Monarch Airlines that has been on the brink of bankruptcy previously finally entered administration earlier this morning and has ceased all flying effective October 2, 2017.
Monarch was founded in the last 1960’s and was fifth largest airline in the UK. CAA withdraw ATOL license that allowed the group sell package holidays. The airline could have theoretically continued to sell flights. UK government has instructed CAA to arrange flights back to UK for all passengers abroad until October 15.
Here’s what currently showing up on Monarch’s website:
Monarch has confirmed that the following companies have ceased trading and now entered administration:
- Monarch Airlines Ltd
- Monarch Holidays Ltd (ATOL Number 2275)
- First Aviation Ltd (ATOL Number 4888) previously trading as Monarch Airlines
- Avro Ltd (ATOL Number 1939)
- Somewhere2stay Ltd
As a result, we are sorry to inform you that, as of 2 October 2017, all future holidays and flights provided by these companies have been cancelled and are no longer operating.
This is an unprecedented situation and because there are up to 110,000 passengers abroad, the UK Government has asked the CAA to coordinate flights back to the UK for all Monarch customers currently overseas. These new flights will be at no extra cost to you.
If you are already abroad you will find all the information you need about your new flight on this website.
If you are due to depart from a UK airport with Monarch Airlines today or in the future, please do not travel to your UK airport as your flight will not be operating.
Customers already abroad
If you are currently abroad and due to return to the UK on or before 15 October 2017 we are making arrangements for you to return home to the UK on a new flight, at the end of your holiday. These new flights will be at no extra cost to you.
We will of course prioritise vulnerable passengers, including unaccompanied minors, and make sure that family groups travel on the same flights.
For further advice and details of your new flight please read I am currently abroad.
If you are currently abroad and due to return to the UK after this date, please read the additional information section.
Customers yet to travel out of the UK
We are sorry to inform you that all future holidays and flights booked with Monarch are now cancelled as of 2 October 2017.
If you are booked on a Monarch Airlines flight, please do not go to your UK airport, as your flight will not be operating.
Further information is available at I have a future booking and have not travellled yet.
CAA has leased planes from number of airlines including British Airways (who then subleased from Qatar Airways) to operate these flights back to UK to bring affected passengers back.
British Airways has the following information up on its website for flights that are operated on behalf of CAA:
Monarch had a fleet of 35 planes so it is relatively small player in grand scheme of things. It is always sad, however, to see such an old airline to go under.
I am sure that the pilots and cabin crew members will find employment from other airlines that seek to expand (Ryanair and Norwegian need pilots!).
This is a good time to remind people that it always make sense to pay using a credit card for airfare due extra protection in case of the airline collapses. The ATOL guarantee will take care of those that have purchase package holiday from Monarch. UK government has decided to pick up the bill to bring other affected passengers (flight only – no guarantee) back to UK until October 15, 2017.