A BRITISH woman has died after arriving at a Spanish airport to catch a rescue flight home following the closure of Thomas Cook. 

The 67-year-old collapsed in the parking zone of Reus International Airport, near Tarragona, yesterday at around noon.

A German nurse happened to be nearby and rushed to her aide but the Brit died at the scene.

Paramedics tried to revive her using a defilibrator but there was nothing they could do.

The Brit fell ill on the way to the airport, according to local reports.

It is not known where she was flying to in the UK and whether she was flying alone or with friends or family.

However three rescue flights were due to take off for Manchester, Belfast and Glasgow.

It comes after the biggest repatriation of Brits since the Second World War began on Monday following the collapse of Thomas Cook.

The rescue operation is expected to last until October 6 with some 150,000 Britons needing brought back home.

The Manchester and Belfast flights were scheduled to leave before midday while the Glasgow flight left at 12.50pm.

The Costa Daurada is served by Reus Airport and includes the beach resorts of Salou and Cambrils.

Reus Airport has been one of the most affected by the Thomas Cook saga.

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