Help for thousands of Monarch passengers in Cyprus Update 3

first_imgAbout 3,000 people in Cyprus are affected by the collapse of the British airline Monarch, airport operator Hermes announced on Monday.According to Hermes, Monarch operated a total of 18 weekly flights to and from Larnaca and Paphos, while by the end of the year there were about 30,000 seats available on these flights.“All appropriate actions by the competent bodies are in progress, aiming at the smooth return of the passengers trapped in Cyprus who will travel with British airlines,” an announcement said.Arrangements have been made for those due to leave the island on Monday while details for others holidaying on the island will be announced later.Tourists currently staying in Cyprus have been reassured, up to a point.Two flights were due to depart from Larnaca airport on Monday evening. One of them, operated by Titan Airways to Luton, was scheduled for 10pm but was later pushed to 11.30pm, according to Hermes airports departures information. The arrival airport was also changed from Luton to Stansted. Transport back to Luton was expected to be provided.The other one, to Birmingham, will be three hours late. The departure time has been changed from 9.45pm to 0.55am. This flight is now operated by British Airways.Passengers facing uncertainty were not all unhappy with the situation.“Well we flew to Cyprus with Monarch,” Jackie Fielding posted on Facebook. “Government have said they will get us back around the same time we are due to come home but may be to a different airport and may be some time changes may even have to stay an extra night. No point worrying about it though were just going to enjoy the rest of the time we have here.”“Whohooo stuck in cyprus with monarch lol running out of undies damn more sunshine!!” commented another traveller Paula Thomas.Those who are already in Cyprus and due to travel back to the UK by October 15 have been informed they will be taken home at the end of their holiday at no extra costs.Persons who have booked a holiday to Cyprus are not so lucky. Graeme Spencer is one of them. “Is there a train to Cyprus? Monarch’s just messed up my travel plans!” he asked online.Depending on where and when they have booked their flights, some will get their money back, but others who are not covered by the Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing (Atol) – the UK Civil Aviation Authority scheme to give financial protection to people who have purchased package holidays and flights from a member tour operator – will have to pay for an additional flight if they want to come to Cyprus on holiday as planned.Monarch stopped being covered by Atol on December 14, 2016, so those who booked with them directly afterwards are not covered. These passengers are advised to contact their card issuer, insurer or PayPal for advice on how to claim a refund.The UK authorities said they will still make alternative travel arrangements for those travelling from Cyprus on October 16 and after for those who are covered by Atol on an individual basis, but the others, the majority of travellers, will have to arrange their own way back to the UK.From Larnaca, Monarch used to operate flights to and from Gatwick, Luton, Birmingham and Leeds and  from Paphos, to and from Gatwick and Birmingham. All these destinations can be reached with other airlines from Cyprus.Those looking for Monarch airline online are redirected to this page of the civil aviation authority giving information for travellers on Cyprus flights is being constantly updated by Hermes on the operator’s website http://www.hermesairports.comYou May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img