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Almost 1,900 Monarch staff made redundant

Monarch Airlines has ceased trading with immediate effect. Credit: PA

The joint administrators of Monarch Airlines Limited and Monarch Travel Group have confirmed that 1,858 employees across the UK have been made redundant.

The Luton-based carrier has gone into administration causing severe problems for thousands of air passengers.

1,760 were employees of Monarch Airlines lost their jobs, while 98 were employed by Monarch Travel Group.

Partner at KPMG and Joint Administrator Blair Nimmo said: "Shortly before the appointment of the Joint Administrators, all employees received an email from the Company confirming that it was about to enter administration. Following this, the absolute priority for me and my team was to try and make contact with all members of staff as soon as possible, in order that we could communicate what the administration means for them.

“Regrettably, with the business no longer able to fly, a significant number of redundancies were made.

“Over the coming days, my team will be doing all it can to assist the employees in submitting claims to the Redundancy Payments Office for monies owed.”

Where did it all go wrong for Monarch airlines?

Where did it all go wrong for Monarch airlines?

The Luton based Monarch airlines had been flying passengers to destinations across the world for almost 50 years.

The company was the UK's fifth largest air carrier and employed around 2,100 people across the airline and tour group.

So where did it all go wrong? Click below for a look back at Monarch as it touched down for a final time....

Hatters offer free tickets to staff & customers affected by Monarch collapse

The hatters are offering free match tickets to Monarch staff and customers Credit: ITV News Anglia

Luton Town Football Club are offering free match tickets to staff and travellers affected by the collapse of the Luton-based Monarch airlines.

In an announcement on their website, the Hatter said

"As a football club based in the heart of the community, we are always concerned to see other local businesses and their employees, many who will be Hatters supporters, suffer such misfortune"

Staff are being offered a five-match voucher so they can watch Luton Town in games at Kenilworth Road, or a family ticket (two adults, two juniors) for one game.

Customers who had tickets booked to travel with Monarch, are also being offered one match ticket in exchange per person due to travel.

For more details head to their website lutontown.co.uk

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Air cabin crew arrive at Monarch HQ in Luton to learn they've lost their jobs

Staff at the now collapsed Monarch airlines have been arriving at the firm's headquarters at Luton airport to learn they've lost their jobs.

The carrier, which was about to mark its 50th anniversary, went into administration today triggering uncertainty for customers and a huge effort to get people already on holiday back to the UK.

Monarch employs around 2,750 UK-based staff.

The company was founded in 1968 and was the UK's fifth-largest airline.

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