Luke Pollard

Labour & Co-operative MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport

  • Home /
  • News / Affected by Monarch Airlines? Read this blog

Affected by Monarch Airlines? Read this blog


Monarch Airline’s overnight collapse has affected 110,000 customers travelling overseas and cancelled 300,000 future bookings. Have you been affected? If you have, or know family and friends that have been affected, here are the contact details you need as well as some questions and answers that will prove helpful. 

Luke has recorded a short video here for advice on what to do if you, or you know someone who is caught up by Monarch's collapse:

Q. What should I do now? 

A. The Government has told Monarch customers to continue their holidays as planned and is organising special flights back for passengers who are affected at no cost to them. 

At least 48 hours before you are due to return home you should visit the dedicated website, call the helpline on 0300 303 2800 if calling from the UK or +44 1753 330330 if calling from overseas to confirm your new flight details. 
Repatriation flights are for all passengers who purchased tickets with Monarch irrespective of their nationality. 

Q. When will I be able to fly? 

A. You should expect to be flown as close as possible to your planned departure dates, no earlier, and prepare for disruption to journeys. Some passengers may need to speak with their accommodation provider in case they need to extend their stay. 

Q. When should I go to the airport? 

A. You should arrive at the airport more than three hours before your confirmed new flight as they will not be able to take earlier services. 

Foreign Office staff will be available at affected airports to help any vulnerable British citizens with specific needs.

Any Britons requiring additional consular support should visit

Q. Can I check in online? 

A. There will be no online check-in. You will be issued with a new flight and new boarding card and will not be able to check in with your old flight details. 

Q. Will I have to pay for the flight? 

A. Once on board the plane, you will be asked to provide details of your original Monarch booking. 

If you are not Atol (Air Travel Organiser’s Licence) protected, this will allow the Government to claim the cost of their replacement flight directly from your credit or debit card company. You will not be asked to pay for your flight yourself. 

Q. Do I have to pay for extra accommodation costs? 

A. Passengers with Atol protection are entitled to reasonable accommodation and subsistence costs if they are delayed by more than four hours. Those without Atol protection may be able to claim from credit card providers or insurers. Further information will be made available via the website.

The CAA will process your refund as quickly as possible – check the dedicated website for more information. 

Q. How do I know if I am Atol protected? 

A. Check if you have received an Atol certificate, or check with your travel agent. 

Q. Will I be flown back to my departure airport? 

A. You may be flown back to different UK airports, with coaches available to take you to your destination airport. 

For Monarch customers yet to travel 

Check the dedicated website or contact your travel agent if you booked with one. They will be able to advise on whether you can change your holiday booking or are entitled to a refund or compensation. If you are not covered by the Atol scheme, you should also contact your credit card company or travel insurer.

ABTA has developed specific guidance for customers in relation to each individual company, including how to progress a claim where applicable, which is available at

Holiday protection is an issue close to Luke's heart. It was in fact the first time he spoke in the Commons.



Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.
published this page in News 2017-10-02 15:11:07 +0100
Luke Pollard posted about Affected by Monarch Airlines? Read this blog on Luke Pollard's Facebook page 2017-10-02 15:10:53 +0100
Affected by Monarch Airlines? Here's some essential contact information and some Q&A's #Plymouth
@LukePollard tweeted this page. 2017-10-02 15:10:39 +0100
Affected by Monarch Airlines? Here's some essential contact information and Q&A's #Plymouth

The Labour Party will place cookies on your computer to help us make this website better.

Please read this to review the updates about which cookies we use and what information we collect on our site.

To find out more about these cookies, see our privacy notice. Use of this site confirms your acceptance of these cookies.