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Staff and holidaymakers devastated by Monarch collapse

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There have been emotional scenes at Monarch airlines HQ in Luton as staff tried struggled to come to term with the collapse of the airline.

Staff wept during an "emotional" meeting held hours after the company went into administration.

Hundreds of employees gathered at the airline's headquarters near Luton Airport following the announcement it would cease operating.

Staff members were seen carrying belongings out of the building in the hours afterwards and hugging one another in the car park.

Staff were seen hugging in the car park at Monarch's Luton HQ Credit: PA

The company which employs just under 3,000 people in the UK has now stopped trading. The weak pound against the dollar, terror attacks in eastern Europe and a fiercely competitive short haul market place is being blamed for its demise.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority 860,000 customers are affected by the carrier collapsing.

Some 110,000 customers overseas are being flown home in what the Government is calling the 'UK's biggest peacetime repatriation.'

Many passengers turned up at airports only to find their flights were cancelled. Credit: ITV

Many passengers turned up at airports ready to go on holiday only to find their flights were cancelled.

Some couples have had their wedding plans thrown into chaos as they struggle to find flights with other airlines for them and their guests.

Mary from Milton Keynes has been at Luton Airport since 3 o'clock this morning. She's been able to get a new flight but she's had to sit at the airport for 12 hours waiting for it

"Exhausted, exasperated, disappointed because the cut off was midnight, we were listening to the news all night, checking our phones, no information."

Mary, on the left here, had been waiting hours for news at Luton airport Credit: ITV News Anglia

"It's a sad day for all of us, because Monarch's been with us for 50 years, we know a lot of the staff, we know a lot of our clients enjoy uising monarch airlines. Fortunately we've now contacted evey single guest who is abroad, due to travel and who has a flight only and accommodation."

– Steve Pattenden/ Luton travel Agent

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