff must be very worried, and their retired pensioners equally so. Different parts of Thomas Cook are already divided into separate legal entities. The package holiday (ATOL protected) was sold to you  by Thomas Cook Retail Ltd.

But what of the customers? So far the company is trading normally - their words not mine - but the average family or group faced with all this and politicians on an extended holiday ligging it up in seaside conferece hotels ( the hotels also possibly crefitors of Thomas Cook Group!) seemingly not giving the plight of holidaymskers a thought.

However Ugandan born solicitor Shailesh Vara MP has had words with the management and assures me he is looking out for the Peterborough based staff.


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