Operation Matterhorn Update

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Day two of Operation Matterhorn has now seen 130 flights deployed and repatriation of 30,000 Brits.

The operation set up to return British holiday makers back to the shores of the UK after the collapse of travel agency Thomas Cook so far is being deemed a great success.

Richard Moriarty, Chief Executive of the UK Civil Aviation Authority, said: “We have now operated over 130 flights in the first two days of this operation, returning almost 30,000 people to the UK. So far, we are flying home 95 per cent of people on their original date of departure at the end of their holiday.  I would like those remaining on holiday to enjoy the rest of their stay because we aim to also fly you home on the day when you were originally booked to fly with Thomas Cook, or very shortly thereafter. This remains a highly complex operation and I would like to thank holidaymakers for their patience as some inconvenience and disruption is likely. I’d also like to stress my thanks to the UK airline industry and our partners which have lent us incredible support for what is the UK’s largest ever peacetime repatriation.”

Operation Matterhorn is expected to take a further 12 days to complete the operation and return all those holiday makers caught up in the fiasco of the collapsed travel agency.

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