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Nordic flights cleared for takeoff after Thomas Cook collapse

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Nordic flights cleared for takeoff after Thomas Cook collapse
A Thomas Cook plane at the gate at Malmö Airport. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
08:32 CEST+02:00
Swedish travel company Ving – which is owned by Thomas Cook – said its flights would take off as normal on Tuesday after thousands of people were left stranded in the wake of the latter's bankruptcy.

Ving said Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia, which is owned by the Thomas Cook Group and operates the majority of Ving's flights, would resume traffic on Tuesday after Monday's cancellations.

"If you have a booking for Tuesday, your flight will depart as normal. Should a timetable change occur, we will inform booked customers via SMS. Customers who are at their destination and are waiting for their return journey will be notified of the timetable via SMS," said Ving in a statement.

British travel giant Thomas Cook grounded its flights on Monday after going into administration, sparking the UK's largest peacetime repatriation effort to bring home 150,000 British tourists.

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Ving as a result cancelled its flights on Monday, affecting 1,706 passengers set to fly out of Sweden and 1,554 people who were to return to home. Its Nordic sister companies Spies, Tjäreborg and Globetrotter also cancelled its flights, and more than 6,000 Nordic holidaymakers were affected in total.

Customers who were left stranded abroad on Monday were on Tuesday being rebooked onto other flights, but Ving could not guarantee that they would get home that same day. Those 1,706 passengers who had to stay in Sweden on Monday will get their money back, a Ving spokesperson told Swedish media.

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The Ving Group itself has not gone into administration and will continue to operate.

Founded in 1841 to organize train journeys, Thomas Cook is the world's oldest holiday company. It has 22,000 employees around the world, 9,000 in the UK, and 3,000 hotels linked to the company.

 
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