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Inghams and Crystal Ski have found alternative flights for all their guests that were due to be flying with Monarch Airlines this winter. UPDATED


The airline ceased operation on Monday with 750,000 people due to go on flights in the coming months - some of them this winter to ski destinations.

During the course of the day Inghams was able to replace all flights for the ski season which had previously been arranged with Monarch.
"We will keep our web pages updated with latest information and of course, be in direct contact with guests as soon as we can," said a statement from the company on Tuesday morning.

It was difficult and busy time for Inghams with the CEO Paul Carter cancelling a pre-arranged afternoon event at the British Olympic Association on Tuesday to deal with the issue.

He was due to be one of the speakers on a panel discussion.

It was an invitation-only industry event looking at the opportunites presented by the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

See our report from the BOA here:

The UK's largest ski tour operator, Crystal Ski, was also able to find alternative flights for all its customers.

"All Crystal Ski Holidays customers who have Monarch flights as part of their holiday package will be switched on to our Thomson Airways flights. These will operate from the same airports and on the same dates, though there may be some difference in departure and arrival times. We will confirm the exact details with all affected customers this week," said Crystal.

It eases the worries of many skiers and snowboarders who have booked their holiday for next season and were due to use Monarch Airways with Inghams and Crystal.

Monarch was used by many ski tour operators and those travelling independently.

Some of their ski routes were:

  • London Gatwick - Geneva.
  • Manchester - Geneva.
  • Birmingham - Grenoble.
  • London Gatwick - Grenoble.
  • Manchester - Grenoble.
  • London Gatwick - Lyon.
  • Birmingham, London Gatwick, Manchester - Turin.

They also fly to Innsbruck and Salzburg in Austria.

Monarch mountain routesMonarch mountain routes












Monarch employed about 2,100 people and reported a £291m loss last year.

The airline was the UK's fifth biggest and the country's largest ever to collapse.

It was placed in administration at 4AM on Monday morning - a time when there were no Monarch planes in the air.

The Association of British Travel Agents has issued the following advice this morning to ski tour operators:

"If you have sold travel services as a package organiser and sourced components from the Monarch Travel Group, you will need to ensure that the customer's holiday is honoured by re-protecting on alternative flights that are not significantly different from the original booking or providing a refund of the holiday cost in full if that is not possible," said ABTA.

It caused problems for all those who had booked a ski flight with Monarch for next winter and an extra work load for the tour operators as they try to re-book their customers on alternative flights.

"We were sorry to learn in the early hours of this morning that the UK tour operator and airline Monarch has been placed in to administration," said a statement from the UK's largest ski tour operator, Crystal Ski on Monday.

Monarch has made big efforts to develop its presence in the ski market in recent years.

It exhibited at the UK ski shows in the past.

Monarch at Birmingham Ski ShowMonarch at Birmingham Ski Show
















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