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.
Travellers looking to book their Hajj pilgrimage this year are being warned against deals that seem too good to be true. The UK Civil Aviation Authority’s campaign is working to protect travellers after an increasing trend in the sale of illegal or fake package deals.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority has revealed that the number of disruptive passenger incidents reported has remained relatively stable despite the surge in overall passenger numbers.
The CAA has moved to suspend operations of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft in UK airspace, following the lead of China, Australia and Singapore. The move follows the crash of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 operated by Ethiopian Airlines over the weekend.