Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now A £100million taxpayer-funded operation is underway to bring 150,000 stranded Brits back to the UK after Thomas Cook collapsed. In the hours after the travel firm - which has been in operation since 1841 - ceased trading, the government has come under fire for not putting a rescue package together. And calls have been mounted for senior figures within the company to return generous bonuses as 9,000 UK workers saw their jobs wiped out. At 2am this morning, chief executive Peter Fankhauser confirmed a deal to save the struggling business could not be reached. People who are travelling on holidays that leave today have been told not go to the airport. Have you been affected by the Thomas Cook chaos? Email [email protected] Customers currently overseas should check thomascook.caa.co.uk for advice and only go to the airport once they have an alternative flight … [Read more...] about Thomas Cook collapse recap: First flights of repatriated Brits arrive home in £100m rescue
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A pilot accused of failing a breath test ahead of a flight to the US has appeared in court.Glendon Gulliver, 61, from Colorado, made no plea at Paisley Sheriff Court after being charged under the railways and transport safety act.He was held at Glasgow Airport along with another 45-year-old pilot before boarding a flight to Newark, New Jersey, on Saturday.Police Scotland said the 45-year-old had been released after questioning.The incident resulted in the United Airlines flight being cancelled.The case was committed for further examination and Mr Gulliver was released on bail. … [Read more...] about Pilot accused of failing breath test before US flight
Two United Airlines pilots have been arrested at Glasgow Airport for allegedly failing a breath test before boarding a flight to Newark, New Jersey.The men, aged 45 and 61, have not been charged but remain in custody and are expected to appear before Paisley Sheriff Court on Tuesday.Police Scotland confirmed officers were called to the airport at 07:35 BST.The men were arrested before boarding flight UA162.It was expected to take off for Newark at about 09:00 but was cancelled.United Airlines said in a statement the safety of its customers and crew was "always our top priority".Pilots jailedIt said: "We hold all of our employees to the highest standards and have a strict, no tolerance policy for alcohol."These pilots were immediately removed from service and we are fully cooperating with local authorities. "At this time, we are working to get our customers back on their journey as soon as possible."A Police Scotland spokeswoman confirmed two men, aged 61 and 45, have been arrested and … [Read more...] about Pilots arrested at Glasgow Airport before boarding US flight
WITH the French currently striking en masse, it safe to travel across Channel as havoc is wrought on the Gallic travel infrastructure? Here is everything we know. Is it safe to travel to France? According to the Foreign Office, with the current strikes in France it should be okay to travel there as long as you follow a few steps. They say the strikes will affect transport and public services - anyone travelling to France should check their planned transport routes well ahead of time. They advise to keep away from any demonstrations and follow the advice of local authorities when out-and-about. What are the French Strikes about? The French strikes have broken out following a controversial pension reform by president, Emmanuel Macron.Unions agreed to take industrial action after it was revealed that pensions in France would operate on a points system in an attempt to level out post-retirement benefits among professions. The basic idea is that employees would earn "points" for each day … [Read more...] about French strikes – Is it safe to travel to France and how will protests affect UK travellers?
A London couple who were forced to cancel a trip to Uganda after their son was unexpectedly diagnosed with hepatitis have described their incredulity after InsureandGo refused their £1,440 cancellation claim because he had a pre-existing condition: teenage acne. Tom Bennett* and family say InsureandGo, one of the biggest travel insurers, used a clause buried in its terms and conditions to say that because he was being treated for the skin condition before they bought the policy, it won’t pay the cancellation claim. The trip was cancelled because of the hepatitis, which had not been diagnosed before they bought the insurance. After taking several further weeks to re-examine the case, InsureandGo told Money it stands by the decision. It said paying out “would be highly unethical and unfair to other customers”. The Bennetts had hoped to spend August on a two-week independent tour of Uganda. After making several bookings, including the flights, in June, they did the … [Read more...] about ‘The insurer won’t pay our claim because our teenager had acne’