Hays Travel To Buy 555 Thomas Cook Stores Saving Thousands Of Jobs

Joshua RogersJoshua Rogers in News, UK
Published 09.10.19

All Thomas Cook shops are to be bought by rival Hays Travel in a move that could save up to 2,500 jobs.

The independent travel agent has said it will buy 555 stores and has already recruited 421 members of former Thomas Cook staff.


John Hays, who built the company over 40 years, said: “It is a game-changer for us, almost trebling the number of shops we have and doubling our workforce – and for the industry, which will get to keep some of its most talented people. Our staff were devastated to hear about Thomas Cook and we all immediately felt we wanted to help.”

Around 9,000 UK workers lost their jobs when the travel firm collapsed at the end of last month.

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“This represents an important step in the liquidation process, as we seek to realise the company’s assets,” said David Chapman, the official receiver of Thomas Cook.

More than 100 new jobs will be based at the company’s Sunderland headquarters, with the rest in shops across the UK.

However, since the announcement of its collapse, a number of company’s advertised vacancies for Thomas Cook workers.


Virgin Atlantic said it’s offering jobs: “To support any Thomas Cook Cabin Crew after the sad announcement that the company has ceased operations.”

“This opening is for current Thomas Cook Cabin Crew or Thomas Cook employees with previous flying experience only,” the job ad reads.

And saff at Thomas Cook’s biggest rival Tui also offered a helping hand.

“We are sorry to learn of the Thomas Cook UK news. We really feel for everyone affected by this announcement – customers on holiday, anyone due to travel with them and of course their employees,“the Tui Jobs Facebook page reads.


Andrew Cowan, CEO of Manchester Airport told the Manchester Evening News: “The whole of the Manchester Airport community was shocked and saddened by the news of Thomas Cook’s collapse.

“That is why we are determined to come together as an airport community, and to work with our partners in the city and wider region, to do all we can to help those who have sadly lost their jobs.

“There are so many talented and experienced people who have found themselves in this predicament through no fault of their own, so we hope this event will provide some help and support to them at this challenging time.”