Hays Travel, which took on 2,000 former Thomas Cook employees when it went bust in October last year, has begun consultation on as many as 878 job losses out of 4,500 employees as the tourism sector continues to battle the Covid-19 pandemic.

The company has “made every possible effort” to protect the jobs of all the staff, but cuts are even more likely following a government decision to reimpose quarantine on those returning from Spain.

Experienced travel sales staff, apprentices and other head office staff are not affected, and although 2020 “looked really bad,” bookings for 2021 are already up on the same period in 2019.

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