Monarch Airlines Goes into Administration
This week it was revealed that one of the UK’s biggest airlines, Monarch had been placed into administration – signalling a huge repatriation effort in order to bring home 110,000 stranded holidaymakers.
Following the announcement, a further 300,000 future bookings with the airline have been cancelled, making this the largest financial hit to a UK airline.
The firm’s collapse also means that many passengers are now stranded around the world after being advised not to travel to the airport, as there will be no flights to take them home.
Andrew Haines, Chief Executive of the CAA, has been quoted in a well known media publication stating: “We know that Monarch’s decision to stop trading will be very distressing for all of its customers and employees.
“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 with no extra cost to them.”
The Civil Aviation Authority has been forced to intervene in order to secure a fleet of more than 30 aircrafts to bring all stranded passengers home to the UK, from more than 30 worldwide airports.
All Monarch customers who are currently overseas and are due to travel home in the next two weeks will be flown home, and will not have to cut their holiday short as a result of Monarch going into administration.
Andrew added: “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.”
However, the Government has already pre-warned passengers that they should expect delays and some level of disruption due to the collapse. Despite this, the Government has made it clear that all affected passengers will be brought home to the UK.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has been quoted in a well known media publication stating: "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."
For further information, the airline is advising all affected passengers to visit their website. If anyone needs any advice on how to claim compensation for a cancelled flight, please get in touch with on our claim handlers today by submitting a form.