Monarch Airlines collapses into administration

Monarch Airlines, the UK’s fifth biggest airlines, has collapsed into administration, leaving more than 110,000 passengers stranded abroad and ruining the travel plans for hundreds of thousands more.

Monarch had been in last ditch talks with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) about renewing its licence sell package holidays. It had until midnight last night to reach a deal, but failed to do so. The company has now hired KPMG to work through the details of administration.

Those abroad will be repatriated by the CAA, which is chartering more than 30 aircraft over the next fortnight. Those who have bookings will receive also receive refunds through the Atol system.

McCain removes gay couple from TV ad campaign

McCain has removed a gay couple who featured in its TV ads after they suffered homophobic abuse on social media. Lee and Mat Samuels-Camozzi appeared in the campaign with their baby earlier this month. However, they received dozens of abusive comments on social media.

McCain says the couple will no longer feature in the campaign because it is no longer showing the 60-second ad in which they appear and will from now on be airing a 30-second version of the TV spot that does not feature them.

However, a McCain’s spokesman says the decision not to feature the couple in the 30-second spot was “absolutely not” connected to…