Nearly 2,000 employees have been made redundant as a result of the collapse of travel firm Monarch, which also saw thousands of flights and holidays cancelled.

The company went into administration in the early hours of Monday morning.

Administrators KPMG said 1,858 of around 2,100 people employed across Monarch's airline and tour group had now been made redundant.

Ninety-eight of these were employed by Monarch Travel Group, while 1,760 were employees of Monarch Airlines.

The remaining employees will help with the administration process, and assist the Civil Aviation Authority in bringing holidaymakers abroad back to the UK.

Some 110,000 customers overseas are being flown home in what the Government is calling the UK's biggest peacetime repatriation.

A further three quarters of a million people held future bookings with the travel firm.

Administrator Blair Nimmo said it had prioritised contacting staff to let them know how they would be affected by the administration.

He said: "Regrettably, with the business no longer able to fly, a significant number of redundancies were made.

"Over the coming days, my team will be doing all it can to assist the employees in submitting claims to the Redundancy Payments Office for monies owed."

Mr Nimmo said Monarch had struggled with mounting costs and competitive market conditions that saw it suffer a period of sustained losses.

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