Monarch goes into administration

Monarch Airlines has gone into administration, following a failure to agree a renewal of its package holiday licence with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), according to Business Traveller.

The carrier, which operated scheduled and charter flights, cancelled 300,000 bookings for future flights and holidays, affecting up to 750,000 people. Monarch employs around 2,100 people.

Around 110,000 customers are overseas and will require assistance from the CAA to return home in an operation Transport Secretary Chris Grayling described as the UK’s ‘biggest ever peacetime repatriation’.

Monarch reported a £291m loss for the year ending October 2016. In the year ending October 2015 it made a £27m profit. The administration was announced at 4:00 BST on Monday morning – at a time when no passengers were midair.

Grayling said: “Together with the CAA, we will work around the clock to ensure that Monarch passengers get the support they need. Nobody should underestimate the size of the challenge, so I ask passengers to be patient and act on the advice given by the CAA.”

The Monarch website now redirects visitors to the CAA’s page offering advice for affected consumers.