Some remaining Thomas Cook passengers being brought home on special repatriation flights may not return to their original departure airport.

This is because flights are being combined as the Civil Aviation Authority’s mass rescue exercise nears its end.

Chief executive Richard Moriarty said: “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.


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“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.”

More than 127,000 Thomas Cook holidaymakers have been flown back to UK in the first ten days of the operation.

Over 130 aircraft have been chartered for the £100 million Operation Matterhorn repatriation exercise following the collapse of the travel group with 150,000 people abroad.

Around 6,500 passengers were returned from overseas airports on 42 flights yesterday (Wednesday).

A further 25 flights are due to run today to return a further 5,000 people, with the two-week operation continuing until Sunday.

About 94% of people have flown back on the original days of their cancelled Thomas Cook flight, according to the aviation regulator.

Moriarty 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.”

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