2008 News Archive - Flights - BA woes see Monarch Scheduled’s August traffic increase by almost 50%

01 09 2005

- busiest month EVER as airline breaks through the 300,000 barrier for the first time -

While BA dealt with the fallout from its catering debacle and passengers deserted the flag carrier in their droves, low cost airline Monarch Scheduled continued to grow rapidly and is delighted to announce a 49% increase in passenger traffic for August 2005, compared with the same period last year.

For the first time ever, Monarch Scheduled broke its own record and carried in excess of 300,000 passengers in just one month, almost 100,000 more than the same month last year. The airline flew 303,547 passengers* in August, compared with 203,745 in August 2004. The load factor was 87%.

Taking over the helm from BA, who have been busy recently dropping routes from both Birmingham and Manchester, Monarch Scheduled is now the largest international carrier from Manchester and broke another of its own records in August, by carrying more than 30,000 passengers on a single route (Manchester-Malaga) – the first time the airline has achieved this figure. Monarch Scheduled will also be increasing services to the vibrant Spanish city in November with new routes launching from Blackpool, Newquay and Aberdeen.

Monarch Scheduled operates flights to Italy, Spain, Gibraltar and Portugal from Aberdeen, Birmingham, Blackpool, London Gatwick, London Luton, Manchester and Newquay. Fares 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 £2.50. Seats can be pre-booked at £5 per one-way flight to avoid the last minute free-for-all, or you might prefer to try one of the 48 extra-legroom seats which offer up to six inches of extra space for just £15 each way. Regular travellers are rewarded too, with a range of benefits through the airline’s loyalty scheme, Vantage Club.

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

*Represents the number of earned seats flown by Monarch Scheduled. 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.

Notes to editors:

Monarch Airlines operates both charter and scheduled services, branded Monarch and Monarch Scheduled respectively.

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.

Monarch Scheduled is the scheduled service division of Monarch Airlines offering services from Birmingham, London Luton, London Gatwick and Manchester Airports to destinations in Italy, Spain, Portugal and Gibraltar.

The airline, based at Luton, operates one of the most well-equipped fleets in the skies today comprising 19 Airbus and eight Boeing aircraft.

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