UK’s Monarch Airlines collapses - 110,000 passengers stranded

2017/10/2 11:22:31

The Civil Aviation Authority has been asked to charter 30 aircraft to bring stranded passengers home



From BBC News, Oct 2, 2017


Monarch Airlines has ceased trading and its 300,000 future bookings for flights and holidays have been cancelled, the Civil Aviation Authority has said.


About 110,000 customers are currently overseas and the government has asked the CAA to charter more than 30 planes to bring them back to the UK.


The process is the UK's "biggest ever peacetime repatriation", Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said.


Monarch employs about 2,100 people and reported a £291m loss last year.


The airline - the UK's fifth biggest and the country's largest ever to collapse - was placed in administration at 04:00 BST - a time when there were no Monarch planes in the air.


Passengers, many of whom were already at airports, were then sent text messages informing them flights had been cancelled.


In all, the 300,000 cancellations could affect up to 750,000 people.



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