Over 150,000 people to return home after Thomas Cook ceased trading

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Sep 24, 2019 (LBO) – UK Civil Aviation Authority launched largest peacetime repatriation to bring more than 150,000 people back to the UK after the UK tour operator and airline, Thomas Cook stopped trading.

On 23 September 2019, winding-up orders were made against Thomas Cook Group and associated companies and the court-appointed the Official Receiver as the Liquidator.

All Thomas Cook bookings, including flights and holidays, have now been canceled and all of Thomas Cook’s retail shops have closed.

The UK Government has asked the UK Civil Aviation Authority to launch a repatriation programme over the next two weeks to bring Thomas Cook customers back to the UK.

Due to the unprecedented number of UK customers currently overseas who are affected by the situation, the Civil Aviation Authority has secured a fleet of aircraft from around the world to bring passengers back to the UK with return flights.

“Following the very sad news yesterday, we launched at the Government’s request our operation to return more than 150,000 people to the UK,” Richard Moriarty, Chief Executive at the Civil Aviation Authority, said.

“A repatriation of this scale and nature is unprecedented and unfortunately there will be some inconvenience and disruption for customers. We want people to continue to enjoy their holiday, so we will bring them back to the UK on their original departure day, or very soon thereafter.”