ORLANDO, FL. – Two charter flights will depart Orlando International Airport (MCO) today returning passengers to the United Kingdom as recovery efforts begin from the closing of Thomas Cook Airlines.
The first relief flight taking travelers back is Virgin Atlantic departing at 5:25 p.m. for Manchester, England. The second, with Atlas Air, leaves for Glasgow, Scotland, at 5:35 p.m.
Repatriation flights will continue to operate through October 6th as the British government works with Atlas Air, Virgin Atlantic and other United Kingdom carriers to assist in taking passengers back home.
Representatives from the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority have maintained close communication with the local British Consulate to ensure there is a seamless process when it comes to arranging any additional flights or scheduling charter flights during this transition. Thomas Cook no longer has staff located on-site at Orlando International.
In total, the airline had 41 flight operations scheduled between September 24 and Oct. 12 at Orlando International that have been cancelled.
Thomas Cook has served MCO since 2014, averaging between two and 16 flights per week depending on the time of year. The airline offered service to and from Orlando to destinations like Manchester, London and Glasgow.
During the last 12 months, Thomas Cook operated more than 900 flights at MCO, carrying approximately 267,000 passengers and a fleet of Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
To help impacted British citizens, the British Consulate urges passengers needing assistance to call +44-1753-330-330 or visit https://thomascook.caa.co.uk/
Basic MCO Information: With more than 49 million annual passengers, Orlando International Airport (MCO) is the busiest airport in Florida and 10th busiest in the U.S. MCO is currently engaged in a $4.2 billion Capital Improvement Program to increase capacity and enhance customer convenience.