Some companies may be gone, but they are definitely not forgotten. Which do you remember, from famous brands like Thomas Cook to Air Tours Airlines in Lancashire?

There are moments that everyone is looking forward to. One is to get off the plane and get a sunny welcome abroad. From the moment you take the first step into the sun, you quickly feel like a “holiday” and forget that it may have been a long journey to get there.

Looking back at some of the travel agencies and airlines that took us on vacation for decades, unfortunately it didn’t reach 2022. Make sure the tray table is on top and the seats are upright. Look at these five missed vacationers.

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Lampori



LunnPoly Travel agency storefront.

Lunn Poly was once the largest travel agency in the UK. Originally created by two already successful travel agencies, the Polytechnic Touring Association and Sir Henry Lunn Travel, it was integrated into Lunn Poly in 1965.

By splitting leisure and business travel into separate divisions, we have become an innovator in the travel industry. High street shops are scattered all over the country, specializing in package travel, and offices have been set up to meet the needs of the business industry.

Some may remember the company’s long-standing television campaign that featured people on the holidays they offered. One says “Lumpoli? Run away!” And the other disappears in the air and reappears at the place of vacation.

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Monarch Airlines



An empty Monarch Customer Service Desk at Gatwick Airport after the airline collapsed into power in 2017.
An empty Monarch Customer Service Desk at Gatwick Airport after the airline collapsed into power in 2017.

Monarch Airlines began in 1968, when air travel was truly feasible for wealthy families. In the 70’s, the demand for cheaper package travel increased. This is where Monarch continued to excel because it was cheaper than other airlines.

In 2004, the airline switched to a low-cost carrier after struggling to compete with other low-cost carriers that offered seat-only fares rather than packaged travel. When Monarch came to power in 2017, 110,000 passengers were stranded around the world, leaving the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) and the government to bring people home.

Britannia Airlines



Britannia Airways stewardess, Lisa Brownlee and Catherine McGuckin, at Newcastle Airport in September 1991.
Britannia Airways stewardess, Lisa Brownlee and Catherine McGuckin, at Newcastle Airport in September 1991.

Britannia Airways began its life in the name of Eurabia and carried passengers to destinations around the world, from Palma to Barcelona and Canada. It even flew to long-distance destinations that were a bit difficult to reach, such as Natal and Brazil.

After the reorganization of TUI’s UK business, which took over the airline in 2000, it changed its brand name to Thomson Fly. Eventually, the business was suspended in November 2005.

British Midland



Diana Moran adjusted the pace of passengers and staff when arriving at Teesside Airport in 1992.
Diana Moran adjusted the pace of passengers and staff when arriving at Teesside Airport in 1992.

In 1964, a Midlands-based airline named Derby Airways was acquired from Manchester-based regular charter line Mercury Airlines and officially known as British Airways. It was the first airline to introduce a domestic business class option called “Diamond Euro Class”.

After the turmoil over UK and international airline names, it changed its brand name to BMI and was finally integrated into British Airways in 2012.

Air 2000



Boarded Air 2000 to Tenerife.
Boarded Air 2000 to Tenerife.

Air 2000, also known as First Choice, was founded in 1987, but First Choice officially launched in 2004 as TUI’s charter airline.

It lasted only four years, but in 2006 alone it carried 6 million passengers and was a major player in the travel industry. It was the first airline to operate the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in rotation, but due to delays, it merged with Thomson Fly, who inherited the plane.

Which vacationer do you remember? Remember that you booked your vacation with Lunn Poly? I would like to hear your memories in the comments below.