Monarch Airlines ceases all ops; MRO unit to go it alone

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Customers due to return on or after October 16 and have an ATOL protected holiday with Monarch Airlines or First Aviation will also have their cancelled flight rebooked.

CAA chair Deirdre Hutton said that, contrary to reports in the press, overseas passengers are not "stranded" and all customers, both on package and flight-only bookings, will be flown back over the next two weeks.

Customers shouldn't go to the airport, they should instead check monarch.caa.co.uk for confirmation of their new flight details, which the CAA says will be available a minimum of 48 hours before your original Monarch flight time. The regulator said everyone due to fly in the next fortnight would be brought back to the United Kingdom at no cost to them and that there was no need for them to cut short their stay. Around 110,000 Monarch customers are now overseas and the United Kingdom government has asked the CAA to charter aircraft to bring them back to the UK.

"Some disruption is inevitable in these extraordinary circumstances", the CAA said in another tweet. Together with the CAA, we will work around the clock to ensure Monarch passengers get the support they need.

Passengers that were booked to fly out of the United Kingdom have been advised no to travel to their respective airports as their flights will not be operating.

The collapse means 300,000 separate bookings - some for groups such as families - have been cancelled, affecting 750,000 passengers.

Monarch, which employs 2,100 people, made a £291 million loss previous year, which experts say is down to a combination of factors including a weak pound, increased fuel costs and depressed prices.

Whilst you might expect all the flight-related outrage to be directed at Monarch today (October 2), easyJet has somehow managed to stumble into the furore.

A programme has been launched to bring home thousands of passengers left stranded overseas after Monarch airlines went bust.

The CAA has secured a fleet of more than 30 aircraft, including many Airbus A320s from Qatar Airways, to fly to more than 30 airports that Monarch served to bring back stranded customers.

Monarch reported a loss of £291m for the year to October 2016, compared with a profit of £27m for the previous 12 months, after revenues slumped. The vast majority of customers due to fly on Monday are expected return by the end of the day.

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