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Around 20 carriers involved in Monarch repatriation

Some 20 different operators are contributing to the repatriation of passengers to the UK following the collapse of leisure carrier Monarch Airlines.

Israeli carriers El Al and Arkia, Qatar Airways, British Airways and EasyJet are among the major airlines to have been recruited to provide capacity for the UK Civil Aviation Authority's effort.

The CAA says 34 aircraft were used to perform 61 flights on 2 October, transporting over 11,800 passengers, and a similar number will be carried on 58 flights planned for 3 October.

Its flight programme will continue until 15 October. The CAA is aiming to repatriate around 110,000 passengers to the UK, and says it is "working around the clock" in co-operation with the government.

Leisure operators Air Transat, Thomas Cook, and Orbest – along with sister Evelop – are taking part in the scheme, along with such wet-lease specialists as Privilege Style, Hi Fly, Titan Airways and SmartLynx.

The CAA also lists several other carriers which, it says, are providing capacity to the "mammoth operation".

These comprise Aigle Azur, Blue Panorama, Freebird Airlines, Go2Sky, Miami Air International, Omni Air International, Orange2Fly, Plus Ultra and Wamos Air.

CAA chief Andrew Haines says the scheme has had a "good start" and that the authority is "committing" to ensuring passengers are returned to the UK "in the days ahead".

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