Job vacancies at UK airlines have been identified totalling more than three time the number of redundancies made as the result of Monarch Airlines’ collapse.

Secretary of state for transport Chris Grayling made the claim in a  House of Commons statement on the UK’s biggest-ever airline failure yesterday.

Almost 2,000 people who worked for the carrier were made redundant last week by administrators KPMG.

Grayling told parliament: “I am pleased to report that airlines have already been directly appealing to Monarch’s former employees.

“For instance, Virgin Atlantic are offering a fast track recruitment process for cabin crew and pilots, and easyJet have invited applications for 500 cabin crew vacancies.

“EasyJet are also calling for direct-entry captains or first officers who meet Captain qualifications.

“All former Monarch employees will have received information from Jobcentre Plus outlining the support available to them.

“In total, Jobcentre Plus has pulled together a list of more than 6,300 vacancies across the major UK based airlines – around three times the number of people made redundant – which will help former Monarch employees remain in the airline industry.

Grayling added: “Both I and the Aviation Minister have been in contact with those members whose constituencies will have been hardest hit by these job loses, and given assurances that we will work with the industry to offer what support we can.”

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