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Kent travellers among thousands affected by airline collapse

By Chris Hunter

Kent travellers are among thousands having to review their plans following the sudden collapse of Monarch Airlines.

The airline, which is the UK's fifth largest, collapsed in the early hours of this morning following last-ditch talks with the Civil Aviation Authority about renewing its licence to sell package holidays.

Flights are being arranged for around 110,000 Monarch passengers stranded overseas, and more than 300,000 future bookings with the company have been cancelled.

Image: Istock
Image: Istock

Administrators said at least 1,858 staff, including 80 in Bromley, have been made redundant.

Courtney Boylan from Edenbridge was due to travel with Monarch this morning, but is now having to change her plans.

"We haven't had any emails from Monarch or from On The Beach which is who we booked with so apart from the news we wouldn't have known," she said.

"We would have gone to the airport and there wouldn't have been anyone there.

"We need to get in touch with Atol and find out what can happen and if we can get a refund, but ideally we would have loved to have still gone on the holiday.

"We haven't had any emails from Monarch so apart from the news we wouldn't have known" - Courtney Boylan

"It's a really big shame because we were looking forward to it.

"We'll ring up whoever we can, email whoever we can. Hopefully we'll be able to speak to somebody and sort something out."

Partner at KPMG and Joint Administrator Blair Nimmo said: "Regrettably, with the business no longer able to fly, a significant number of redundancies were made.

"Over the coming days, my team will be doing all it can to assist the employees in submitting claims to the Redundancy Payments Office for monies owed."

Anyone affected by Monarch's collapse can visit the website, monarch.caa.co.uk or phone 0300 303 2800 (from the UK) or +44 1753 330330 (from overseas).

Have you been affected by the cancelled flights? Contact our newsdesk on 01634 227800.

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