Monarch ceased trading causing the immediate cancellation of all future flights
Monarch ceased trading yesterday, causing the immediate cancellation of all future flights on the airline.
The unprecedented move has left 110,000 customers stranded abroad, and almost 800,000 people affected in total.
Nearly 2,000 people have lost their jobs, with most Monarch staff being made redundant.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is now working on the UK’s biggest ever peacetime repatriation.
Transport secretary Chris Grayling said the mission to bring holidaymakers home will cost £60 million.
Monarch Airlines news: Britons are stranded abroad as UK begins biggest peacetime repatriation
The CAA has chartered 34 planes from 16 airlines, including easyJet and Qatar Airways.
Over 11,800 people were flown home yesterday on 61 flights, according to the UK aviation regulator.
An estimated 56,000 will be flown home by the end of the week.
Mr Grayling said: “This is a hugely distressing situation for British holidaymakers abroad and my first priority is to help them get back to the UK.
“That is why I have immediately ordered the country’s biggest ever peacetime repatriation to fly about 110,000 passengers who could otherwise have been left stranded abroad.
Monarch Airlines ceased trading yesterday which caused the immediate cancellation of future flights
“This is an unprecedented response to an unprecedented situation.”
The CAA said the situation is very “distressing” for all customers and employees.
CAA Chief executive Andrew Haines: “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.
Monarch Airlines news: 110,000 passengers have been left stranded across Europe
“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.”
While stranded Britons will be flown home, many passengers will be left out of pocket.
Monarch will not repay direct bookings due to the administration process.
Customers can try to reclaim money through their credit card provider, or in rare cases, their travel insurance.
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