• UK Civil Aviation Authority launched largest peacetime repatriation on 23 September 2019 to bring more than 150,000 people back to the UK
  • Yesterday, 70 flights operated to bring back more than 14,000 passengers
  • In the first two days of our operation we have successfully flown 20% of the total number of people due to return to the UK
  • So far, we have brought over 95 per cent of people back to the UK on the original day of departure of their Thomas Cook flight.
  • Over 70 flights are scheduled to operate today, to bring back a further 16,500 people
  • Flying programme continues until Sunday 6 October with more than 1,000 flights planned
  • CAA wants everyone to continue to enjoy their holiday as we aim to bring people home on their original day of departure with Thomas Cook, or very shortly thereafter.

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”.

The UK Civil Aviation Authority's (CAA) flying programme completed 70 flights on the second day of operation, returning more than 14,000 people to the UK.  Thomas Cook customers are reminded to check the dedicated website for further information - www.thomascook.caa.co.uk

With 12 days remaining and approximately 120,000 passengers still to bring back to the UK, we are working around the clock, in conjunction with the Government and the aviation industry, to deliver the flying programme after Thomas Cook ceased trading.

On Wednesday 25 September, day three of the flying programme, we plan to operate more than 70 flights, with seats for more than 16,500 people to travel back to the UK.

Passengers in North American destinations are advised to check the website thomascook.caa.co.uk for details of how to contact British Airways or Virgin Atlantic who will book you a new seat on one of their flights.


Flying programme information:


Statistics   Day 2 - 24/09/19    Totals to date
Flights completed    70   134
Passengers returning in the UK    14,270   28,970
Unique visitors to dedicated site    217,043   2,042,209
Page views on dedicated site    1,652,295   8,497,304