Leading opposition councillor Lynne Jones and her husband Kevin were among the 110,000 people who had to be brought home on specially chartered jets after the collapse of the Monarch airline.

Cllr Jones, 52 who represents her village Old Windsor on the Royal Borough as an Independent, was staying in an apartment at Carvoeioro in the Algarve, Portugal with her 54-year-old husband Kevin when they first saw on Twitter that there might be problems.

They were due to fly home Tuesday but Mrs Jones said: "We decided we would still enjoy what was left of the holiday. We had offers of places to stay if we got stranded because we have friends there."

After checking online the day before they were due to leave they turned up at Faro Airport as scheduled.

Mrs Jones, 52, who works as a book-keeper and has a grown up son, said that the CAA had pulled out all the stops to get people home.

She said: "We ended up flying on a Miami airline with an American flight and cabin crew, we left only 40 minutes later than we had been supposed to with Monarch.

"There was a team from the embassy at the airport and the CAA seemed to have chartered aircrafts from all over the world. They really did everything they could to make it as easy as possible.

"One elderly couple needed to get home to Birmingham and had to go to Gatwick and get a coach home but most people were all right.

"We used Monarch all the time and have never had any problems. I'm really sad to see it go."

She tweeted "Repatriated from Portugal following Monarch collapse by @CharterMiamiAir. Thanks guys and a great job by @UK_CAA."

The Civil Aviation Authority, the airline industry watchdog, has revealed it was putting together contingency plans over the four and a half weeks leading to the collapse. It finally had a 'clear indication' that the UK’s fifth largest airline was about to go into administration late on Saturday night.