A Ghent court had officialised the bankruptcy of 3 Belgian daughter companies yesterday: Thomas Cook België, Thomas Cook Retail and Thomas Cook Financial Services. The trustees met this morning to discuss the issue, but had bad news for employees who were hoping that the businesses could continue: 75 people have to go.
At the same time, Brussels Airlines announced that over 100 flights will be cancelled. A solution will have to be found for 3,500 passengers. "Between 10 and 31 October we are cancelling 105 flights, about 2 percent of our total number of flights. Those flights were mainly taking people travelling with Thomas Cook, and these seats would have been empty," explains Kim Daenen of Brussels Airlines.
Other passengers are losing their flight as a result. "We can find them another flight, or they can opt for another destination. If these options don't work, we can reimburse them," says Kim Daenen.
This afternoon, it was confirmed that all the holidays that had been booked, will be cancelled. This is because too many suppliers have not been paid, and because the deal with Brussels Airlines has been stopped. However, all holiday-makers will be compensated through a guarantee fund.