Brit couple’s £7.5k dream wedding could be ruined if Thomas Cook goes bust

Brit couple’s £7.5k dream wedding could be ruined if Thomas Cook goes bust


 A couple who are due to tie the knot in Cyprus next month are worried their big day could be ruined if Thomas Cook go into administration  Tony Harper, 27, has spent £1,500 on flights and accommodation with the travel giant and has paid another £6,000 for the wedding to his fiancée Martine Mitchell on October 2  The couple will be among thousands of holidaymakers affected if the travel agency fails to plug a £200 million funding black hole and goes bust this weekend   Tony, from Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, told Daily Star : “We have 25 guests all flying out on different days which as you can imagine has now put a massive stress on me and my wife-to-be    “We’ve heard nothing from Thomas Cook yet. I’m worried if we fly out on October 2 – my family not meant to arrive until the 6th – what if their flights are cancelled? I can’t get married without my family ”  He fears they will lose all the money they’ve spent so far and may have to cancel their big day because their wedding package is separate from Thomas Cook  Tony added that he had not received any response or updates from the agency.  If the firm collapses, it will trigger the biggest repatriation mission seen in peacetime and the Government has drawn up plans codenamed Operation Matterhorn  It’s believed around 180,000 British tourists could be left trapped abroad if it happens  Customers on package breaks are covered by ATOL and entitled to a refund or alternative But the scheme only had £170million as of March 2018, leaving the Government to make up the remainder  A spokeswoman for the Department for Transport said: “We do not speculate on the financial situation of individual businesses ”  Thomas Cook’s share price crashed by a fifth yesterday, leaving it with a value of £54million – but its website was still taking bookings The firm – which employs 20,000, including 9,000 in the UK – was on the verge of a £900million rescue led by Chinese firm Fosun at the end of August  But advisors to its 17 lenders, including Royal Bank of Scotland, and bondholders demanded it secure a further £200million buffer  Brian Strutton of the British Airline Pilots Association said: “It is appalling that banks that owe their very existence to handouts from the taxpayer show no allegiance to a great British company when it needs help ”  RBS said it has “provided considerable support and continues to work with all parties to find a resolution”

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