Hundreds of thousands of passengers affected as airline goes bust

Marie Harrington
October 5, 2017

"This is an unprecedented response to an unprecedented situation", Mr Grayling said in a statement.

Firstly, do not go to the airport, no Monarch flights are running.

About 110,000 Brit holidaymakers are stranded overseas after UK's fifth-largest airline went bust.

For anyone who booked flights with Monarch after the 15th December a year ago, the company was not protected by the ATOL scheme, meaning customers have no grounds to claim their money back through the airline or CAA.

All Monarch customers who were due to return to the United Kingdom in the next two weeks would be flown home at no extra cost and did not need to cut short their stay, the regulator said.

Monarch's administrators, KPMG, said the collapse followed a sustained period losses as it faced "mounting cost pressures and increasingly competitive market conditions". This only occurs in the early hours of the morning.

The overnight announcement that the UK-based airline would cease operations came as a shock, prompting the company to stop selling tickets today.

With 13 days remaining and approximately 98,000 passengers still to bring back to the United Kingdom, the CAA is working around the clock, in conjunction with the United Kingdom government, to deliver the replacement flying programme following the administration of Monarch. This includes all those whose trip is not specifically covered by ATOL protection.

The CAA will announce on Monday whether or not the group are able to continue selling package holidays.

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"We'll be getting them home close to, if not at the time that they were expecting to".

Monarch airline went into administration after the CAA rejected to renew its Air Travel Organiser's Licence.

It is the UK's "biggest peacetime repatriation", according to the Government.

Passengers are advised to check the status of their flights here.

The National Civil Aviation Agency has said it is working with its British counterparts to ensure the return of passengers left stranded in the United Kingdom following the collapse of Monarch Airlines.

More than 30 aircraft have been chartered to bring customers back to the United Kingdom over the next fortnight.

That will mean the loss of 2,000 jobs, while 110,000 people have been stranded overseas.

He added: "Together with the Civil Aviation Authority, we will work around the clock to ensure Monarch passengers get the support they need". Nobody should underestimate size of challenge. At Manchester airport. No flights.

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