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More than 100,000 Monarch passengers being flown home

03 October 2017 08:38

110,000 travellers are stranded as Monarch announced its collapse

110,000 travellers are stranded as Monarch announced its collapse

A mammoth rescue operation is underway after more than 100,000 travellers have been left stranded as low-cost carrier Monarch announced its collapse.

The Luton-based airline went into administration in the early hours of Monday, October 2, prompting a rescue mission for 110,000 holidaymakers left without a return flight home.

Some 300,000 future bookings have also been cancelled and those with scheduled trips are being advised to steer clear of airports as no more Monarch flights will be leaving.

Anyone planning a holiday can take out comprehensive travel insurance, for added assurance that you will not be left out of pocket in the event your flight is cancelled.

Terrorism and price war

Monarch - which would be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018 - is blaming terror attacks and competitive market conditions on its rapid decline in profits that has forced the company into administration.

The airline's chief executive, Andrew Swaffield, has written an open letter to its staff, saying the "root cause" of hits to revenues has been the terror attacks in Egypt and Tunisia, as well as the "decimation" of tourism to Turkey.

The airline had also been struggling because of the price war in the Mediterranean, according to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Rescue mission

The CAA says all stranded passengers due to return to Britain in the next fortnight will be flown home.

"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," said CAA chief executive Andrew Haines.

"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."

Mr Haines says the operation is the UK's "biggest ever peacetime repatriation", adding that passengers will not bear the added costs of the new return flights.

Travellers will not have to cut their plans short, the CAA has said, and new flight details will be available a minimum of 48 hours in advance of customers' original departure times.