Government to Assist in Returning 110,000 Passengers to the UK after Monarch Airlines Collapse

The Government has confirmed that it will be offering assistance to ensure that 110,000 passengers can be returned to the UK following the collapse of Monarch, the country’s fifth largest airline. The Government said that the project was the largest peacetime repatriation of citizens in history but that it would work with ATOL to ensure a minimum of inconvenience is caused.

Chris Grayling, the Secretary of State for Transport, said:

“This is a hugely distressing situation for British holidaymakers abroad – and my first priority is to help them get back to the UK.

That is why I have immediately ordered the country’s biggest ever peacetime repatriation to fly about 110,000 passengers who could otherwise have been left stranded abroad.

This is an unprecedented response to an unprecedented situation. Together with the CAA, we will work around the clock to ensure 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”.