The British Hays Travel kauft die 555 Filialen von Thomas Cook in Großbritannien

The acquisition could save more than 2,500 jobs

The independent travel chain Hays Travel reported on Wednesday that it has reached an agreement to manage the 555 old offices in the United Kingdom that Thomas Cook, the British tour operator who broke last September, reports Travelmole.

Hays Travel, based in the English town of Sunderland and with 190 offices in this country, has already hired 421 employees who worked for Thomas Cook and has also offered employment to the crew of the Thomas Cook Airlines airline.

According to the British press, a spokesman for Hays Travel says that the hiring after this purchase will allow more than 2,500 people to keep their jobs.

“This represents an important step in the liquidation process, while we seek to take advantage of the company’s assets,” said David Chapman, who manages the firm’s assets.

The company ensures that “Thomas Cook was a very dear brand that employed talented people and we hope to work with many of them.”

KPMG partner and manager of the Thomas Cook retail division, Jim Tucker said that this is an “extremely positive” result and that they are delighted to have secured this agreement.

“It provides employment opportunities for a significant number of former Thomas Cook employees while ensuring the future of many outlets throughout the United Kingdom. We are pleased to have achieved it in a short period of time and in the context of a complex process. of liquidation, “he said.

Tucker said that in the coming weeks, they will work closely with Hays Travel and the owners “to ensure a smooth transition of store ownership.”

Precisely on Tuesday the president and CEO of the WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council), Gloria Guevara announced that “a very strong operator of the United States” who did not want to reveal his name, “is considering incorporating thousands of jobs of which has left the bankruptcy of Thomas Cook to plan its expansion in Europe. ”

REPATRIATION WITHOUT PROBLEMS

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), responsible for serving customers affected by the collapse, has already completed the repatriation of the more than 100,000 people who were on vacation when the company went bankrupt on September 23.

Operation Matterhorn, the largest British repatriation campaign after World War II, ended on Monday with the return to the United Kingdom of about 140,000 travelers who were stranded around the world after the bankruptcy of the tour operator.

In the two weeks that it lasted, 746 flights were carried out from 55 different airports. Of these, 177 flights had their origin in Spanish airports, from where 33,391 tourists have moved to the United Kingdom, “without incidents or claims.”