Following the collapse of Thomas Cook, The CAA has initiated Operation Matterhorn. This means that for the next few days at least, the CAA will have the UK’s biggest airline by passenger numbers.
Billed as the biggest peacetime repatriation in UK history, the Thomas Cook CAA repatriation project is much larger than the one conducted when Monarch Airlines went out of business two years ago.
It is worth noting that this operation only covers bringing passengers already abroad back to the UK. Flights due to depart from the UK aren’t covered.
A number of aircraft have been leased by the CAA in order to repatriate those affected. Due to operate over the next couple of days are:
|Titan||Covering most of the European flights|
|EasyJet||Providing a couple of additional flights into London Gatwick|
|EuroAtlantic||Mid-haul flights, including Hurghada, Kos and Reus|
|Nile Air||Marsa Alam - Birmingham|
|HiFly||Kos, Iraklion, Holguin, Plus others - London Gatwick|
|Miami Air||Mostly into Glasgow from Greece, but also Reus-London Gatwick|
|Eastern||Rhodes, Mahon - London Gatwick|
|Wamos||Cancun - London Gatwick, Manchester|
|Malaysia Airlines||Palma - Manchester|
|Virgin Atlantic||Additional flight between Orlando-Manchester|
|Atlas Air||New York, Orlando - Manchester
Orlando - Glasgow
In addition to these extra flights, the CAA will purchase seats on both scheduled British Airways and Virgin Atlantic flights for the repatriation effort.
For the most up to date information on the repatriation flights, see here: