Published On: Wed, Sep 25th, 2019

Thomas Cook customer collapses and dies at airport waiting to take rescue flight home | UK | News

The 67-year-old collapsed in the parking area at Reus International Airport near Tarragona around midday yesterday. She was assisted by a German nurse who was on holiday but died at the scene after paramedics arrived and made an unsuccessful attempt to save her using a defibrillator when she went into cardiac arrest.

Local reports said she fell ill on her way to the airport and died while waiting to be flown home on a rescue flight organised after Thomas Cook went into administration in the early hours of Monday morning.

The collapse left around 600,000 holidaymakers including 150,000 Brits stranded around the world.

A huge repatriation operation began on Monday and is due to last till October 6.

It was not clear last night where the dead woman was due to fly to in the UK, and if she was travelling alone or with friends or family.

No-one from the airport where the incident occurred was available for comment late last night.

Three rescue flights were due to take off from Reus Airport for Britain yesterday – bound for Manchester, Belfast and Glasgow.

The Manchester and Belfast flights were scheduled to leave before midday with the Glasgow flight leaving at 12.50pm local time and arriving at its destination at 2.30pm.

The Costa Daurada, which is served by Reus Airport and includes the beach resorts of Salou and Cambrils and is close to one of Europe’s largest theme resorts PortAventura World, has been one of the most affected Spanish mainland areas by the Thomas Cook collapse.

A routine investigation into the British woman’s death is already underway.

A post-mortem examination is expected to take place later today.

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