Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: “The news that a large number of Thomas Cook jobs are in line to be saved by a takeover is obviously very welcome, though it is not yet clear how many of these roles will be based in the North West.
“The Greater Manchester family has worked incredibly hard in recent weeks to help all those affected by the collapse of the long-standing travel firm. Just last week, a jobs fair at Manchester Airport attracted more than 1,000 attendees and around 50 employers – it was an excellent example of how Manchester Airports Group, the Growth Company, Transport for Greater Manchester, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and others are committed to doing the right thing by those people who find themselves suddenly without work.
Mark Hughes, Chair of the GM Task Force which was set up by the Mayor of Greater Manchester in the wake of Thomas Cook’s collapse, welcomed the announcement:
“This is excellent news which will provide a much-needed lifeline to those Thomas Cook employees who worked across the company’s retail units in Greater Manchester and the North West.
However, as a major centre of airline operations there is still much for us to do to ensure that ex-Thomas Cook employees from across all areas of the business continue to get the support they need, as well as those employees within the supply chain who are starting to feel the impact - not least those employed by grounds-handling firm Aviator which recently confirmed that it anticipates ceasing all operations at Manchester Airport later this month.”
We will continue to do all we can to help – for more information and for employment support and advice former Thomas Cook employees can contact our Greater Manchester task force by calling 0161 393 6443 or visiting gmthomascook.com.