Thomas Cook has collapsed, triggering the biggest ever peacetime repatriation aimed at bringing more than 150,000 British holidaymakers home.

The company, its customers and staff, had hoped for a rescue deal, but now that last hope has gone, they will be looking at the practicalities for the near future.

Will I lose my holiday booking?

Anyone who has bought a package holiday will be covered by the Air Travel Organiser’s Licence scheme (ATOL).

This means you will not be going away, but the cost of the holiday will be refunded.

There is a special website set up to explain how to make a claim. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will be launching a service to manage all refunds on Monday, 30 September, with details published in the coming days. It

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