UK travel giant Thomas Cook collapses, Goa set to feel pinch

More than 600,000 vacationers who booked through tour operator Thomas Cook were on edge Sunday. (AP Photo) Tourist footfalls from the United Kingdom to Goa are expected to take a severe hit after British travel group Thomas CookNSE -2.65 % declared bankruptcy on Monday, an umbrella body of tour and travel operators said here. The 178-year-old operator had been desperately seeking 200 million pounds ($250 million, 227 million euros) from private investors to save it from collapse, but a last-ditch rescue deal failed, triggering the UK’s biggest repatriation since World…

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On board Ryanair’s first luxury jet: did it make me feel like a VIP?

As corporate jet services go, this was more prosecco class than champagne but it might take off with groups of sport fans Hen parties are among the target market for the £4,000 an hour service. Photograph: Fintan Clarke/Ryanair There is no scrum at the boarding gate and enough legroom to tap dance in. This is Ryanair, but not as we know it. With the tap of plastic champagne flutes, the Irish airline’s new corporate jet service embarked on its maiden voyage on Tuesday, with a short hop from London Gatwick…

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