2008 News Archive - Flights - August washout creates mass exodus to Europe!

03 09 2007

- Another record flying month for Monarch’s scheduled services -

Award-winning low fares airline Monarch is celebrating yet another record breaking month after carrying 459,056 passengers on scheduled flights in August 2007, almost 100,000 passengers more than last August and the third month in a row that the airline has flown in excess of 400,000 passengers in one month.

The poor UK weather, which has seen maximum temperatures below average and the wettest summer on record, has enticed thousands of people to head for the far warmer climes of Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar and Cyprus.

Monarch’s passenger statistics for scheduled services during August 2007:

Passenger numbers (1):

August 2006: 359,209

August 2007: 459,056

% change: +27.80%

Load factor (2):

August 2006: 85.22%

August 2007: 86.08%

% change: +0.86%

Internet sales percentage (3):

August 2006: 86%

August 2007: 85%

% change: -1%

1. Represents the number of earned seats flown by Monarch. Earned seats include seats that are flown whether or not the passenger turns up because once a flight has departed a no-show customer is not entitled to change flights or seek a refund.

2. Represents the number of passengers as a proportion of the number of seats available for passengers.

3. Represents the number of seats sold via www.flyMonarch.com.

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Notes to editors:

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 and a refreshing hot towel service; 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.

Monarch Airlines operates both charter and low cost scheduled services.

Founded in 1968, Monarch Airlines is part of the Monarch group of companies together with Monarch Aircraft Engineering Ltd and tour operators Cosmos and seat-only specialists Avro. Monarch is one of the UK’s largest leisure airlines and the principal independent supplier of charter seats to tour operators large and small, flying to around 100 destinations across Europe, America, Africa and Asia from the UK’s principal and regional airports.

The scheduled service division of Monarch Airlines offers low cost services from Aberdeen, Birmingham, London Luton, London Gatwick and Manchester Airports to destinations in Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar and Cyprus.

The airline, based at Luton, operates one of the most well-equipped fleets in the skies today comprising 23 Airbus and eight Boeing aircraft.

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