The Civil Aviation Authority’s flying programme completed 61 flights in its first day of operation, returning passengers stranded by the collapse of Monarch Airlines to the UK.
In total some 11,843 passengers were flown back to the UK, from 24 destinations.
With 13 days remaining and approximately 98,000 passengers still to bring back to the UK, the CAA is working around the clock, in conjunction with the UK government, to deliver the replacement flying programme following the administration of Monarch.
The CAA plans to operate 58 flights on Wednesday, bringing over 11,000 people back to the UK.
Andrew Haines, chief executive of the CAA, said: “Our flying programme commenced early yesterday morning and we brought 11,843 people back in the first day.
“We expect to bring a further 11,647 back to the UK today.
“We recognise that this will be a concerning time for many customers and we really appreciate their support.
“I want to thank all those involved in organising this mammoth operation which has got off to a good start and to reaffirm our commitment to those passengers still abroad that we will get them back to the UK in the days ahead.
“Given the unprecedented scale of this task some disruption is inevitable.
“We thank everyone involved for their patience.”
The CAA also fielded over 13,000 calls to its newly established information line.
All future Monarch bookings, including flights and holidays, have now been cancelled following a decision by the company’s board to appoint joint administrators to the business, which has resulted in the company ceasing to trade.