Monarch Airlines has now repatriated 80,000 stranded passengers since the skies were fully reopened following the ash cloud last week.

The airline operated 85 repatriation flights in addition to its planned flying programme and also operated two shuttle flights from Majorca and Tenerife to Madrid to connect with coaches returning to the UK.

The airline also provided coaches to return customers from other parts of Europe.

Monarch managing director Tim Jeans said: “Getting our customers back to the UK as quickly as possible has been our priority over the past week and we’re delighted to have now achieved this.

“In addition to our scheduled European flights, we had customers stranded as far afield as Goa, Florida, the Maldives, Grenada and Tobago, all of whom are now back in the UK.

“It has been a huge logistical challenge to achieve this. However, flights have been operating round the clock and normal flight schedules have resumed today.”

Monarch operates a fleet of 30 aircraft, serving more than 100 destinations worldwide. Services are split between scheduled and charter flights, with the airline carrying almost 6.5 million passengers a year.