2008 News Archive - Flights - Another one bites the dust! Monarch sees off third airline on the Manchester to Barcelona route

22 06 2007

Award winning low fares airline Monarch has successfully seen off a third airline on the Manchester to Barcelona route as a result of its low fares, high quality service and convenient flight times.

Monarch’s daily scheduled flights to Barcelona were launched in November 2003, in direct competition with Iberia, who were the legacy carrier on the route, plus BMIBaby, who also launched services in the same year. Both carriers subsequently withdrew from the route with Monarch operating as the sole carrier for a number of years.

In March 2007 however, Jet2.com introduced flights between the two cities to compete head-to-head with Monarch. Despite only operating on the route for three months Jet2.com are withdrawing services and have taken flights off-sale from September 2007.

flyMonarch.com’s managing director, Liz Savage commented on the news, “The launch of a new carrier on a route is great for consumers as it provides a wider selection of fares and flight times between the competing airlines. Marketshare statistics for the Manchester to Barcelona route reflect however that after initial interest in Jet2.com’s flights, their passenger numbers have been dropping as customers return to fly with Monarch. It is a great indicator to Monarch that is offering its customers what they want – low fares and a great level of service.”

Monarch operates scheduled flights to Spain, Gibraltar, Portugal and Cyprus from Aberdeen, Birmingham, London Gatwick, London Luton and Manchester airports and was named as Leisure Airline of the Year in recent Travel Industry Awards. Fares on Monarch flights include complimentary daily newspapers, a refreshing hot towel service and there is no charge for checking in baggage – if within your 20kg allowance; also available is a unique range of tasty hot and cold meals with prices from £3.00. Seats can be pre-booked at £5 per one-way flight to avoid the last minute free-for-all experienced on some other airlines, or for only £15, why not try one of our 48 extra-legroom seats which offer up to six inches of extra space? Regular travellers are rewarded too, with a range of benefits through the airline’s loyalty scheme, Vantage Club.

Passengers travelling on scheduled flights can also avoid the queues at the airport and take advantage of online check-in which is available between 24 and 4.5 hours prior to departure or from 36 hours if you are a Vantage Club member.

For more information or to book, visit www.flymonarch.com or call 08700 40 63 00.

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