MONARCH staff left out of work by the firm's collapse have slammed the Civil Aviation Authority for a 'disrespectful' tweet about the airline's plight.
The CAA is currently working to bring more than 110,000 Brits home on emergency flights after customers were left stuck abroad when Monarch went bust on Monday morning.
Around 1,900 jobs were lost when the UK's fifth biggest airline plunged into administration and workers at the company's Luton Airport headquarters were seen packing up their offices hours after the announcement.
Devastated staff have now reacted with anger after the CAA posted a tweet last night, saying: "Spotted one of our rescue flights? Let us know by tweeting us a picture. #Monarch".
The regulator later deleted the tweet and apologised, saying: "We apologise for any offence caused by our earlier tweet. Our focus remains on the flying programme and getting people home."
But Monarch workers currently searching for new jobs branded the tweet "disgusting and disrespectful".
Sara Turner wrote on Facebook: "How utterly disgusting and disrespectful to all of us that have lost our jobs and to Monarch who have operated safely for nearly 50 years… they should be ashamed."
Rachel Barrow said: "This is disgusting and disrespectful – thousands of Monarch employees are mourning the loss of our airline and our jobs. Have some compassion."
Greg Duncan wrote: "Oh I didn't realise this was a game. Can me and my 2000+ UNEMPLOYED colleagues play along too?"
The CAA says it has returned more than 30,000 Monarch customers to the UK since Monday on around 175 flights.
We apologise for any offence caused by our earlier tweet. Our focus remains on the flying programme and getting people home.
— UK CAA (@UK_CAA) October 4, 2017
A further 58 flights are planned for today to repatriate a further 11,000 passengers.
The programme of emergency flights will continue to run until Sunday, October 15.
The British holiday operator failed to reach a deal by midnight on Monday with the Civil Aviation Authority to prevent its collapse.
The airline has been slammed for pushing sales of its flights until just three days before it went bust.
The last ever Monarch flight landed at Manchester Airport from Tel Aviv at around 3am this morning.
The airline, whose headquarters are at London Luton Airport, was founded in 1968.