THREE hundred people who lost their jobs when Thomas Cook collapsed have landed new roles with British Airways (BA).
The airline says it has taken on pilots and cabin crew from the failed travel giant as well as contact centre agents and apprentices – and it is still keen for more applicants to get in touch.
Thomas Cook collapsed in September after running out of money, leaving 9,000 UK workers looking for new jobs.
But BA has swooped in to offer staff a lifeline.
It comes after Hays Travel saved thousands of Thomas Cook jobs after buying the high street chain side of the business.
And it doesn't stop there. BA advises former Thomas Cook employees who are interested in joining the British flagcarrier to go to its careers page for further jobs.
The airline's head of resourcing Kay Jones-Wolsey, said: "We were all saddened to see the collapse this year of another iconic travel brand, Thomas Cook.
“While we cannot help all of Thomas Cook’s employees, I'm pleased to say that we have made job offers to 300 of them including pilots, cabin crew, contact centre agents and engineering apprentices."
She added: “It is great to welcome these dedicated and experienced professionals, who all expressed a strong desire to join the British Airways team and continue their aviation industry careers with us."
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Other airlines that have reached out with potential work opportunities are easyJet, Flybe, Tui and Virgin Atlantic.
When Thomas Cook failed after 178 years in operation, staff were not paid their September paycheck because the tour operator had entered liquidation.
The demise of Thomas Cook also sparked the biggest repatriation since World War Two with 150,000 customers needing an alternative way home.
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