AROUND 200 Accrington workers face an uncertain future after the merger of two giant travel companies.
MyTravel and Germany's KarstadtQuelle - which owns Thomas Cook - will become an enlarged group led by a board drawn from all three companies.
It is not known if jobs will be lost at the MyTravel call centre which is based in the Globe Centre, Accrington, but nothing has been ruled out at this early stage.
It is understood staff were called to a briefing meeting on Wednesday afternoon.
It is expected that the merger will be completed by June and the parent group will be named Thomas Cook Group.
A consultation period will take place and the plans discussed further to determine how the merger will affect each region.
A spokesman for MyTravel said: "Over the coming weeks, the two companies will be working on an integration plan when they will consider all aspects of the business.
"This is a people business and therefore the impact on staff will be minimised and alternatives, such as transfers, will always be considered where possible."
The enlarged group will be 52 per cent owned by KarstadtQuelle and 48 per cent by the shareholders of MyTravel. It is expected to save £75M a year.
The deal comes after UK-based MyTravel returned to profit for the first time since 2001 in December, having cut both costs and the number of holidays sold.
MyTravel was founded in East Lancashire as Airtours and for many years had its headquarters in Helmshore before a move to Rochdale, where 1,000 people are employed. It has already been announced that the new company's headquarters will be in London.