Monarch Airlines flights have been cancelled after it announced it had collapsed into administration
Monarch Airlines, Britain’s fifth biggest airline, and the largest to go into administration, made the announcement in the early hours of this morning.
The airline, which has its headquarters at Luton Airport, has been in talks with the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) about renewing its licence to sell package holidays.
The firm, which is chartering more than 30 aircraft over the next fortnight, had until midnight on Sunday to reach a deal with the aviation authority but failed to do so.
Travel expert Simon Calder tweeted this morning: “Monarch has closed, as of 4.13am on 2 October. Terrible news for staff and passengers. Flights from UK will not go; rescue plans in progress.”
Monarch Airlines news: Visit monarch.caa.co.uk for new flight details
Monarch Airlines announced it had collapsed into administration this morning leaving thousand of British traveler stranded abroad.
The collapse means 110,000 travellers are traded abroad and customers in the UK yet to travel have been advised not to go to the airport.
Customers abroad due to fly with Monarch in the next fortnight will be brought back to the UK at no cost to them and have been advised not to cut their stay short.
Those currently overseas should check monarch.caa.co.uk for confirmation on their new flight details.
All affected customers should keep checking monarch.caa.co.uk for more information.
The CAA has also opened a 24-hour helpline. The number to call is 0300 303 2800 from the UK and Ireland and +44 1753 330330 from overseas.
Monarch Airlines news: All affected customers should keep checking the monarch.caa.co.uk website
The CAA chief executive, Andrew Haines, said: “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.”
Monarch Airlines news: The firm had until midnight on Sunday to reach a new deal
Mark Tanzer, Association of British Travel Agents’ Chief Executive, has also added: “This will be an anxious and distressing time for Monarch staff, customers and industry colleagues.
“As the Government undertakes its programme of repatriating passengers who are overseas, ABTA will assist in whatever way we can.
“Information on our website will help customers and Members to navigate through the process of either making a claim or continuing with holiday plans.”
For those abroad on a Monarch holiday, how do you get home?