The UK Civil Aviation Authority’s repatriation programme to rescue those left stranded by Monarch Airline’s sudden collapse into administration came to an end this week.
Lasting two-weeks, the final flight touched down at London Luton Airport, with the CAA claiming it was the UK's ‘biggest peacetime repatriation’.
In total, the operation worked alongside 27 global airlines, using more than 60 aircraft in the process, and managed to bring 83,875 passengers back into the UK.
The final day of the operation alone – which came to a cost of £60 million – included 23 flights, with enough seats for 4,500 people from 20 different destinations.
Andrew Haines, Chief Executive of the Civil Aviation Authority, said: “This has been a phenomenal challenge and one that has required the cooperation and support of many businesses, government departments and individuals.”
Throughout the whole operation, airlines flew more than 1.5 million miles across 567 completed flights to repatriate stuck travellers who had been affected by the collapse.
Almost 85,000 people were flown into six airports across the UK from 30 destinations, including Israel, Sweden, Italy, Greece, Portugal and Spain.
Despite the main programme being completed, the CAA are still actively trying to get in touch with around 1,000 passengers who are ATOL protected, but who are still abroad on their holidays.
Mr Haines continued: “We will continue to support ATOL protected customers yet to return to the UK and have already started to refund ATOL protected passengers who have sadly lost their holiday.”
KPMG, who are handling Monarch’s administration, have revealed that there are around 3,000 passengers abroad without ATOL cover, which means they will have to arrange their own way home.
If you’re considering travelling overseas in the coming months, ensure you have adequate travel insurance for your trip to cover any eventuality.
Date Created: 18/10/2017