Scarborough couple's dream wedding ruined by airline collapse

Natalie and Shaun
Natalie and Shaun

A Scarborough couple’s dream wedding abroad has come crashing down after the UK’s fifth biggest airline collapsed.

Natalie Johnson and Shaun Ratchford were set to tie the knot in Fuerteventura next month but the shock announcement from Monarch Airlines has put wedding bells on hold.

What affect has Monarch's collapse had?

What affect has Monarch's collapse had?

The pair, who live in Ramsey Street, had booked a package deal with Monarch but the company announced it had gone into administration on Monday (October 2).

The 25-year-old bride-to-be said they still haven’t heard anything from Monarch and it looks like it will be eight weeks before they get a refund.

The pair, who have been together for seven years, had originally planned and booked a register office wedding in Scarborough with a big reception but it was all getting too stressful.

Natalie said: “We’d always wanted to have a wedding abroad but we wanted family to be there. But my family said they would come over with us. Their holidays have been cancelled too.”

The pair are yet to tell their two children but Natalie expects her four-year-old son will be “gutted” as he has been talking about it for months.

Natalie has emailed the wedding company in Spain but she is waiting to hear if they will be able to get a refund.

She added: “Our family are all really shocked, it’s such a big company and you just don’t expect things like this to happen. It’s the fifth biggest airline in the UK, we chose a big company for security.”

Natalie added: “[We’ve had]no contact from the wedding company either. It’s just not possible. We have no money to book another holiday again as all the prices have doubled for what we had. And the money from before won’t be refunded in time.

“It’s not about the money though, we just want our holiday and wedding we have paid for.”

Monarch’s collapse has led to nearly 1,900 job losses and the cancellation of all its flights and holidays which has affected around 860,000 customers.