Over 23,000 Monarch passengers have been flown back to the UK after the airline's collapse

 
Rebecca Smith
Over 100,000 people are being flown back to the UK
Over 100,000 people are being flown back to the UK (Source: Getty)

More than a fifth of Monarch passengers have been brought back to the UK so far, in a mammoth programme coordinated by the aviation regulator.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is in the midst of a flying programme to bring back 110,000 people after the airline ceased trading on Monday.

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It said today that 58 flights were completed in the second day of operation, returning 11,478 people to the UK, on top of the 11,843 brought back on the first day.

The regulator said it was working "around the clock" in conjunction with the government to ensure the replacement programme unfolds smoothly, with passengers set to be brought back until Sunday 15 October.

Richard Moriarty, group director of the consumers and markets group of the CAA, said:

Our operation to bring people home continues to progress well, with a total of 23,321 people already back in the UK, including the first planeload of passengers from Greece. We are planning 54 flights on 4 October, for an additional 11,091 people.

He added: “On 3 October, we published new information on claiming a refund for Atol protected customers whose trips were cancelled. Customers who booked directly with Monarch Holidays using a credit card, should contact their credit card issuer to make a claim for a refund. All other Monarch Holidays and all First Aviation Limited customers will be sent a claim form by 11 October, either directly by us or via their travel agent.”

Meanwhile, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has said its train companies Southern, Thameslink, Gatwick Express and Great Northern will honour rail tickets of Monarch passengers returning early or late, and will also refund or rearrange tickets it has sold through its stations or websites.

GTR said passengers can travel on a difference date if they have advanced pre-dated rail tickets returning from Luton and Gatwick airports.

Passengers will need to show proof of their flight booking with Monarch and confirmation of the new flight.

GTR chief operating officer Nick Brown said: “People stranded or otherwise affected by the Monarch problems have enough to worry about and this is something we can do to ease the last leg of their journey.”

Monarch rescue programme in numbers
Flights completed so far - 119
Passengers back in the UK - 23,321 (out of 110,000)
Number of aircraft used - 34
Number of international airports flown from - 24

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