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Monarch have ceased to trade with immediate effect. 110,000+ people have been left abroad and over 300,000 future bookings have been cancelled.
Monarch has confirmed that the following companies have ceased trading and now entered administration:
- Monarch Airlines Ltd
- Monarch Holidays Ltd (ATOL Number 2275)
- First Aviation Ltd (ATOL Number 4888) previously trading as Monarch Airlines
- Avro Ltd (ATOL Number 1939)
- Somewhere2stay Ltd
As a result, we are sorry to inform you that, as of 2 October 2017, all future holidays and flights provided by these companies have been cancelled and are no longer operating.
This is an unprecedented situation and because there are up to 110,000 passengers abroad, the UK Government has asked the CAA to coordinate flights back to the UK for all Monarch customers currently overseas. These new flights will be at no extra cost to you.
Customers already abroad
If you are currently abroad and due to return to the UK on or before 15 October 2017 we are making arrangements for you to return home to the UK on a new flight, at the end of your holiday. These new flights will be at no extra cost to you.
We will of course prioritise vulnerable passengers, including unaccompanied minors, and make sure that family groups travel on the same flights.
For further advice and details of your new flight please read I am currently abroad.
If you are currently abroad and due to return to the UK after this date, please read the additional information section.
Customers yet to travel out of the UK
We are sorry to inform you that all future holidays and flights booked with Monarch are now cancelled as of 2 October 2017.
If you are booked on a Monarch Airlines flight, please do not go to your UK airport, as your flight will not be operating.
Further information is available at I have a future booking and have not travellled yet.
How can I stop this from happening to me?
Whilst it is not possible to forsee events such as the collapse of Monarch, there are some things you can do when booking to ensure that your money and holiday are affected as little as possible.
Always book with a Travel Agent that is ATOL protected. There are many “cheap deals” available on the internet. However cheap is not always best. Many of these offers are from retailers not based in the UK and do not offer the ATOL Protection.
For added security, look to book with retailers who protect your money further. Holiday Hamster keeps all money paid in a special customer Trust account, until payment is due to the supplier(s).
Finally, if possible, make payment for part of the purchase (even 1p) using a credit card. This would mean that should everything else fail, you can then look to claim from them.
Have you been affected by the collapse of Monarch? Are you looking for a reliable supplier to rebook part or all of your holiday? Call Holiday Hamster on 08000 988 955 and one of our agents will be happy to assist you.