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Cornish couple film "emotional" last Thomas Cook flight

Cornish couple film "emotional" last Thomas Cook flight

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 1:14pm 2nd October 2019.

A couple from Cornwall have shared a video of one of the last Thomas Cook flights on their way home from holiday.

Robin Lamerton and his wife, who are from the Lizard, went to Zante in Greece with two of their friends.

They flew from Bristol Airport on Saturday 21st September and were due to return back on the 28th.

But the holiday firm Thomas Cook went bust on the 23rd - leaving around 150,000 British holidaymakers abroad and needing to get home.

That is the equivalent of more than a quarter of the population of Cornwall.

Robin and his group managed to get their flight back, as now former staff volunteered to help fly the passengers back on the ex Thomas Cook plane, operated by SmartLynx airlines.

He has told Pirate FM how the flight was very emotional with several of the cabin crew in tears, and they didn't know if they'd even get paid.

One had been working for the airline for 22 years.

Watch the video from the emotional flight...

"When we arrived at Zante airport the service was better than usual. As there were several CAA employees in high vis with Union Jack flags on assisting us all. 

"The baggage check-in and issuing of new tickets was speedy. Once we boarded we had about a half hour delay. 

"The staff were amazing definitely, two Thomas Cook girls may have been three plus other cabin crew. 

"They apologised via PA that they were sorry but they had only been given water and muffins for the passengers. 

"All the normal trolleys had been removed and as we were near the front we could see the empty spaces where they had been.   

"The girls were great and crying at times, but they got a great applause several times and love from all of us passengers. And a whip-round too which included many large notes, it meant so much to them. 

"The clip is of the Captain thanking them and to remind us that they have no jobs and did not know if they would be paid for this."

Robin Lamerton, Thomas Cook passenger

360,000 more people are seeking refunds for future bookings.

The Civil Aviation Authority has launched a repatriation scheme that is estimated will cost the taxpayer £100m.

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