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Thomas Cook went bankrupt – Operation Matterhorn to bring passengers home

Flights have also taken off from Croatia, Crete and Spain this afternoon as the repatriation of 160,000 British citizens – the largest since the Second World War – gathers pace.

There were tears at Thomas Cook’s Peterborough headquarters today as 9,000 UK staff lost their jobs and were told they would not be paid this month after the world’s oldest travel operator went bust, reports the Daily Mail.

Today a £100million taxpayer-funded fleet of 40 or more planes – temporarily making it the UK’s fifth biggest airline – is heading to cities and resorts across Europe, America, north Africa and Asia to bring 160,00 Britons home from more than 50 destinations including 50,000 people in Greece, 30,000 in the Canary Islands and 20,000 in Turkey.

Britain’s biggest peacetime repatriation effort, codenamed Operation Matterhorn, will see around 16,000 people flown back to UK airports every day with the backlog taking a fortnight to clear.

Source: Daily Mail

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