With the news of the collapse of travel agent Thomas Cook, thousands of football fans will be desperate to find out about football packages affected. Manchester United partnered with Thomas Cook Sport for the past several years offering flight packages to their away games in Europe. This season, as confirmed by the club, Thomas Cook were in charge of travel for fans to the away games in the Europa cup. The next fixture against AZ Alkmaar in the Netherlands is the biggest affected match, with hundreds of fans booking travel with the firm.
An official statement from Manchester United said: “As soon as we were aware of their potential insolvency, we started to work through contingency plans and we will endeavor to contact affected Manchester United fans who had booked direct via Thomas Cook.”
Whilst fans will be affected in terms of the changing of flights etc, we at Truly Reds think that Manchester United will be able to arrange flights and hotels, therefore not losing out financially. In terms of tickets to the games, this will not be an issue for any fans as Manchester United ultimately control the distribution. As with all travel and tickets, it is recommended to book with credit card when making the purchase. This ensures you get a full refund should any issues arise.
The administration at Thomas Cook’s has put over 30,000 jobs in doubt after they failed to get further funding. Thomas Cook was the oldest travel agency and biggest in the UK and many have been affected by this. Thomas Cook Sport was just a small part of the company, The UK CAA are now in the process of arranging flights for the hundreds of thousands of customers currently outside of the UK. Some customers are even reporting of hotels demanding payment before they can leave as they have not been paid by Thomas Cook.
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