The UK Civil Aviation Authority’s two-week flying programme ended last night with the last flight touching down at London Luton Airport at just after 03:30. The flight from Tel Aviv with 122 passengers on board brought to a close the programme that was launched in response to the Monarch Airlines administration.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority is gearing up for a huge number of claims from Monarch’s ATOL protected customers following the collapse of the airline. As the first week of the CAA’s ‘flying programme’ ends, 404 flights will have operated bringing home almost 80,000 people.
The Civil Aviation Authority’s flying programme completed 61 flights in its first day of operation, returning passengers stranded by the collapse of Monarch Airlines to the UK. In total some 11,843 passengers were flown back to the UK, from 24 destinations.
Monarch has announced the appointment of Ian Chambers as chief commercial officer with immediate effect. Joining Monarch in 2005, Chambers has held various digital and marketing management roles. Most recently, as head of digital and marketing he had responsibility for online marketing, the digital strategy and online sales across all group brands and products.
Monarch has confirmed it is cancelling all flight and holiday bookings to Sharm El-Sheikh for the foreseeable future. With no indication from the British government as to when the airport will re-open to flights from the UK, the airline is cancelling all flight and holiday bookings for winter 2016/17 and there are now no plans for the destination to be part of Monarch’s summer 2017 programme.
UK-based budget airline Monarch has moved to quell speculation over its financial health following a raft of stories over the weekend. Negative speculation about the carrier prompted the airline to release a statement this morning stating: “Our flights and holidays are operating as normal, carrying Monarch customers as scheduled.” Monarch employs nearly 3,000 staff and is based at Luton airport.
Monarch has launched its new trade website. The site, which provides agents with access to the full range of Monarch holidays, hotels and flights, completes the company’s move to a single brand strategy. The holiday section of the new site has been designed to reflect the needs and requirements of agents, and many of the features reflect feedback that Monarch has received.