At the end of September, Thomas Cook files for bankruptcy. The demands of customers already amount to more than 250 million euros. Most will go out empty-handed. Consumer Protection Minister Lambrecht therefore brings a fund into play.
Consumer Protection Minister Christine Lambrecht wants to draw fast consequences from the bankruptcy of the tour operator Thomas Cook. "From the banking system, we know solutions that build on a combination of insurance and funds, and in such a system, both tour operators and customers would pay into a fund that can be used in the event of bankruptcy," the SPD politician said. image. "
According to the previous legal requirements of the bankruptcy insurer, according to the sheet only for 110 million euros stand straight. The demands of the tourists amounted to but so far already on 250 million euro, tendency rising. This means that the package travel travel insurance will become almost worthless in the case of Thomas Cook.
Package travel may become more expensive
It must be clear that a potential fund will be borne by tour operators and customers "Lambrecht continued," Package holidays may become more expensive as a result of the new levy. "In the case of a fund, small surcharges for travelers are to be expected," said the Minister.
Lambrecht also dismissed a failure of the federal government in the context of the bankruptcy of Thomas Cook in Germany. "I believe that at the time of the implementation of the directive it was impossible to foresee that this dimension would actually be damaged."
Thomas Cook, founded 178 years ago, filed for bankruptcy on September 23, followed shortly thereafter the German daughter. Apart from 22,000 employees worldwide, hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers were also affected. Britain started the largest return operation for the stranded tourists since the end of World War II. In Germany, there is still a dispute over the reimbursement of the costs of repatriation.