Representatives of the British Consulate will be on hand at the Thomas Cook Airlines ticketing counter at Los Angeles International Airport Tuesday to assist travelers left stranded by the venerable travel company’s sudden collapse, airport officials said Monday.
The unexpected closure of the firm that has been in existence since the 1800s is believed to have left hundreds of thousands of travelers stranded at locations around the world.
Media reports out of London indicated that about 150,000 British nationals alone have been left stuck at overseas locations, prompting what’s being called the nation’s largest-ever repatriation effort. Some estimates have suggested that a total of 600,000 travelers have been caught in limbo due to the company’s collapse.
It was unclear how many of those people might be in the Los Angeles area.
According to Los Angeles International Airport, the British Consulate will have representatives on hand at the Thomas Cook Airlines ticketing counter in Terminal 6 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday to assist passengers.
According to Thomas Cook’s website, the British government and Civil Aviation Authority are “working together to do everything we can to support passengers due to fly back to the UK with Thomas Cook” between Monday and Oct. 6.