Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union representing civil aviation workers, today (Friday 20 September) called on the UK government to intervene and ensure the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) does not remove Thomas Cook airline’s operating licence.

The union, which represents nearly 3,000 cabin crew and engineers at Thomas Cook’s airline, stressed that airline is viable both financially and operationally and warned that the removal of it operator licence would be nothing short of ‘economic vandalism.’

Commenting Unite assistant general secretary Diana Holland said: “We are deeply concerned about the current situation at Thomas Cook, particularly any moves by the government or the Civil Aviation Authority that would lead to the business and airline ceasing to operate.

“It is clearly in the best interests of the employees, customers and the taxpayer for the airline to continue operate. This is viable, profitable business with a world class workforce. Any revoking of its operating licence would be an act of economic vandalism, the bill for which would needlessly land on the shoulders of UK taxpayers.

“We call on government ministers to secure a better outcome for the travelling public, employees and the taxpayer by not revoking or suspending the operator licence for Thomas Cook airlines. It is in their remit to do so, and it would ensure that there is the ability for the company continue as a sustainable business.”


For more information journalists only please contact Alex Flynn Unite head of media and campaigns on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869 [email protected]

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 Notes to editors 

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.