The decision has been made to allow industry and the CAA itself to use the time to focus on overcoming unprecedented challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a statement earlier, Richard Moriarty, chief executive of the UK Civil Aviation Authority, said: “This is the most challenging period for aviation and package holiday businesses we have witnessed.”
The Civil Aviation Authority will complete Operation Matterhorn today following the collapse of Thomas Cook. Since the liquidation of the company on September 23rd, the CAA has repatriated 140,000 passengers in what it brands the largest ever peacetime operation of its kind.
The Civil Aviation Authority has taken what it calls an “exceptional decision” to extend the licences of all ATOL holders that have applied to renew paperwork on October 1st - but who have not yet received their decision. Decisions will now be made on October 25th.
Operation Matterhorn completed a total of 70 flights on the second day of operation, as the CAA continues to repatriate stranded Thomas Cook customers. There are plans for 70 flights to return 16,500 people on Wednesday.
There are currently more than 150,000 Thomas Cook customers abroad, almost twice the number that were repatriated following the failure of Monarch. In response, the Civil Aviation Authority will launch a repatriation programme over the next two weeks.
As schools begin the academic year and consider organising school trips, the UK Civil Aviation Authority is warning parents and teachers to check any overseas travel is ATOL protected before booking.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority has stepped in to support holidaymakers who were booked to travel with the Holiday Place. The London-based company ceased trading earlier.