2013 News - Flights - Family first to book on inaugural flight from Birmingham to Gibraltar wins a golden ticket

25 03 2013

Monarch, the leading scheduled leisure airline, celebrated its first flight to Gibraltar from Birmingham on Saturday 23rd March and three lucky passengers were greeted at check-in with a glass of champagne and a free flight voucher.

Wendy, Jim and Sheila Palmer, were the first passengers to book on to the new flight to Gibraltar, which will operate three times a week.

For summer 2013 there are now over 27,000 seats available on the new Birmingham to Gibraltar route; this is the first of three new routes Monarch is launching from Birmingham Airport. Services to Bordeaux and Split will both launch on 22nd May.

Commenting on the new summer flights from Birmingham Airport, Monarch Airlines’ Managing Director, Kevin George, said: “We are delighted to be celebrating the departure of our first flight to Gibraltar, part of our route network expansion for summer 2013. Gibraltar has always been a popular route for Monarch Airlines’ passengers and it’s great now that we can offer this service from the West Midlands.”

William Pearson, Aviation Development Director said, “It’s great news to see Monarch continue to increase its range of destinations from Birmingham, by introducing flights to Gibraltar. It’s an ideal destination for people looking for sun, a spot of shopping or to explore the rock.”

Hon Neil Costa MP, Minister for Tourism, Commercial Affairs, Public Transport and the Port, commented: “Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar is delighted to have worked with Monarch Airlines to make the start of services from Birmingham Airport to Gibraltar a reality. This new route opens up another important catchment area in the UK for visitors to Gibraltar. This route will allow for greater opportunities in leisure and business travel to the Rock from the West Midlands and we look forward to seeing growth in this respect. The Government continues to explore additional services from the UK with the current airline partners and looks forward to expansion for the future. Gibraltar has much to offer our visitors making it an ideal short break leisure destination whilst offering business opportunities in an efficient and well regulated environment. We look forward to working with Monarch Airlines who now offer more destinations from Gibraltar than ever before.”

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