Monarch Airlines: Insolvency

Department for Transport written question – answered on 23rd April 2018.

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Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Labour/Co-operative, Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost to the public purse of repatriating UK citizens was after the collapse of Monarch airlines.

Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Labour/Co-operative, Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much and what proportion of the cost of repatriating UK citizens after the collapse of monarch airlines came from (a) the public purse, (b) the travel industry, (c) credit card companies, (d) insurance companies (e) other sources.

Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Labour/Co-operative, Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of final cost to the public purse of costs not recharged after the collapse of Monarch airlines.

Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Labour/Co-operative, Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) people and (b) organisations have refused to contribute to repatriation costs after the collapse of Monarch airlines.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Department is not yet able to give a final figure for the costs of the repatriation operation as we are awaiting invoices from third parties. In line with the usual transparency guidelines on Government financial reporting, the final expenditure will be made clear in the annual accounts for the Department, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the Air Travel Trust (ATT), which should be published in June 2018.

At this stage, the current forecasts suggest that the total cost of the repatriation operation remains broadly in line with the original estimate of around £60m.

The Department is focused on making sure that there is clear burden sharing of the repatriation operation, and is seeking to recover costs of the operation from third parties. This is a continuing process and a final position on cost recovery is unlikely to be known until the completion of the administrative process; this may take several months. The Department will in due course be able to report back with more detail.

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