LONDON — British short-haul carrier Monarch Airlines ceased trading suddenly Monday following a financial collapse, the biggest failure of its kind in Britain, prompting the government into emergency action in returning home 110,000 stranded passengers.
While Britain was making arrangements to fly back its nationals from countries including Israel, hundreds of Israelis were said to be stranded in the UK, and thousands more Israelis had their holiday plans placed in doubt.
According to a report on the Marker website, thousands of Israelis who bought tickets on Monarch for vacations over the Sukkot holiday were not being told definitively on Monday what would become of these reservations — whether their money would be refunded, alternative flights offered, or other arrangements made.
Furthermore, the report said, hundreds of Israelis who were scheduled to fly home from the UK via Luton Airport on Monday afternoon were scrambling to find alternative arrangements after that flight was canceled. Monarch traditionally operates six flights a week from Israel to the UK at this time of year.