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Government Launches Huge Repatriation Effort After Monarch Collapse
photo by Liam McManus
The government today (2 October 2017) began an unprecedented repatriation effort to return 110,000 passengers affected by the failure of Monarch.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling commissioned the extraordinary operation to return passengers who would otherwise have been left stranded by a lack of capacity in the aviation market to deal with such a significant demand.

The response means the government has agreed that passengers will not be charged for repatriation flights. Work is underway to recoup costs from the ATOL scheme and card providers.

The government is working closely with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to build a temporary airline from scratch that would be one of the UK's biggest carriers if operating permanently.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling 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."

Administrators were appointed to Monarch Airlines Ltd and Monarch Travel Group on 2 October 2017. About 110,000 travellers are currently abroad on trips booked with the group -- with no flight home.

For more information, passengers should visit the dedicated website monarch.caa.co.uk or call the helpline on 0300 303 2800 (UK) or +44 1753 330 330 (overseas). Passengers who need consular support should visit www.gov.uk/world

Government Launches Huge Repatriation Effort After Monarch Collapse , 2nd October 2017, 11:42 AM