Monarch Airlines is the UK’s largest ever airline to enter administration.  Previously, the largest ATOL company to stop trading was XL Leisure Group in 2008, which had 43,000 people abroad at the time of the administration

Monarch Airlines bookings, including flights and holidays, were cancelled on Monday morning following a decision by the company’s board to stop trading. 

Due to the unprecedented number of UK consumers currently overseas who are affected by this airline administration, the CAA and Government secured a fleet of more than 30 aircraft, flying to more than 30 airports, to bring 110,000 people back to the UK at no cost to them. This is the equivalent of operating, at very short notice, one of the UK’s largest airlines. 

Andrew Haines, Chief Executive of the CAA, said: “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. 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.  The scale and challenge of this operation means that some disruption is inevitable. We ask customers to bear with us as we work around the clock to bring everyone home.”