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'We are not happy at losing a tour operator like this'

There are also the hotels in Cyprus that were totally reliant on Cook. “There are worries that some businesses may not survive that, because there are some that were totally dependent on Cook,” Takkas said.

 

For them – and many other hoteliers – the challenge now will be to find tour operators to fill the void left by Cook, although this of course will make the market less competitive and may leave hotels at the mercy of the remaining “big boys” who may choose to bring rates down.

 

“We are not happy at losing a tour operator like this. Thomas Cook was a key player. We want a plethora of tour operators in the market because that creates a healthy market,” Takkas pointed out.

 

He revealed he had already had conversations with Tui and Jet2 about filling the gap left by Cook, but said “they hadn’t said yes or no”. “They are analysing the market,” he added.

 

And yet, Takkas said there were also opportunities. He has already signed contracts with easyJet Holidays for next year, admitting the void left by Cook could at least be a “great opportunity for easyJet Holidays to grow”.

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