Thomas Cook: Spain’s beaches deserted as thousands of Britons return to UK after collapse

By Harriet Mallinson 

SPAIN beaches and holiday resorts have been left looking like ghost towns after the collapse of Thomas Cook saw a mass exodus of British tourists. Spanish shores are now strewn with empty deckchairs and hotels face imminent closure.

This operation was the biggest peacetime repatriation since the Second World War.

Majorca is hugely popular with Britons but the cancellation of all of the business’s flights and holiday packages has ben “catastrophic” for business on the holiday island.

Jack Bate, 31, owner of the Rose and Crown pub in Cala Millor, said trade has sharply dropped this week and was “sometimes down to none,” he told the Daily Star.

Debbie Ellen, 41, owner of the Sun Deck bar in Cala Millor, told the paper: “I’m just so worried at what’s to come. I’ve got no idea what will happen. It has been the most difficult year already.”

Yesterday, 35 flights operated to bring back around 5,700 passengers while 44 flights are scheduled to operate today returning another 7,100 people.

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Richard Moriarty, Chief Executive at the UK Civil Aviation Authority, said: “Our two-week flying programme to bring home more than 150,000 people remains on course.

“However, due to the scale and complexity of our repatriation and refund operations, we would like to thank Thomas Cook customers for bearing with us throughout any inconvenience and disruption.

“We remain firmly focussed on the enormity of the challenge we still have to deliver.

“We now have 30,000 passengers left to return to the UK and are simultaneously working on the challenge of refunding the 360,000 ATOL protected future bookings as soon as possible.”

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