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Update 7pm: The Irish Travel Agents Association has said that they have received reports of a “minimal number” of Irish holiday makes being affected by Thomas Cook collapse.

The airline does not operate any flights from Ireland, but “around a dozen Thomas Cook flights have been leaving from Belfast each week over the summer and many Irish people from the north could be affected.”

Less than 50 people in Ireland were affected however, 4,500 holidaymakers in the North have been left stranded.

ITAA said that the Commission for Aviation Regulation in Ireland is continuing to monitor the situation.

It is advising any holidaymakers affected by the collapse of Thomas Cook to contact the travel agent they booked their holiday with or the UK Foreign Office.

For those overseas the contact number is +44 (0) 1753 330 330 and for anyone in the UK 0300 303 280.

The UK has begun it’s largest peacetime repatriation with some 150,000 tourists are being brought home over the next two weeks in a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) flight programme costing £100m (€113m).

Forty-five aircraft from as far away as Malaysia have been chartered to operate approximately 1,000 flights from 53 airports in 18 countries over the next two weeks.

The first rescue flight touched down at Gatwick from Split, Croatia, shortly before midday today.

Around 15,000 passengers were expected to travel on 61 flights on Monday.

Thousands of holidaymakers are coming to terms with upcoming trips abroad being cancelled following the collapse, with some set to miss holidays of a lifetime, weddings and honeymoons.

The numbers behind the Thomas Cook collapse:

  • All of the travel company’s flights have been cancelled – that means the 105 aircraft it operates have been grounded.
  • There are 600,000 Thomas Cook travellers who have been left stuck at 53 destinations in 18 countries.
  • More than 150,000 of those are British people
  • The airlift is almost twice the size of the repatriation effort required when Monarch went bust in October 2017.
  • Around 1,000 repatriation flights will be operated to the UK.
  • The final cost of the programme is expected to be around £100m (€113m).
  • Forty charter planes have been brought in from as far afield as Malaysia to assist with the

    mass airlift.
  • Only holidaymakers with return flights booked within the next two weeks, between Monday and Sunday October 6, will qualify for a free flight home, as close as possible to their original return date.
  • On Monday September 30, one week into the repatriation process, the CAA will launch a service which will seek to process all refunds within 60 days of full information being received. Further details will be given at thomascook.caa.co.uk.

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