Thousands of UK tourists stranded as Monarch Airline goes bust

Katrina Barker
October 5, 2017

Britain's Monarch Airlines has gone into administration and all flights have been cancelled with 110,000 passengers now overseas, the Civil Aviation Authority said Monday.

It said that as of Monday, "all future holidays and flights provided by these companies have been canceled and are no longer operating". Coupled with this, the Civil Aviation Authority reported that the government asked it to rent more than 30 aircraft to United Kingdom to return back more than 110,000 Monarch customers now overseas.

The British Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) president, Deidre Hutton, said it had chartered aircraft for the next two weeks to get all those affected back home.

The government has launched its biggest ever peacetime repatriation operation to fly the stranded passengers back to the United Kingdom at no cost to them.

A notice for Monarch Airlines passengers is seen at London's Gatwick Airport.

Monarch customers in the United Kingdom have been advised not to go to the airport as there will be no more Monarch flights operating.

The holiday airline Monarch has stopped all its flights and holidays with immediate effect after going into administration.

Monarch, founded in 1968, employs about 2,500 people and is made up of a scheduled airline, tour operator and an engineering division.

Money reports that some 300,000 future bookings have also been scrapped, while the U.K.'s Civil Aviation Authority scrambles to facilitate what it has called "the biggest ever United Kingdom airline failure".

"We understand this will be a hard time for customers whose travel plans have been disrupted and we are providing information and assistance to those who have already travelled to the airport for flights that had been due to depart today".

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".

Monarch Airlines was the longest-running United Kingdom airline until today's announcement. "I am so sorry that thousands now face a canceled holiday or trip, possible delays getting home and huge inconvenience as a result of our failure".

We'd also like to hear from people who work for Monarch and what the administration means for them.

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