Monarch staff sobbed as they cleared their desks today and drowned their sorrows in airport bars after coming to work only to learn the airline collapsed overnight.
The majority of the 2,100 staff – including some who had been there 38 years – were told in an email. Workers at its Luton Airport headquarters hugged each other and
wiped away tears as they carried their belongings in boxes and bags to their cars. More than 110,000 Monarch customers are stranded abroad today after the airline
went bust and cancelled all its flights. 34 planes have been chartered to bring passengers back to the UK over the next two weeks in the country’s biggest-ever peacetime repatriation of citizens. Monarch bosses were accused of ‘picking the
pockets of customers’ because they launched a new sale on Friday despite being on the brink of collapse.