Thomas Cook passenger dies in Spain ‘while waiting for rescue flight home’


A Brit woman thought to be among thousands of Thomas Cook passengers stranded abroad after the travel firm went bust has died while waiting for a flight in Spain, according to reports The woman, 67, is believed to have fallen ill while travelling to Reus International Airport, around 65 miles west of Barcelona, Spain, at around noon on Tuesday On arrival, the woman collapsed in the car park of the Tarragona airport. She was then assisted by a German nurse and paramedics who deployed a defibrillator but died at the scene Her cause of death is yet to be established and a post-mortem examination is due to take place tomorrow, Spanish media reported It remained unclear on Tuesday night if the passenger was travelling alone, with family or in a group, and whether was destined for the UK Spanish media said the 67-year-old was among thousands of Brits waiting to be flown home on rescue flights after travel giant Thomas Cook was sent under early on Monday morning Daily Star Online has contacted the Foreign Office for comment. The world’s oldest travel agent plunged into administration on September 23 after begging creditors and the Government for an extra £200m to keep it afloat As part of the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) rescue mission, three flights bound for Manchester, Belfast and Glasgow were due to fly stricken Brits home on Tuesday Thomas Cook’s collapse prompted the UK’s biggest-ever peacetime repatriation as at least 150,000 Brits were left stranded all over the world A further 450,000 customers of the holiday operator have been affected by the travel chaos The company’s demise also means that 21,000 jobs have been axed, with around 600 Thomas Cook outlets on high streets up and down the country closing their doors on Monday 16,800 customers on 74 flights were expected to land on Brit soil on Tuesday, the CAA said Earlier on Tuesday, Daily Star Online revealed that passengers were being sent to the wrong airports to catch flights, with some being told to “hope there is a flight home”

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