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Thomson will give refunds to holidaymakers who don’t want to go to Kos

People look at a car crushed under rubble near the port of Kos (Picture: AFP/Getty)

Tourists who are too scared to holiday on the island of Kos after a powerful earthquake earlier this week can get their money back.

Yesterday some families were told they would not be given any compensation, despite safety fears.

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However, Thomson Holidays have now released a statement to concerned Brits who have getaways booked on the popular island.

A spokesperson for Thomson told Metro.co.uk: ‘We can confirm that all flights to Kos will be operating as normal with the next flights scheduled to depart from the UK tomorrow.

‘Customers due to travel to Kos up to and including 23rd July can cancel their holiday without cancellation charge and will receive a full refund, or they can amend their booking to an alternative destination free of amendment fee.’

Tourists traveling to Kos can swap or cancel holidays for free after earthquake
Tourists wait outside the terminal building (Picture: LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty)

Yesterday, Kos and some areas in Western Turkey were devastated by a 6.5-magnitude earthquake.

As tourists fled the holiday destinations, the airport began limiting the number of people allowed in at any one time.

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Gary Taylor claims he was told by Thomson he should not expect the £2,800 he had paid for his Kos holiday despite his concerns about structural damage to buildings caused by the quake.

The 51-year-old from Newton Abott was reported as saying: ‘Kos is not going to be rebuilt in a week and I asked if they could guarantee me the buildings there and my hotel were structurally sound and they couldn’t.

Tourists traveling to Kos can swap or cancel holidays for free after earthquake
Tourist sleep on sun beds at a beach of the Greek island (Picture: AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

He added: ‘It’s ludicrous to send people there a week after what happened.’

Thomson added that if customers chose to go to cheaper destinations they would be refunded the difference.

The earthquake is known to have killed two people and injured around a hundred more.

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