British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledgedto get stranded British travelers home, revealing the government had rejected arequest from Thomas Cook for a bailout of around 150 million pounds. The liquidation marks the end of one ofBritain’s oldest companies which started life in 1841 running local railexcursions before it survived two world wars to pioneer package holidays andmass tourism.(Reuters) Grounded airplanes with the Thomas Cook livery are seen at the Manchester Airport, Manchester, Britain on Sept. 23. REUTERS The firm ran hotels, resorts and airlines for19-million people a year in 16 countries. It currently has 600,000 peopleabroad. LONDON – The world’s oldest travel firm ThomasCook collapsed on Monday, stranding hundreds of thousands of holidaymakersaround the globe and sparking the largest peacetime repatriation effort inBritish history.