2 OCTOBER 2017


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Article from BTNews 2 OCTOBER 2017

Monarch in administration

KPMG have been appointed aministrators to Monarch Airlines Limited and Monarch Travel Group Limited.

All flights from the UK, operated by Monarch Airlines, have been cancelled and will not be rescheduled

All Monarch flights to the UK today and for the next two weeks will be replaced with alternative flights, organised by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) with assistance from the administrators

A dedicated website and two helplines have been set up for customers in the UK and customers overseas: 

Customers in the UK: 0300 303 2800 

Customers overseas:  +44 1753 330330  

https://monarch.caa.co.uk    See also https://abta.com/news-and-views/news/monarch-travel-group

Rescue plans are in hand for 110,000 passengers overseas, with The Sunday Times reporting a fleet of Qatar Airways aircraft had been lined up by the CAA to help in any repatriation.

Monarch had said on Thursday it was talking to potential partners after Sky News reported easyJet and Wizz Air had bid for parts of its short-haul network, but the airline said it had no news to announce at the time.

Monarch CEO Andrew Swaffield, who pulled the airline out of long-haul to compete head-on with the low-cost carriers, was due to present the Airlines UK annual industry lecture in London on Wednesday (4 October).


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David Bentley, United Kingdom

Monarch's demise began years ago when it sacked it's upmarket 'Crown' service to become, as many people called it at the time 'just another Ryanair'. I travelled with them on 27 Sep and the flight was packed with 30ins of leg room but that was on a guaranteed money-making route (Alicante).Lose the broadsheet readers and it is very hard to get them back; those that would pay top dollar. I saw very few on board. Nevertheless, had Mr Swaffield made an effort to turn back the clock he might have pulled it off. He didn't, and it's gone.

Graham Greenwood, United Kingdom

What is SHELFCO 2017 LIMITED doing? Stripping assets?

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