The UK's lost holiday airlines and why there's only two left

The leisure carrier scene in the UK was once filled with numerous charter operators whisking travellers on their holidays. Now there are only two major players in the market. Dominic Ward investigates what happened.

Picture the scene. It’s the 1990s and you’re at the airport – perhaps Gatwick or Luton – about to jet off on your summer holidays. You take a look across the apron and you count numerous airlines. How many of those would have been charters? Chances are you’d have spotted the likes of Britannia, Monarch, MyTravel and British Airtours.


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