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15th September 2008 is one of several British airlines assisting the Civil Aviation Authority in what the CAA has described as its 'biggest repatriation exercise' to date.

On Saturday, two of’s Boeing 757s were involved in flights from Dalaman in Turkey to Yorkshire, and Heraklion in Crete to Manchester; meanwhile it operated two Boeing 737s from Kavala on the northern Greek mainland to Newcastle, and Rhodes to Leeds Bradford.

Sunday saw two more flights on its Boeing aircraft, from Kefalonia, also in Greece, to Leeds Bradford and a flight from Larnaca, Cyprus to Manchester.

Monday was’s busiest day so far with five repatriation flights in total:

  • Lanzarote to Manchester
  • Lanzarote to Newcastle
  • Lanzarote to Leeds Bradford
  • Corfu to Manchester
  • Kalamata in Southern Greece to Leeds Bradford boss Philip Meeson, said: “We’re doing all we can to help with passengers stranded overseas – it’s a terrible mess but the airline industry is pulling together as one to help out.

We’ve laid on 11 flights so far, and have brought home more than 2,000 stranded holidaymakers to the North of England and we will be flying more home in the coming weeks.”

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