Luton-based Monarch Airlines cancels all flights after falling into administration

Monarch which has been in turmoil for more than a year is fighting to retain its air travel operator¿s licence

Monarch Airlines went into administration Monday, cancelling flights and holidays as Britain's government worked to bring home as many as 110 000 passengers, according to messages posted on the company's Twitter feed and website.

All future Monarch flights have been cancelled, affecting an estimated 300,000 bookings, and an estimated 110,000 holidaymakers who flew away with Monarch have been left stranded overseas. The CAA has been asked by the Government to charter more than 30 air crafts to bring passengers back to the United Kingdom after the airline failed to renew a crucial licence.

We are sorry to inform you that all future holidays and flights booked with Monarch are now cancelled as of 2 October 2017.

Due to the unprecedented number of United Kingdom consumers now overseas who are affected by this airline administration, the CAA and Government are securing a fleet of more than 30 aircraft, flying to more than 30 airports, to bring 110,000 people back to the United Kingdom at no cost to them.

Travellers who are now overseas and due to return to the United Kingdom with Monarch should see www.monarch.caa.co.uk for details of new flights and these will be available at least 48hrs in advance.

Monarch, founded in 1968, flew to more than 40 destinations from five United Kingdom bases: London Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds-Bradford and Luton, where it is headquartered.

The airline said companies affected by its failure include Monarch Airlines Ltd., Monarch Holidays Ltd., First Aviation Ltd., Avro Ltd. and Somewhere2stay Ltd.

Meanwhile, all passengers who travelled to Portugal on British airline Monarch, which filed for bankruptcy on Monday, will be able to return to the United Kingdom at no additional cost regardless of their nationality.

Andrew Haines, chief executive of the CAA, said: "Our flying programme commenced early yesterday morning and we brought 11,843 people back in the first day".

The two companies had some 2,100 staff between them, and the remaining 250 or so will be assisting with the administration process and supporting the CAA's efforts to return the 110,000 customers still overseas.

He said that the Government would work "around the clock to ensure Monarch passengers get the support they need".

"Given the unprecedented scale of this task some disruption is inevitable".

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