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Special helplines have been set up to support customers affected by the collapse of airline Monarch.Read the full story ›
Monarch customers have been forced to scramble for flights after the airline's collapse into administration disrupted holiday plans.
A Lithuanian couple on their honeymoon were among passengers who arrived at Luton Airport this morning to find their flight had been cancelled.
Vilius Linkunaitis, 31, said he and his new wife, Zivile Rakauskaite, 32, felt "stranded" and "lost" after learning they would not be able to fly. The couple, who married just days ago, had flown to London from Riga, Latvia, and were due to travel on to Malaga in Spain for the end of their honeymoon.
They said Monarch was not answering its phones. He said he had been told by airport staff to go online to find the cheapest seats on an alternative flight.
"We feel very stranded and just lost and I don't know what to do now."
Karen Patrick, from Northamptonshire, was due to fly with Monarch Airlines to Rome with relatives who are visiting from the United States.
The 53-year-old said fights with alternative operators were "going so quickly" as the group tried to work out what to do. She said: "We just could not believe it and we have our relatives who have come from America too. It's just unbelievable."
The group only discovered that travel with Monarch had been suspended when they arrived at Luton Airport. They have managed to get seats on a flight with easyJet on Tuesday and have been forced to pay for the new flights, but hope the cost will be covered by their insurance.
Ann Johnson, from Luton, said there had been a lack of information for holidaymakers. The 75-year-old, who was due to go with her husband on a one-week package holiday to Faro, Portugal, arrived at Luton airport at about 4am on Monday.
"There was no notice up - nothing. We were just walking around looking for the check-in desk. There's no actual information desk here to go and ask anyone and no-one knows what to do. There's no-one giving out food or vouchers."
The couple have been forced to pay approximately #450 for two Ryanair flights on Monday evening, including baggage, but face a twelve-hour wait at the airport before take-off.
Monarch Airlines has ceased trading with immediate effect, meaning all flights from the UK have been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.Read the full story ›
Ryanair which operates from Stansted airport, has responded to threats of legal action from the aviation regulator by emailing customers affected by flight cancellations to clarify their rights.
The airline told passengers they can receive a refund or be transferred on to other flights or travel by trains, buses or car hire.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which on Thursday accused the Dublin-based carrier of "not complying with the law" over its handling of the fiasco, claimed the airline had "capitulated" after enforcement action was launched.
It had accused Ryanair of not telling passengers that under EU261 rules they were entitled to be re-routed by another carrier.
Ryanair's offer to passengers features several conditions, including assessing the cost of flights on other airlines "on a case by case basis" before bookings are made.
An extra 18,000 flights for the winter season were cancelled by Ryanair on Wednesday - a move that will hit 400,000 customers.
Several popular routes used by UK travellers were hit, such as Stansted to Edinburgh and Glasgow, Gatwick to Belfast, Newcastle to Faro, and Glasgow to Las Palmas.
It adds to mounting anger against Ryanair, which was already coming under heavy fire after cancelling up to 50 flights a day earlier this month.
Passengers have expressed their frustration with the airline, with many left out of pocket due to a lack of alternative flights and accommodation bookings they can no longer use.
Ryanair said the cancellations were brought about because of an error with pilot holiday rosters and insisted the latest reduction in its schedule will "eliminate all risk of further flight cancellations".
"Our job is to protect passengers' rights and ensure that all airlines operating in the UK are fully compliant with important consumer laws. Where we find that an airline is systematically flouting these rules, we will not hesitate to take action to minimise the harm and detriment caused to passengers, as we have done with Ryanair in recent days. It appears that Ryanair has now capitulated."
"We apologise again sincerely for the disruption and inconvenience our rostering failure has caused some of our customers. We have taken on extra customer service staff and are moving now to process and expedite all EU261 claims from affected customers. We are committed to processing all such claims within 21 days of receipt and hope to have all such claims settled before the end of October."
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