Jamaica close to completing repatriation of Thomas Cooke customers

Jamaica is close to completing the repatriation of Thomas Cook customers who were affected by the international tour company's recent collapse.

This is according to Tourism Minister, Ed Bartlett, who gave the Financial Report an update last night.

Thomas Cook was the oldest tour operator in the world, that was well known for its package holidays to more than 60 destinations including Jamaica.

It collapsed late last month after negotiations to raise additional funding failed.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Meanwhile, the UK Government has proposed new legislation which would allow the aircraft of  failed airlines to be used to repatriate passengers in the event of  a collapse. 

The proposal comes after the collapse of  Thomas Cook last month left a bill of  100 million pounds for repatriation of  thousands of  customers.

The UK Government has also proposed new legislation which would allow the Civil Aviation Authority to operate  the failed airlines' aircraft after they have folded.

According to reports by The Guardian newspaper, the new legislation has been proposed by transport secretary, Grant Shapps, as an expense-reducing measure which would result in significant cost savings for the taxpayer.

Currently, the Civil Aviation Authority has to go through the expensive and complicated process of chartering aircraft and crew from third parties in the event of  an airline going bust.

Aircraft of  airlines which have gone into liquidation are grounded under the current system. 

This means that, even though there are flight-ready planes and crew ready to cover repatriation flights, they cannot be used.

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