Thomas Cook travel chaos: firm's collapse leaves 150,000 stranded abroad – live updates

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A huge repatriation effort has begun after company ceases trading with immediate effect, causing flights to be cancelled

Quite a few people tweeting in or messaging me to ask if they should still go to the airport for flights booked through Thomas Cook today.

The answer is no. All Thomas Cook flights are cancelled, British airports are starting to tweet telling people to stay home if their flight was booked through the company.

Customers currently overseas should not travel to the airport until their flight back to the UK has been confirmed on the dedicated website [which at time of writing was still down and showing an error message, but which the CAA says will work soon, keep refreshing].

Thomas Cook customers in the UK yet to travel should not go to the airport as all flights leaving the UK have been cancelled.

Important information for all Thomas Cook passengers. Further information available at https://t.co/znWmUaf9Vm or follow @UK_CAA pic.twitter.com/XDv1qkip63

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said the government had asked it to launch a repatriation programme over the next two weeks, starting on Monday and running to Sunday 6 October, to bring Thomas Cook customers back to the UK.

The CAA statement said: “Due to the unprecedented number of UK customers currently overseas who are affected by the situation, the Civil Aviation Authority has secured a fleet of aircraft from around the world to bring passengers back to the UK with return flights.

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