Monarch Airlines goes into administration

Move leaves 110,000 customers stranded overseas and about 300,000 future bookings cancelled

A note on the cessation of operation of Monarch Airlines flights is shown at Gatwick Airport, London.

A note on the cessation of operation of Monarch Airlines flights is shown at Gatwick Airport, London.

 

UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said on Monday Britain’s Monarch Airlines ceased operations with immediate effect, leaving 110,000 customers stranded overseas and about 300,000 future bookings cancelled.

“We’re sorry to announce that Monarch has suspended flights and holidays,” Monarch said on Twitter.

Tough competition in the airlines sector has been putting pressure on weaker European carriers and driving consolidation, with Air Berlin and Alitalia filing for insolvency this year and seeking new investors for parts of their business. “This is the UK’s largest ever airline to enter administration,” CAA said.

The government has asked CAA to charter more than 30 aircraft to bring back to the UK Monarch Airlines customers currently overseas, CAA said in a statement.

The government has begun the biggest ever peacetime repatriation effort to return the affected passengers, Department for Transport, Foreign and Commonwealth Office said in a statement.

Monarch said on Thursday it was talking to potential partners after a report that parts of its short-haul network would be sold.

The Commission for Aviation Regulation in the Republic said, in a statement, it is aware Monarch Airlines has cancelled flights following its entry into administration in the UK. “Passengers who had booked flights with the air carrier will be seeking clarity in relation to their rights under Regulation 261 of 2004 particular in relation to compensation, refunds, re-routing and care and assistance.

“The Commission for Aviation Regulation is the national enforcement body in relation to air passenger rights on flights departing from Irish airports. So far as the Commission is aware, Monarch Airlines had no flights scheduled to depart from Irish airports and thus the Commission has no role to play in relation to the cancellation of Monarch flights”.

Reuters

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