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Following Thomas Cook Collapse

The UK government has proposed new legislation which would allow the aircraft of failed airlines to be used to repatriate passengers in the event of a collapse. The proposal comes after the collapse of Thomas Cook last month left a £100 million bill for repatriation of thousands of customers.

The UK government has proposed new legislation which would allow the Civil Aviation Authority to operate failed airlines’ aircraft after they have folded.
According to reports by The Guardian, the new legislation has been proposed by the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, as an expense-reducing measure which would result in significant cost savings for the taxpayer.

Currently, the Civil Aviation Authority has to go through the expensive and complicated process of chartering aircraft and crew from third parties in the event of an airline going bust. Aircraft of airlines that have gone into liquidation is grounded under the current system. This means that, even though there are flight-ready planes and crew ready to cover repatriation flights, they cannot be used.

Under the new system, the Civil Aviation Authority would instead be able to use the aircraft and crew of a failed airline to bring home passengers.
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