2008 News Archive - Flights - Ab Fab welcome for first Monarch Scheduled passengers at Gatwick

05 05 2003

TELEVISION STAR Patsy ‘Bolly’ Stone (lookalike Sue Bradbury) greeted passengers checking-in for the inaugural Monarch Scheduled flight from London Gatwick last Thursday, May 1.

Monarch Scheduled is going head to head with the no frills airlines operating out of the airport by offering low cost with frills air travel to holiday hotspots in Spain and Portugal.

One-way fares* start from just £39**.

Monarch Scheduled will offer daily flights to Alicante and Malaga from Gatwick. Flights to Faro will depart three times weekly, rising to six flights a week from May 26.

The Gatwick launch forms part of plans to grow Monarch Scheduled by over 90% this summer in response to increased demand from independent travellers. In addition to the new Gatwick services the carrier – which currently flies out of London Luton and Manchester – is doubling capacity from the northwest.

BAA Gatwick’s communications director, Caroline Nicholls said: “On behalf of everyone at BAA Gatwick, I would like to extend a big warm welcome to Monarch Scheduled. Monarch’s charter service has enjoyed a long, successful history at Gatwick and I am sure their new scheduled service will prove equally popular. Their flights to Alicante, Malaga and Faro will provide our passengers with even more choice to these favourite sunshine destinations.”

Monarch Scheduled’s Jonathan Crick said: “We believe that Monarch Scheduled offers our customers one of the best value for money products in the low cost air travel market today. Our prices are amongst the most competitive, but we continue to offer in-flight ‘frills’ along with a strong customer service ethic, which we know our passengers value.”

A frequent flyer programme ‘Vantage Club’ is available for regular travellers. Click here to check flight availability or to make a booking, or Tel: 08700 40 63 00.

* Special fare available on flights from Gatwick to Faro booked between now and May 19, for travel on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from May 26 – July 9, 2003.

A digital photograph of Patsy 'Bolly' Stone (lookalike Sue Bradbury) with Jonathan Crick, Monarch Scheduled and Caroline Nicholls, BAA Gatwick is available from the press office.

**Update May 2004

Monarch Scheduled announced it is to introduce a new, innovative in-flight menu, which is available on all flights from 2004. Instead of offering the traditional set meal included in the price, passengers will now have the option of buying a delicious hot meal, freshly baked snack, light salad, imaginatively filled sandwich or full English breakfast - at any time of day.

Hot drinks are also available, plus a selection of wines, spirits and minerals. Fares include complimentary daily newspapers, hot towels, in-flight TV and reserved seating. A frequent flyer scheme - Vantage Club - offers a host of benefits for regular travellers.

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