LONDON: The UK’s biggest peacetime repatriation operation has been launched to bring home 110,000 holidaymakers after Monarch Airlines was placed into administration, reports The Telegraph.
A total of 300,000 future bookings were cancelled as result of the firm’s collapse, the largest to hit a UK airline, and Monarch passengers were told not to go to airports because there would be no more flights.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said it was working with the government to secure a fleet of more than 30 aircraft, flying to more than 30 airports, to bring the stranded tourists back to the UK.
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“This is the biggest UK airline ever to cease trading, so the Government has asked the CAA to support Monarch customers currently abroad to get back to the UK at the end of their holiday at no extra cost to them.”
The regulator said all Monarch customers who were overseas and due to return to the UK in the next fortnight would be flown home and they did not need to cut short their holiday.
He urged affected customer to check their dedicated website, monarch.caa.co.uk, for more advice.
“We are putting together, at very short notice and for a period of two weeks, what is effectively one of the UK’s largest airlines to manage this task,” he added.
The Government warned passengers to expect disruption and delay as it works to ensure there are enough flights to return the “huge number” of passengers.