UK airline to fly again six years after collapse stranded thousands of Brits

A UK airline is to return to the skies six years after it went bust.

Monarch Airlines once carried as many as 6.3 million passengers to 40 destinations every year, including flights from Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham airports. The firm collapsed in October 2017, bringing a curtain down on one of the country’s oldest airlines, which launched in 1967.

The collapse unfolded quite dramatically, with more than 110,000 passengers stranded abroad and hundreds of thousands of future bookings affected when the carrier was unable to renew its ATOL license.

What followed was the biggest peacetime repatriation programme at the time, costing £60million, although this was overtaken in terms of scale by the Thomas Cook collapse in 2019. Six years on, the airline looks to be working on plans to relaunch flights and holiday packages from the UK.

A new social media account for the airline tweeted: “We’re working hard building a brand new Monarch, just for you.” Another tweet said: “Monarch Airlines Limited and Monarch Holidays Limited were yesterday passed into new ownership following the exit of the companies’ founder and previous majority shareholder. More information will be forthcoming.”






Tom Payne and mum Sharon Morris
Tom Payne and mum Sharon Morris were caught up in the chaos of the collapse
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Tom Payne and mum Sharon Morris
The duo spent 60 hours getting home
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The airline has also launched a new website – letsmonarch.co.uk – along with Instagram and Twitter accounts. The new chair of Monarch, Daniel Ellingham, told trade magazine Airways he would ‘launch a new and strong company for the UK tourism sector’, adding: “There is an opportunity for newcomers such as ourselves to step up and meet demand.”

There are no current details about when they could relaunch or which airports Monarch would be looking to run flights from. However, the Sun reports the airline has already attracted investors from both the UK and the EU – and could contact the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) within weeks.

The airline cited a number of reasons for its collapse in 2017, including a fall in the value of the pound, increased fuel costs and terror fears affecting tourism in Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia. As well as popular summer holiday hotspots like Alicante and Rhodes, the airline also ran seasonal flights to Venice and Paphos.

Among those who were caught up in the chaos of 2017 were a mum and son who spent a staggering 60 hours flying home from Spain in a journey from hell.

Tom Payne, 24, had treated mum Sharon Morris to a trip to Spain to thank her for caring for her husband, and his stepdad Wayne Morris, who had recently been given the all clear following cancer treatment. But the dream holiday turned into an expensive nightmare when flight after flight was cancelled and they ended up travelling home via five different airports in three countries, spending an additional £600.

The pair started their journey home in Alicante and flew to Mallorca, then Barcelona, followed by Toulouse in France before finally landing at Luton.

The drama had begun when their flight home from Alicante in southern Spain was cancelled after Monarch Airlines went into administration earlier this month , leaving 110,000 Brits stranded abroad. Undeterred, the pair of adventurers booked themselves onto a Ryanair flight, only to be told 27 hours before they were due to take off that it had been cancelled too.

Tom and Sharon, still believing they could get home that day, then decided to fly to England via Italy, only to find that that flight was delayed by four hours as well. Happily the duo eventually managed to get home.

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