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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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