Air­line staff axed again as ex-bosses land top jobs


AXED Monarch Air­lines work­ers have lost their jobs for a sec­ond time – while their for­mer bosses have walked into top roles.

About 100 for­mer Monarch pi­lots and crew have been made re­dun­dant for the sec­ond time in a year af­ter bud­get air­line Primera Air went bust.

Yet for­mer Monarch chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drew Swaffield – a polo club di­rec­tor – and fi­nance boss Christo­pher Ben­nett have won plum jobs.

They are co-di­rec­tors of Sir Richard Bran­son’s Vir­gin Group Loy­alty Com­pany, which will of­fer perks to fre­quent fliers when it launches next year.

Hun­dreds of for­mer Monarch staff are fight­ing for com­pen­sa­tion for lost wages af­ter it col­lapsed a year ago with £160mil­lion debts, leav­ing 10,000 tourists stranded abroad.

Some work­ers went on to jobs at Dan­ish-owned Primera Air. But it too col­lapsed last month.

Unite union’s Oliver Richard­son said: “It’s the worst time as it’s not the sea­son when air­lines hire.”

NEW JOB An­drew Swaffield

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