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New government legislation to protect passengers from airline collapses

Government steps in to protect passengers from airline collapses Credit: PA

New government legislation will be introduced to protect passengers from airline collapses.

One hundred and fifty thousand holidaymakers were stranded abroad after the collapse of Peterborough-based company Thomas Cook.

The Government says it will reform the current system to enable airlines to be placed in special administration and allow planes to continue flying to bring every passenger back to the UK faster and without disruption.

This will mean the regulator could make use of the airline’s existing planes and crew to repatriate passengers, something which they are not currently able to do.

The Transport Secretary says being able to make use of existing assets and staff in order to get people home will help to cut repatriation costs.

We’ve seen recently the huge impact airlines collapsing can have on passengers and staff.

To bring over 140,000 Thomas Cook passengers home, the Government and UK CAA worked together round the clock and, with the support of people across the globe, carried out the biggest peacetime repatriation exercise in UK history.

I’m determined to bring in a better system to deal with similar situations in future, helping ensure passengers are protected and brought home quickly and safely.

– Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary
Thomas Cook collapsed last month after 178 years in business. Credit: PA