2008 News Archive - Flights - Early bookings for summer flights soar with Monarch Scheduled

23 01 2003

Early-bookings for summer flights on Monarch Scheduled to holiday-hotspots in Spain and Portugal are up 83% on 2002.

The statistics relate to seat reservations to date on Monarch Scheduled flights departing between May – October 2003, compared to number of bookings made this time last year for the summer period.

Monarch Scheduled has announced 75% capacity growth this summer to meet demand, with the introduction of a new programme from London Gatwick – and increased flight frequencies from Manchester.

From May 1, 2003, departures from London Gatwick will serve Alicante and Malaga daily, with a Faro flight three times a week. Manchester flights to Alicante, Malaga and Faro will double in frequency and Palma will launch as a new route.

Monarch Scheduled will continue to operate a busy Luton programme offering flights to Alicante, Malaga, Gibraltar, Tenerife, Menorca and Faro.

The airline expects to carry 800,000 scheduled passengers from the UK this summer.

Monarch Scheduled’s commercial director Jonathan Crick said: “We predicted an up-turn in early-bookings this January following last year’s slow start, which was a result of September 11, however the figures for summer 2003 so far have exceeded expectations.

“The return of consumer confidence and the growing trend for independent travel have meant a bumper start for summer bookings. With the threat of war in the middle east, holiday-makers are looking to the traditional European hot-spots such as Spain and Portugal.”

Passenger traffic over the Christmas break also showed a significant leap, with 29% more people flying Monarch Scheduled out of Luton and Manchester during the month of December than the same month in 2001.

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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