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UK travel firm Thomas Cook collapses, stranding thousands abroad

London / The world’s oldest travel firm collapsed early on Monday, leaving thousands of holidaymakers stranded and thousands more at risk of losing their jobs.

Thomas Cook announced in a statement that it had gone into administration, leaving more than 150,000 customers stranded abroad and putting 22,000 at risk – almost 41 percent of those in the United Kingdom.

“Thomas Cook UK PLC and associated UK entities have entered Compulsory Liquidation and are now under the control of the Official Receiver,” the statement read. “The UK business has ceased trading with immediate effect and all future flights and holidays are canceled.”

The collapse has prompted a large repatriation operation, with the UK government and the Civil Aviation Authority hiring dozens of charter flights to fly customers home free of charge.

“We’ve got all contingency planning to make sure no one will be stranded,” Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a Saturday interview with the BBC.

Peter Frankhauser, the firm’s chief executive called the company’s collapse a “matter of profound regret.”

The company had worked throughout last week to seek a compromise that would inject an additional 200 million pounds ($250 million) to the 900 million pounds it had already agreed.

“We have worked exhaustively in the past few days to resolve the outstanding issues on an agreement to secure Thomas Cook’s future for its employees, customers and suppliers,” Frankhauser said in a statement. “Although a deal had been largely agreed, an additional facility requested in the last few days of negotiations presented a challenge that ultimately proved insurmountable.”

The firm – which operated in 16 countries and ran hotels, cruises and airlines for more than 19 million holidaymakers yearly – had been marred by large sums of debt, political uncertainty and fierce competition.

It was founded in 1841 by Thomas Cook, a cabinet maker who arranged for the firm to run local railway travel. (September 23, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)

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Principalmente, en el texto se habla... (Mainly in the text, it's talked about...)
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detalladamente de una reunión que tuvo el grupo de viajes Thomas Cook en Londres.
B
de las personas afectadas a causa de un grupo de viajes británico que ha dejado de operar.
C
de la creación del grupo de viajes británico Thomas Cook.
Question 2
En el texto se dice que... (It's said in the text that...)
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hay cientos de miles de turistas afectados por la quiebra de Thomas Cook.
B
es posible que la compañía Thomas Cook vuelva a operar en las próximas semanas.
C
se estima que hay miles de millones de turistas británicos afectados por la quiebra de Thomas Cook.
Question 3
Según el texto... (According to the text...)
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se descarta que se ponga en marcha un programa para repatriar a los turistas británicos afectados.
B
Thomas Cook quebró después de lograr un acuerdo con sus accionistas y acreedores.
C
el Gobierno británico trabaja para que los turistas británicos puedan regresar a Reino Unido.
Question 4
En el texto se dice que... (It's said in the text that...)
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más de veinte mil personas trabajaban en la compañía Thomas Cook.
B
la compañía Thomas Cook no poseía hoteles ni aviones.
C
se pide a los turistas afectados que se dirijan a los aeropuertos.
Question 5
En el vídeo se dice que... (It's said in the video that...)
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se tienen que repatriar unos ciento cincuenta mil turistas británicos.
B
Thomas Cook logró llegar a un acuerdo con la empresa china Fosun.
C
el programa de repatriación durará solo una semana.
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En el texto, 'libras' hace referencia a... (In the text, 'libras' refers to...)  
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una forma del presente del indicativo del verbo librar.
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la moneda de Reino Unido.
C
un signo del zodiaco.
Question 2
La locución 'a fin de' significa... (The expression 'a fin de' means...)  
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'para' o 'con objeto de'.
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'por último'.
C
'de ningún modo'.
Question 3
Algo 'crucial' es... (Something 'crucial' is...)  
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poco importante.
B
irrelevante.
C
decisivo.
Question 4
'Implementar' es... ('Implementar' is...)  
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impedir que algo se lleve a cabo.
B
interrumpir.
C
poner en funcionamiento algo, aplicar una medida.
Question 5
'Inevitable' significa que... ('Inevitable' means that...)  
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no se puede evitar.
B
se puede evitar.
C
es poco frecuente.
Question 6
El artículo determinado para 'repatriación' es: (The definite article for 'repatriación' is:)
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la
B
el
C
lo
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