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2008-09-15 18:00:25

By WILLIAM TINNING THOUSANDS of British tourists were stranded at airports around the world for the third day yesterday as news broke of another British tour operator going bust. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) yesterday said it had arranged the repatriation to the UK of 22,090 customers of failed travel firm XL Leisure Group, most of whom are expected back in the country by the end of today. The aviation authority said it was trying to replicate the XL flight programme over the next...

2008-09-15 18:00:25

By JULIA HORTON THE UK package holiday and aviation industry is facing a crisis after Britain's third-largest tour operator became the latest victim of the credit crunch. Tens of thousands of holidaymakers were stranded around the world as XL Leisure collapsed spectacularly, raising fears that many customers will never see their money again. XL's shock demise was expected to put the future holiday plans of a further 200,000 people in jeopardy as the travel giant ceased trading . In...

2008-09-15 09:00:35

By Jeremy Watson HUNDREDS of passengers caught up in the XL tour company crash were last night back in Scotland as part of "the most challenging" emergency airlift ever undertaken by airlines. Two flights arrived at Glasgow Airport early yesterday morning carrying holidaymakers from Dalaman in Turkey after being switched from a grounded XL plane to Freebird, a Turkish airline. Last night, other stranded XL passengers from Tenerife were flown by Monarch Airlines into Manchester before...

2008-09-15 06:00:28

By Michael Howie Home Affairs Correspondent THE largest ever airlift of British holidaymakers stranded by a collapsed travel company was in full swing last night, as nearly 100 emergency flights were put in place to bring 22,000 people home. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) organised the repatriation of more than one quarter of the 85,000 holidaymakers who booked their foreign breaks through XL Leisure, which went bust on Friday. As another 200,000 Britons saw their holiday plans...

2008-09-15 00:00:24

Home News IN BRIEF *A second British tour operator has gone bust, it emerged yesterday, as thousands of stranded customers of the collapsed travel firm XL Leisure were being repatriated by the aviation regulator. K&S Travel told regulators that it had ceased trading on Saturday evening, leaving around 150 people marooned in the Turkish port town of Bodrum. The north London-based firm primarily organises tours to Turkey through flights chartered from Onur Air. All those affected will be...

2008-09-14 00:00:20

By Ian Griggs and Jonathan Owen Fears were growing last night that the Italian airline Alitalia would collapse, days after some 85,000 British holidaymakers were stranded abroad when the travel firm XL Leisure Tours went bust. Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian Prime Minister, rushed to consult ministers in Rome after the national carrier announced that it might be forced into liquidation. The airline's bankruptcy administrator, Augusto Fantozzi, was reported to have said flights could not be...

2008-09-13 00:00:23

By Martin Hickman Consumer Affairs Correspondent One of the biggest emergency airlifts of modern history was under way yesterday as the Civil Aviation Authority sought to help 85,000 holidaymakers stranded at resorts across the world by the collapse of XL Leisure. CAA staff were working frantically to charter jets from XL's commercial rivals to collect passengers from summer "sea and sand" destinations in the Mediterranean, southern US and the Caribbean. All 50,000 people who booked a...

2008-09-12 21:00:20

XL announced it was taking the action having failed to secure a rescue package.The group, which had still been taking bookings until recently, said it had been hit by rising fuel costs and the credit crunch.The Civil Aviation Authority and other travel companies launched a major operation to help holidaymakers stranded by the collapse.Administrators Kroll said customers who booked packages with the group's tour operators were protected by the CAA's ATOL scheme.But people who booked flights...

2008-09-12 18:00:24

THE collapse has sparked a scramble for the few remaining flights, with carriers bumping up prices. Furious XL customers besieged the firm's main airport Gatwick this morning, one of the busiest days of the week for holiday flights. Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly said everything possible was being done to get stranded holidaymakers home. She said: "The CAA have a wealth of experience in dealing with these sorts of situations and are putting systems in place to get people home, while...

2008-09-12 12:00:24

Thousands of passengers and holidaymakers are stranded abroad as the UK-based package holiday operator XL Leisure Group has gone bankrupt. The group, which operates XL Airlines, flies to destinations primarily in the Mediterranean. All its flights have been canceled and aircraft have been grounded. The travel group has blamed the economic downturn and high fuel costs for its going into administration. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has said that around 85,000 people could possibly...