XL wraps up Cyprus repatriation flights

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The CAA today announced that the final repatriation charter flights for tourists hit by the failure of XL Leisure Group have arrived back in the UK.

The massive repatriation effort also wrapped up in Cyprus, where flights have been leaving from Paphos and Larnaca over the past three weeks.

The flights carried the last of an estimated 83,000 customers who were returned home on 222 flights chartered to fly to 40 destinations in the 17 days since XL went bust.
The CAA said its focus was now on working to deal with refund claims from people with pre-booked Atol-protected XL holidays.

Richard Jackson, CAA director of consumer protection, said: “The task of repatriating XL customers at the end of their holidays is now by and large completed.’

Hundreds of British tourists were stranded in Cyprus after the UK’s third largest package holiday group collapsed at the start of September.

Last week the The Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) said it was focusing on two plans to cover the gap left by XL Airways.

Senior CTO officer Christos Moustras said that XL Airways was scheduled to transport some 10,000 tourists to Cyprus by the end of October.

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