With the collapse of British airline Monarch at 4am today, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is now conducting the "biggest ever peacetime repatriation" in the United Kingdom history and bringing home 110,000 affected passengers over the next fortnight on 30 chartered planes from 30 airports.
Due to the unprecedented number of United Kingdom consumers now overseas who are affected by this airline administration, the CAA and Government are securing a fleet of more than 30 aircraft, flying to more than 30 airports, to bring 110,000 people back to the United Kingdom at no cost to them.
The chief executive of the CAA Andrew Haines said passengers should prepare for some delays.
"This is an unprecedented situation and because there are up to 110,000 passengers abroad, the United Kingdom government has asked the CAA to co-ordinate flights back to the United Kingdom for all Monarch customers now overseas".
The CAA has set up a dedicated website, which is the best source of advice and information for affected customers, and a 24-hour helpline for passengers.
Monarch previously operated both scheduled flights and package holidays. "Clients will need to pay again for any new booking they make and claim for their refund from the CAA".
The government has announced "the country's biggest ever peacetime repatriation", meaning they will fly back all of the passengers stranded overseas due to the airline's closure.
If you are overseas and were due to fly home with Monarch before October 15, you'll be offered a free flight home, regardless of whether your flight or holiday was ATOL protected. Together with the CAA, we will work around the clock to ensure Monarch passengers get the support they need.
Customers with a flight-only Monarch booking made on or before 14 December 2016 are also Atol-protected.
Travellers are urged to prepare for disruption to journeys and arrive more than three hours before your confirmed new flight to be issued new details for check in.
Money reports that some 300,000 future bookings have also been scrapped, while the U.K.'s Civil Aviation Authority scrambles to facilitate what it has called "the biggest ever United Kingdom airline failure".
The airline warned customers not to go to the airport in a Twitter post over the weekend.
Airline company Monarch went into administration on Sunday.
Monarch has been Britain's longest-serving airline brand and employs almost 3,000 staff.
Monarch holidays are ATOL protected.
Those who booked flights directly with Monarch Airlines on or after 15 December past year will not be ATOL protected and will not be able to claim a refund from the CAA.
Holidays booked directly with Monarch Holidays will also be protected.
We're sorry to announce that Monarch has suspended flights and holidays.
The CAA will refund these bookings "by the end of 2017 at the latest".