CAA Complete Monarch Flying Programme
The UK Civil Aviation Authority’s two-week flying programme ended last night with the last flight from Tel Aviv to London Luton Airport arriving just after 03:30am.
The programme was launched in response to the Monarch Airlines administration and the final day included 23 flights for 4,500 passengers from over 20 different destinations.
Under the CAA programme and along with support from aviation industry operators and many government departments and agencies, more than 65 aircrafts from 27 global airlines flew over 1.5 million miles collecting stranded passengers.
During the operation, almost 85,000 people flew to six airports in the UK, from more than 30 destinations in 14 countries, including Portugal, Greece, Italy, Sweden.
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.
“I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has played their part.
“Completing this unique two week flying programme has only been possible because of the dedication and commitment of so many people.
“It was a very sad day when Monarch went into administration and our thoughts remain with all the Monarch employees who have lost their jobs.
“We know that companies across the aviation sector are identifying opportunities for Monarch staff and we will do all that we can to offer support where possible.
“The UK has a strong and successful aviation industry and the skills offered by Monarch employees are sure to be in demand.”
While the main repatriation programme has now ended, the CAA is proactively contacting all 1,000 ATOL protected passengers still abroad in order to arrange alternative flights to get them home when their trip has ended.
Haines continued: “We will continue to support ATOL protected customer yet to return to the UK and have already started to refund ATOL protected passengers who have sadly lost their holiday.”