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Monarch Airlines ceased trading at 4AM UK time this morning

Editorial Staff

UK Airline Monarch announced at 4am UK time (3 am GMT) that it had ceased trading and all of its flights were cancelled.

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.

-- CAA

Monarch is the UK's fifth biggest airline which, to be frank, means it's a small airline. It's a low cost airline that uses the name in succession to a previous company which was a charter airline. Flying from several UK regional airports, its destinations were popular tourist spots in the Mediterranean, Canary Islands, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece and Turkey. It has 26 aircraft flying and some websites say there are others in storage.

http://www.jethros.org.uk/flee... reports that the airline was undergoing a substantial scheme of updating its fleet and switching to Boeing, with a number of aircraft due for delivery within the next few months.

There are five related companies that entered administration today:

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

The Civil Aviation Authority has issued a notice saying that anyone who is due to return to the UK on a Monarch flight should not cancel their plans but to contact the CAA for more information. Their return will be arranged without charge. However, those booked on outbound flights from the UK are not covered by the same scheme. A special webservice has been set up at https://monarch.caa.co.uk/ . The Monarch website has been disabled and attempts to access it are diverted to the CAA website.

Monarch sold package holidays. Its licence to do so was automatically suspended when it ceased trading. It follows then that bookings made prior to that time are covered by the ATOL scheme and are insured. Also, purchases by individuals using a UK credit card for a cost of more than GBP100 are covered by the Consumer Credit Act and a full refund can be claimed. However, flight-only schemes are not usually covered by the ATOL scheme.

Travellers with personal travel insurance may be covered under those schemes.