Former flight attendant Grace Fletcher says that she and some former colleagues will do anything to get back into aviation.
She loves her current job, helping vulnerable children in the prison service, but would do anything to “turn the clock” to spend 27 years working for Thomas Cook.
“It’s very sad when everything went down. We were like a family, our Birmingham crew, and I found that the final year without them was really difficult,” Grace says.
Thomas Cook relaunched today as a travel website, almost a year after the company’s spectacular collapse.
The last hours of working for the company were tough.
She says, “Cabin crew were searched on the final culprits and taken out like criminals.”
“It was all pretty terrible up until that time,” Grace says. “I found that after 27 years of switching on my phone and watching the headlines, I had no job.”
He and his former flight crew colleagues looked over Thomas Cook’s remains with great pity and were saddened to find that there would be no aircraft and no flight staff.
Scott Robson worked as a holiday representative at Salu and Benidorm.
He says: “It’s really good to know the Thomas Cook brand and the legacy will be carried forward in the future.”
“It is sad to know that myself and my other colleagues fought so hard to keep the company, which would not be part of this relay, but I understand that it will not or will not happen.”
He says it “slightly annoyed” him that Riley is too close to the fall anniversary.
Scott said, “I’m still upset with the events of a year ago. I’m sure my other peers do a lot.”
However, that new firm “wishes all success in the world and I hope that one day I may be able to work for the company again.”
Ross Milne, who worked for Thomas Cook for 12 years, says he is “very angry” that Thomas Cook is being relocated, “especially so close to it a year after the collapse”.
“[I] He does not want to support the company, and will use others to use the holidays, ”he says.
Betty Knight was a cabin crew for 12 years.
She says: “Although the collapse of the Thomas Cook Group was a great shock and devastation for everyone in the airline, and carried the highly profitable airline, I know that about every area of Thomas Cook Airlines In a heartbeat, the number of their employees will be back.
“They were great for work, traveling together and they were such a beloved British institution.
“It was not fair or right to know what happened, so many people were badly affected, disappointed or disappointed.
“But if Thomas Cook can slowly and surely rise again, we can turn to new circumstances to find ourselves, change, I know this hard time is a mess, astonishing 178 years. Will be inherited. Be happy to continue.
“My uniform can be ironed in an hour or two, as do thousands of my former colleagues. I wish Foso all the best.”
Amy Hench was a Thomas Cook retail business partner.
She says: “For me, I think it’s amazing that it’s relaunching and will create more jobs from the UK perspective, although I can’t help but feel a bit stigmatized the name and brand.
“I saw around the general public comments that ‘I will not make a booking with them, they discharged me when they collapsed.”
“[It’s] Sad that the launch is very close to the anniversary, but that’s exactly what it is. I wish the business well. “
Bookings for the new version of Thomas Cook will only be online without aircraft, hotels or shops.
Fully owned by China’s Fosun Tourism Group, the company is licensed by the CAA and is atoll-protected.
The company collapsed under a £ 1.7 billion loan last September, and had to bring home more than 150,000 stranded holidays.
Fosun paid £ 11m for Thomas Cook trademarks, websites and social media accounts.
The new business model will be built on commissions collected from flight, hotel and rental car transactions.
The website starts selling packages on holiday destinations in the government’s list of safe travel corridors from Wednesday.
Half of the employees will be former Thomas Cook employees who have been re-hired by Fosun.
Including several senior teams, and technical and customer support.
The employees are currently working from home. The company had rented an office space, but has found that as an online company launching in the midst of the coronavirus epidemic, housework proved to be a better option.
The collapse of the coronovirus in trade has given a major blow to tourism and the tourism industry.
Britain’s Hays Travel, which bought the bulk of Thomas Cook’s High Street outlet and took on many former employees, is cutting about 900 jobs.
And Tui, the biggest rival before the fall of Thomas Cook, received € 1.2bn (£ 1bn) as aid from the German government.