Monarch Airlines has ceased trading and all its future flights and holidays have been cancelled, affecting hundreds of thousands of customers.
About 860,000 people have lost bookings and more than 30 planes will be sent by the Civil Aviation Authority to return 110,000 holidaymakers who are overseas.
Monarch employs about 2,100 people and reported a £291m loss last year. Terror attacks in Tunisia and Egypt, increased competition, and the weak pound have been blamed for its demise.
Monarch – was placed in administration at 04:00 BST – a time when the airline had no planes in the air.
Advice to Monarch customers:
§ Customers in the UK yet to travel: Don’t go to the airport, the CAA says
§ Customers abroad: Everyone due to fly in the next fortnight will be brought back to the UK at no cost to them. There is no need to cut short a stay. Those with flight-only bookings after 16 October are unlikely to have Atol scheme protection, so will need to make their own arrangements
§ Customers currently overseas should check monarch.caa.co.uk for confirmation of their new flight details – which will be available a minimum of 48 hours in advance of their original departure time
§ All affected customers should keep checking monarch.caa.co.uk for more information
§ The CAA also has a 24-hour helpline: 0300 303 2800 from the UK and Ireland and +44 1753 330330 from overseas
For more information: https://monarch.caa.co.uk/