Monarch Flights Cancelled As Airline Ceases Trading – hundreds of thousands without flights.
Monarch Airlines has ceased trading and all its future flights and holidays cancelled. This affects hundreds of thousands of customers. Many left distressed and angry.
About 860,000 people have lost bookings. More than 30 planes will be sent by the Civil Aviation Authority to return 110,000 holidaymakers who are overseas. The CAA airlift is the biggest peacetime airlift to bring people home
Monarch employs about 2,100 people and reported a £291m loss last year. No payout for staff.
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. The airline is the UK’s fifth biggest and the country’s largest ever to collapse.
Passengers were then sent text messages informing them flights had been cancelled. But some customers already at airports.
Comments from travellers included praise for the CAA. But on the whole concern over loss of holidays and money. In some cases travellers had to pay out more money to get to their destination. This meant doubling the cost of journey. Holiday plans on hold. Savings lost.
Jobs lost. Other airlines offering employment. But future grim. Reduction in flights.
Airline services changed. Selection gone.
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