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