New government legislation to protect passengers from airline collapses

New government legislation will be introduced to protect passengers from airline collapses.

One hundred and fifty thousand holidaymakers were stranded abroad after the collapse of Peterborough-based company Thomas Cook.

The Government says it will reform the current system to enable airlines to be placed in special administration and allow planes to continue flying to bring every passenger back to the UK faster and without disruption.

This will mean the regulator could make use of the airline’s existing planes and crew to repatriate passengers, something which they are not currently able to do.

The Transport Secretary says being able to make use of existing assets and staff in order to get people home will help to cut repatriation costs.

Thomas Cook collapsed last month after 178 years in business. Credit: PA