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Thomas Cook: 16,000 passengers will return home today

The recovery program will continue until October 6th

Following the failure of Thomas Cook "Financial Times" stated that "the largest repatriation operation in times of peace" should be handled: it would involve returning about 600,000 tourists (see AVIONEWS). British Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced that today, on September 26,  more than 70 flights are scheduled to bring 16,000 people back to their destination.

The authority has also reported that over 150 crewmembers and 30% of the total number of passengers have already been returned in the first three days of the operation. The program to recovery passengers will continue until October 6 with more than 1000 flights scheduled.

To make matters worse the grounding of the B-737 MAX following the fatal accidents in Indonesia and Ethiopia (see AVIONEWS) which involves a lower number of aircraft available.

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