Thomas Cook to shut 200 agencies, reduce fleet by six planes


Thomas Cook Group Plc (TCG) will close about 200 of its travel agencies and reduce its aircraft fleet by six planes, the Sunday Times reported, without saying where it obtained the information.

Analysts expect the company to make “big” accounting write-downs this week and Sam Weihagen, interim Chief Executive Officer, Thomas Cook may order a review of its brand portfolio, the newspaper said. Recruiter Spencer Stuart has been appointed to find a new CEO, the paper said.

Thomas Cook will on November 24 release results of its U.K. review announced earlier this year to “refocus the product strategy in mainstream package holidays, streamline the UK airline, improve yield management and operational excellence,” according to an e-mailed statement from a public affairs company representing Thomas Cook. It didn’t comment on the number of travel offices that would be closed, according to a Bloomberg report.