A BRADFORD couple fears they could be left stranded abroad after  the collapse of Thomas Cook.

Sid Singh, of Rooley Lane, was at the beginning of his four night stay in Mallorca with his wife when they found out the devastating news on Monday.

The couple booked a full package with the liquidated holiday firm and only flew out a day before the company went bust.

Now they have an anxious wait until Thursday to see what happens with their return flight.

Mr Singh, aged 52, said: "In myself, I’m ok.

"We’ve had no contact whatsoever at the moment. I’ve been on the website that they’ve got and put the details on there.

"All we can do is hang on.

"We don’t know when they will be able to bring us back."

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the Government have launched a repatriation programme for the next two weeks.

A dedicated website has also been set up for specific details on the programme, including advice on accommodation, and can be found here: thomascook.caa.co.uk

But, thanks to the scale of the operation there is still much confusion.

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Mr Singh said: “Once we leave the hotel, where do we go?

"No one has said anything: no reps, whether the rep will be coming or not.

"The rep is meant to come on Tuesday, but we’re just waiting.

"Our concerns are, if the rep doesn’t come, then who contacts us?

"There are other people we’ve travelled with, but they’re in different hotels, so we’re not sure what’s happening with them. There were two women from Leeds."

Thomas Cook has a long history in Bradford, operating a number of stores in the city, as well as a call centre, based in Aldermanbury, from 2000.

The latter employed over 500 people at one point, but the first signs of the company’s recent struggles began in March 2013 when call centre was closed.

Seventy-six staff members were transferred to the firm’s other local operation centre at Birkenshaw.

But that closed at the end of January 2015, while the Shipley store closed earlier this year.

That left just five branches in the area - Bradford Broadway, Cleckheaton, Ilkley, Keighley and Pudsey - until yesterday’s news.

Julie Sykes, of Fairweather Green, will now have to look elsewhere after the collapse.

The 50-year-old was due to travel to Tunisia next April, as a party of 12.

But, she admits there is some relief in the official confirmation.

She said: “In all honesty, some of the stuff I’ve been seeing over Facebook on holding people hostage put me off going anyway.

“There was nothing we could do. We couldn’t cancel the holiday.”

Only three payments had been made and Mrs Sykes had another one due this Friday.

She feels sorry for Thomas Cook and its staff, but has the greatest sympathy for those stranded abroad and added that the holiday firm should have been more responsible in letting people know about the situation.

Mrs Sykes said: “This will have spoiled their holiday while out there, not knowing how they’re getting back - flying back earlier or later than they have to do.

“Some of them, if they can’t get back for the week after, there will be some businesses that are really put out of joint here and that’s Thomas Cook’s fault really.

“Knowing there was difficulty, they should have stopped people from flying out.

“One of my friends was flown out yesterday and they’re now on the phone to family worried.

“They’re staying there a week with not knowing and not enjoying their holiday - it’s unfair.”

Mr Singh and his wife have tried to push their logistical worries to the side so they can make they can make the most of their only big holiday of the year.

He said: "It hasn’t ruined the holiday, it’s just knocked the edge off it.

"We’ll make the best of what we’re doing.

"But we’ve got to go back to reality as well and how do we do that?

"It’s something in the back of your mind - it’s there all the time.

"When we’re going somewhere, I’m fine.

"But, as soon as I get a quiet moment I’m worrying.

"Hopefully something will come of it. It’s all hopefully at the moment."

A CAA spokesman said it is trying to get people home as close to their planned dates as possible.

But, with more than 150,000 holidaymakers stranded abroad, the operation will be long-winded.

Mr Singh said: “If we get stuck out here, where do we go.

“Although we’re protected, is it for us to find out?

“If we’ve got insurance, I thought someone from there would have been in touch, because everyone in the world knows it’s going on.

“We hope they will contact us, but what happens if they don’t.

“We leave the hotel first thing in the morning. Do we go to the airport?

“We could do with finding out. The transfer is with them, so what do we do then if we can’t get there.”

“I know we’re not on our own.

“They don’t owe us anything special, but we’re still one of their customers at the end of the day.”

At Leeds-Airport (LBA), Thomas Cook flights had been cut back to just one weekly flight to Tunisia in recent years.

A spokesperson said: "Due to the small schedule, LBA only expects to have one flight impacted, which was due to end operations next week.

"Passengers booked on this flight should not travel and should consult https://thomascook.caa.co.uk/ for advice and information."

Here's a full list of Thomas Cook closures in Yorkshire: Barnsley, Bradford Broadway, Castleford, Chesterfield, Cleckheaton, Doncaster (2), Driffield, Halifax, Harrogate, Holmfirth, Huddersfield (2), Hull (5), Ilkley, Keighley, Leeds (7), Mirfield, Ossett, Pontefract, Pudsey, Richmond, Rotherham, Rothwell, Scarborough, Selby (2), Sheffield (7), Wakefield (2), York (3).