Thousands of Britons stranded as tour firm grounded
Tens of thousands of Britons are stranded abroad after the country's third largest package holiday group went into administration.
The XL Leisure Group, which operates XL airlines, flies to 50 destinations, mainly in the Mediterranean.
All its flights have now been cancelled and its aircraft grounded.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said 85,000 people could be stranded abroad and 200,000 have made advance bookings with the company.
David Clover, a spokesman for the CAA, said it was making arrangements to help customers of the four tour companies within the XL group.
"In respect of people who are currently abroad we're making arrangements and working very closely with the travel industry to organise repatriation flights.
"Clearly though, with XL Airways no longer operating, we're having to bring in substitute aircraft to bring people home."
Scores of disappointed XL customers queued at the firm's main airport Gatwick this friday morning, one of the busiest days of the week for holiday flights.
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