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Price increases in wake of collapse 'appalling' AIRLINES.

Scottish Transport Secretary Michael Matheson has criticised airlines that have raised their prices following the collapse of Thomas Cook.

Responding to a question from Labour MSP Pauline McNeill, Mr Matheson described the price rises as "appalling".

Thomas Cook's collapse on Monday resulted in the loss of 640 jobs in Scotland and left thousands of holidaymakers having to be repatriated by the UK Government.

Yesterday the BBC reported that holidaymaker Angela Mills looked to book a replacement flight from Glasgow to Rhodes, leaving today, after the collapse of the firm.

She was told it would cost more than PS1,000 - when the price was just PS280 on Sunday night.

Families left without a holiday booked were in a "tragic situation" that some airlines were looking to "take advantage of", Ms Mills said.

Mr Matheson said: "It's appalling that any airline should be looking to exploit individuals in these difficult circumstances.

"I would ask that all airlines consider their actions in the coming weeks for those that have been adversely impacted by the demise of Thomas Cook.

"This is not an opportunity to make an extra couple of pounds out of people who are in a difficult situation."

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Publication:The Press and Journal (Aberdeen,Scotland)
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Date:Sep 25, 2019
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