The foreign secretary has made a statement: “We will wait to see and hope that it (Thomas Cook) can continue but in any event, as you would expect, we’ve got the contingency planning in place to make sure that in any worst-case scenario we can support all those who might otherwise be stranded.”
It comes after a stranger paid for a British woman on holiday in Majorca to fly home after hearing she would run out of heart medication if her return flight with Thomas Cook was cancelled amid the operator’s financial strife.
The man, named only as Colin, stepped in after he heard of Jackie Ward’s plight on a news interview from her holiday resort.
Jackie and Amy, of Newcastle, spoke to Sky News about their plight after arriving on the Spanish island last week. They booked their trip with Thomas Cook to celebrate Jackie getting the all-clear from cancer. Before Colin stepped in to help, Jackie said the holiday was ‘ruined’ by the fear she had only packed enough medication for her heart condition to last until today.
Amy fought back tears as she explained her mother’s condition was ‘life threatening’. They had been concerned their flights would not materialise as the travel agent’s crisis has worsened in recent days. Colin contacted Sky and said: ‘I have booked them flights home regardless of the airline’s outcome. ‘They will be home Monday as planned now and can relax and enjoy what’s left of the trip.’