UK Civil Aviation Authority launched largest peacetime repatriation ‘Operation Matterhorn’ on 23 September 2019 to bring more than 150,000 people back to the UK.
- More than 130 aircraft have been used as part of the Matterhorn fleet
- Yesterday, 42 flights operated to bring back around 6,500 passengers
- Over 127,000 flown back to UK in the first ten days of the operation
- About 94% of people have flown back on the original days of their cancelled Thomas Cook flight
- 25 flights are scheduled to operate today, 3 October, returning another 5,000 people
- Operation Matterhorn continues until Sunday 6 October.
Richard Moriarty, Chief Executive at the UK Civil Aviation Authority, said: “The CAA continues to work around the clock to deliver our two-week flying programme to bring more than 150,000 people back to the UK. At the same time, we are focussed on refunding the 360,000 ATOL protected future bookings as quickly as possible."
“With just four days until the end of our flight programme and 19,000 people left to bring back to the UK, we are beginning to combine more Thomas Cook flights into single CAA flights. We are sorry that, for some passengers, this means they will not arrive at the UK airport they had originally booked to return to. For these flights, the CAA will be on hand when they land to help them with their onward journeys.”