A rumor about Monarch Airlines ceasing operations tomorrow is spreading on social media. The airline has replied directly to customers tweeting about them ceasing operations denying the rumor.
The rumor seems to have spread because two United Airlines 747-400 arrived in Palma de Mallorca (PMI) and Tenerife South (TFS) from Chicago O’Hare, one Air Transat A330 landed in Malaga as well as a Omni Air 777 and 767 are in Barcelona (BCN). These aircraft have been reportedly dispatched for “rescue” flights.
UPDATE 1: A Monarch spokesman said in a statement: “Rumors are just that, we don’t know where these started, but they are not true.”
UPDATE 2: Monarch passengers with flights out of Malaga to Manchester tomorrow are reportedly being told that their flight will be operated by Air Transat. (Sources: Les Armstrong and Nicholas Hair on twitter)
An Air Transat A330 is in Malaga right now. We are expecting more news after the last flight of the day lands in the U.K.
UPDATE 3: All Monarch flights appear to be operating normally this morning.
The rumor it’s still circulating on social media, even though it seems to be not true.
UPDATE 4: Monarch has released an official statement about the rumors: “Over the weekend, there has been negative speculation about Monarch’s financial health.
Monarch is trading well and is expected to achieve an EBITDA of over £40m at the end of this fiscal year (October 2016). This is despite a difficult period for the holiday industry due to terrorist incidents, Brexit and the resulting devaluation of sterling.
Our flights are operating as normal, carrying Monarch passengers as scheduled.
To weather tougher market conditions and to fund its ongoing growth, Monarch expects to announce a significant investment from its stakeholders in the coming days.”
UPDATE 5: An Air Transat Airbus A330-243 C-GTSR Landed at Malaga (AGP) (26/09/16 10:34AM Local Time Malaga) after Flight TS148 from Toronto (YYZ). It was a one off flight, never before has Air Transat flown this route, fuelling the rumour that aircraft are being chartered in to rescue stranded passengers.
UPDATE 6: A photo of the UK’s CAA charter aircraft that are reportedly supposed to perform “rescue” flights for Monarch has appeared on a German aviation forum, airliners.de.
Schedules for N116UA and N120UA, Operating Monarch Charter Flights (27/09/16)
Schedules for N116UA and N120UA
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