The operation to return over 100,000 citizens left stranded by the collapse of Monarch Airlines is under way.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has said the Government asked it to charter more than 30 planes to return passengers to the UK after the company went into administration on Monday (October 2) morning.
The collapse has resulted in 300,000 bookings being cancelled, and customers have been told to not go to airports, as no flights would be present.
An administrator, Blair Nimmo, said the airline – which employs an estimated 2,100 people – had struggled with a competitive market and mounting costs.
The CAA’s chief executive, Andrew Haines, reassured customers the group was doing what it could at short notice, and asked them to “bear with us as we work around the clock”, despite their distress, to arrange flights.
Meanwhile, the Government itself has warned citizens abroad to expect a degree of disruption.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, advised people to act on the advice of the CAA and to be patient.