Andrew Aitchison and Sharon Cook carefully planned every detail of their Las Vegas wedding but one detail was missing, getting the bride, groom, and esteemed guests to the venue.
“We woke up to the news on Monday, all our flights were cancelled and we weren’t going to get anything back, and that was it,” said Andrew.
Thousands of travellers just like Andrew and Sharon had to deal with their trips being cancelled after well renowned UK travel company, Thomas Cook, announced bankruptcy and closure last Sunday. Travellers from across the globe found themselves stranded or left with defunct travel plans.
“We were shell shocked. we couldn’t believe it was happening,” said Sharon. “No one can expect a company so big and so old to just be in business one day and be out of business the next day. It’s caused absolute chaos,” Andrew said.
Delta Airlines jumps in to save the day
Sharon and Andrew booked their travel tickets with Thomas Cook and now they have no possibility of getting to their wedding destination. While struggling to find a replacement plan for their wedding planned for October 2nd, they received a phone call from Delta Airlines which agreed to fly the couple out along with their entire wedding party. Delta Airlines promised a few surprises to try and make their wedding even more memorable. “It doesn’t really happen that everything is gone in a second, and then it doesn’t happen that it’s back in a second and ten times bigger than it was before,” said Andrew. Both Sharon and Andrew have expressed their excitement but also said that their hearts go out to employees of Thomas Cook who were impacted negatively by the company’s collapse.
Thomas Cook collapses and cancels all scheduled flights
Thomas Cook, one of the oldest travel firms and tour operators in the UK collapsed last Sunday night. After refusing to bail out the company, the UK government announced they will be sending planes to help get stranded persons back to the UK. Hundreds of thousands of UK residents were stuck outside of their country, leaving thousands more with spoiled travel plans.
A handful of tourists visit Las Vegas from the UK every year. Currently, around 600,000 travellers are affected by the impact of Thomas Cook’s collapse. “We couldn’t believe it, so for us, there was no communication from Thomas Cook. There was none from anywhere back in the U.K.,” said Thomas Cook customer Lyn Macdonald. “We’re lucky. We have insurance. We’ve got credit cards. But I’m sure there are thousands of people here in Las Vegas and around the world on holiday and they’re not going to be able to get back home,” added Lyn.