Hundreds Of Jobs At Risk As Thomas Cook Plans To Axe 21 Stores

Sara C Nelson

Thomas Cook has announced plans to close 21 stores, putting 320 jobs at risk.

The travel giant said that the closures are part of plans to “streamline” its UK retail network as part of an efficiency programme and to address changing customer behaviour.

A consultation process with the affected staff and unions has begun.

Thomas Cook’s chief of tour operating Will Waggott said: “Today’s announcement reflects the wider challenges seen on the high street, with more and more customers choosing to book online.

“These measures will help us to drive greater efficiencies across Thomas Cook so that we relentlessly focus our resources in those areas that give us the greatest opportunity to make a difference to customers in our core holiday offering.

“Looking ahead, we will be working to ensure that Thomas Cook is fit for the future, putting a rigorous focus on costs in a competitive environment while giving customers more reasons to holiday with the strongest brand in travel.”