UK travel firm Hays to buy stores from defunct Thomas Cook

Una etiqueta de equipaje de la empresa tuística Thomas Cook luce tirado en la calle fuera del aeropuerto de Cancún, México, el 23 de septiembre de 2019. El colapso de la operadora turística británica Thomas Cook y su red de aerolíneas y hoteles dejó a decenas de miles de personas varadas en el mundo.

LONDON (AP) — British firm Hays Travel says it will buy all 555 U.K. stores operated by defunct tour company Thomas Cook, which collapsed last month.

Hays says it will offer jobs to hundreds of Thomas Cook employees.

David Chapman, the official receiver handling the winding up of Thomas Cook, said Wednesday that the deal "represents an important step in the liquidation process, as we seek to realize the company's assets."

The debt-laden, 178-year-old company collapsed last month, leaving hundreds of thousands of travelers stranded around the world and 21,000 employees, including 9,000 in the U.K., facing unemployment.

Some 150,000 British travelers were flown home at government expense in the biggest repatriation effort since World War II.

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