At first we used to fly to the UK with Jet2.com either from Alicante or San Javier. Then we tried Monarch and found that the timing of their flights suited us better.
Since then, we have flown to the UK exclusively with Monarch and even gained Silver Advantage status which gave us priority check in, priority boarding and an extra 10kg luggage allowance. We also paid the little extra to enjoy more legroom.
As many of you will know, Monarch collapsed on Sunday morning leaving thousands of stranded passengers and many more with booked flights that will no longer happen.
We feel really sorry for the employees who were loyal to the company and only got to know that they had lost their jobs on Monday morning.
The options for us are now limited. As far as I know, Flybe, Easyjet, Ryanair and Jet2.com fly to the UK and if you are prepared to have a stop of in Barcelona, Vueling also operate some routes.
Out of those options, we would be extremely reluctant to choose Ryanair who seem cancel flights at the drop of a hat. That doesn't leave us with a lot more choices.
Of course, someone will want to step in and fill the gap left by Monarch. That may be one of the existing carriers or it maybe someone new to Alicante, only time will tell. In the meantime, a sad farewell to Monarch - you served us well.