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The majority of official project names used by UK government come from an authorised list which I think is controlled by the MOD.
They tend to follow themes and feature subjects that can't cause too much offence eg bird names, as in Brexit operation "Yellowhammer" or insects. It is also important that Op names arent seen to be biased. Prior to the list people chose names with little originality.and it didnt look good in court! You are issued with a name and you can't reject it and ask for another one if you don't like it, think you might struggle to spell it or get laughed at everytime you quote it!
The fact thst this has been called Matterhorn makes me think they aren't using the official list and have just come up with one themsellves, hence the problem with its previous use.

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Emma, thank you!! I wondered why in the heck Yellowhammer!!

Mystery solved.

Posted by
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Am I understanding the reports I have seen/heard that the UK government is repatriating UK citizens ( ~150k) but he other 450k of customers who are on Thomas Cook trips/holidays will be left to their own devices to find their way back to wherever 'home' is?

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Where are you seeing this Joe? I haven’t seen it anywhere and the bulletin I saw specifically said people would be returned to the UK regardless of nationality.

Posted by
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Emma, CNN reported this morning (12 hours ago so maybe old news) that UK citizens would be repatriated and anyone whose holiday originated in the UK would be returned to the UK. Everyone else, good luck!

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I honestly don't know Laurel. I've seen the 450 000 mentioned on the CNN story but not seeing it anywhere else. I'm not doubting it I just have no idea.

UK Thomas Cook customers who booked a package holiday were covered by the UK organisation ATOL. People who had just booked a flight arent covered by ATOL but the CAA and government have commited to get people back over the next 2 weeks. People who just booked a hotel through Thomas Cook don't get any help to get them back which makes sense as their flights etc already stand I "presume" if people had travelled from other countries they are covered by that countries legislation? As I said not a clue!

Posted by
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Many of the 450,000 non U.K. passengers won’t be affected, as the Indian, German, Chinese etc subsidiaries haven’t folded. As yet .........

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5887 posts

That makes sense Jennifer. It looks like slightly inaccurate reporting