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Monarch Airlines collapses - 410,000 passengers affected

Monarch Airlines have ceased trading with immediate effect, meaning all flights and holidays have been cancelled and will not be rescheduled. The airline had operated out of Gatwick Airport.

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Chris Grayling: 'biggest repatriation operation'

  • Travellers are urged to visit the airline's website monarch.caa.co.uk at least 48 hours before returning home to confirm your new flight details

The effort to return 110,000 passengers to the UK will be the country's "biggest peacetime repatriation operation", the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has said.

It comes after Monarch Airlines has ceased trading with immediate effect, meaning all flights and holidays have been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will charter more than 30 planes to bring those whose flights have been cancelled home within the next fortnight, after the airline failed to renew a crucial licence.

£70m
Monarch's profit in 2015
£60m
Monarch's loss in 2017
£100m
Monarch's projected loss in 2018

Foreign Office staff will be at affected airports to assist vulnerable British travellers with specific needs.

Holidaymakers abroad do not need to cut short their stays to return home and will incur no extra costs over the changes.

We know that Monarch’s decision to stop trading will be very distressing for all of its customers and employees."

“This is the biggest UK airline ever to cease trading, so the Government has asked the CAA to support Monarch customers currently abroad to get back to the UK at the end of their holiday at no extra cost to them."

“We are putting together, at very short notice and for a period of two weeks, what is effectively one of the UK’s largest airlines to manage this task. The scale and challenge of this operation means that some disruption is inevitable. We ask customers to bear with us as we work around the clock to bring everyone home."

“We urge people affected by the company’s collapse to check our dedicated website monarch.caa.co.uk for advice and information on flights back to the UK. It also gives information to those passengers that have future bookings with Monarch but are yet to leave the UK.”

– Andrew Haines, Chief Executive of the CAA

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