Air Malta offers to help stranded Thomas Cook tourists

Air Malta has offered to help holidaymakers left stranded in Malta following the collapse of Thomas Cook.

The island’s national airline said it had created a special ‘rescue fare’ for then travel giant’s customers.

A spokesman said: ‘Air Malta has issued a rescue fare of €50 available on its flights to Amsterdam, Brussels, Birmingham, Heathrow, Gatwick, Southend, Berlin, Bristol, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich, Paris Orly, Charles De Gaulle, Marseille, Lyon, Milan, Rome, Geneva, Zurich, and Vienna.’

More than 600 tourists currently on holiday in Malta have been hit by the collapse of Thomas Cook.

The Malta Tourism Authority and the British High Commission said they were doing everything possible to help those affected after the high street travel agent went bust on Monday morning.

Malta International Airport said a Thomas Cook flight to London Gatwick had been cancelled but the first rescue flight was scheduled for Monday evening.

Another emergency flight to Malta has been arranged for Thursday by the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority.

A £100million taxpayer-funded fleet of 40 planes is heading to resorts across Europe, America, Africa and Asia to bring 160,00 Brits home from more than 50 destinations, including Malta.

Britain’s biggest peacetime repatriation effort, codenamed Operation Matterhorn, will see around 16,000 people flown back to UK airports every day with the backlog taking a fortnight to clear.

Thomas Cook cannot bring its own customers home because it has lost its licence and insurance to fly when it went bust.

The company had 800,000 future bookings which have all now been cancelled.

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