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Half of 150,000 Thomas Cook passengers abroad now back in UK

Christian Fernsby |
More than half of the Thomas Cook passengers abroad at the time the company ceased trading have now returned to the UK as part of Operation Matterhorn.

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The operation, that runs until Sunday 6 October, has successfully returned around 76,000 people so far and plans to operate another 76 flights on Saturday.

The UK Civil Aviation Authority is now processing hundreds of payments to hotels hosting Thomas Cook customers so that passengers can continue to enjoy their holidays.

Any holidaymakers who have concerns about their accommodation should contact the Civil Aviation Authority call centre on +44 1753 330330.

Richard Moriarty, Chief Executive at the UK Civil Aviation Authority, said: “After five days, Operation Matterhorn has now flown home over half of the 150,000 customers who were abroad at the time Thomas Cook stopped trading.

“We aim to bring home the rest at the end of their holiday.

“An operation of this scale and complexity will inevitably cause some inconvenience and disruption and I would like to thank holidaymakers for bearing with us as we work around the clock to bring them back.

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