Thousands in Cumbria and south of Scotland affected by Thomas Cook collapse
Thousands of holidaymakers in Cumbria and southern Scotland have had their holidays disrupted following the collapse of Thomas Cook.
The travel giant ceased trading at 2am this morning after failing to secure a last-ditch rescue deal needed to keep the business afloat.
It's the UK's largest peacetime repatriation, with an estimated 150,000 tourists being brought home by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in a programme costing £100 million.
The repatriation will involve flights from 53 airports in 18 countries.
Thomas Cook ceases trading and leaves tens of thousands in travel limbo
All future bookings with Thomas Cook have been cancelled which has affected around one million people across the UK.
People already abroad will be flown home as close as possible to their original return time and date.
Those who's holidays are ATOL protected will be able to get their money back - but prices have been rising for those wanting to rebook with another airline or tour operator.
We've been speaking to some holidaymakers who have queued for hours to receive advice from independent travel agents.
The travel firm employs 21,000 people in 16 countries, including 9,000 jobs in the UK.
There are ten branches located across Cumbria and southern Scotland, all of which have employees who's jobs are at risk.
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Thomas Cook customers are advised to visit the CAA's dedicated website, thomascook.caa.co.uk, for more information about what they should do next.