Thomas Cook travel chaos: firm’s collapse leaves 150,000 stranded abroad – live updates

A huge repatriation effort has begun after company ceases trading with immediate effect, causing flights to be cancelled

11.35am BST

Over in Tunisia, customers and Thomas Cook staff are facing up to the disruption together.

Until this morning Riadh Saidani was a Thomas Cook rep. He and others are now helping guests find flights.

He doesn’t know if he will he paid, but left the hotel to distribute homemade flyers with the CAA phone number on it to other hotels.

“We’ve been going to Tunisia since 1998”

“We come for the weather and the people mainly.

“It’s just such a shame that It’s been Thomas Cook. They’ve been so good over the years”

11.13am BST

Back at Mahón, Menorca, there’s little sign of progress for stranded passengers at the airport.

The departure hall is packed with tourists hoping to head back to the UK, but their flights to Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Bristol are all delayed.

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