2008 News Archive - Flights - Further expansion for Monarch Scheduled from the bargain flights capital of the Midlands

10 11 2005

- Low cost airline launches flights from Birmingham International Airport to Almeria -

Hot on the heels of Monarch Scheduled’s September announcement of expansion from Birmingham International Airport, the low cost carrier today launches yet another new route with the addition of Almeria to its rapidly expanding network.

From 05 May 2006, Monarch Scheduled will operate three flights per week* to this Spanish hotspot, situated in the easternmost province in Andalucía and the gateway to some of Spain’s most beautiful and least crowded beaches. Seats go on sale today via www.flymonarch.com from as little as £48.99 one way including all taxes (£88.99 return).

Commenting on the developments, Tim Jeans, managing director of Monarch Scheduled said, “Birmingham is quickly becoming one of Monarch Scheduled’s most popular bases and we have been delighted by the response of the people from the Midlands to our expansion plans for 2006. Having already sold in excess of 24,000 seats for Summer 2006, I am confident that the addition of Almeria to the programme will prove to be another huge success for Monarch Scheduled and a popular year round destination for our customers in the Midlands.”

Monarch Scheduled only recently announced new services from Birmingham International Airport to Murcia (four times per week*), Menorca (three times per week*) and Palma de Mallorca (once per week*) for 2006. In addition, flights to the popular hotspots of Tenerife and Alicante will continue, and a vastly increased capacity will be added to a number of other existing routes:

five extra flights per week to Malaga* – this means a double-daily service to and from the Costa del Sol’s most popular city each Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and represents a 40% capacity increase on the route compared to Summer 05

a 600% increase in frequency to Faro* – proving such a popular route, flights to the Algarve will operate everyday instead of just once per week

Monarch Scheduled’s Birmingham base began operating flights to four destinations in April 2005 and this increases to eight destinations from Summer ’06. Fares start from just £43.99 one way including all taxes (£78.99 return) and 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 and 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.

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Notes to editors:

New and existing route frequencies:

Almeria – new route, three times per week 05.05.06

Murcia – new route, twice per week from 10.02.06, increasing to four per week from 01.05.06

Menorca – new route, three times per week from 03.05.06

Palma – new route, once per week from 07.05.06

Malaga – daily with double daily flights on four days per week from 25.05.06-24.09.06, increasing to double daily flights on five days per week from 24.07.06-04.09.06

Faro – increases to daily service from 01.05.06

Tenerife – four flights per week

Alicante – remains three flights per week

Lead-in fares for all Summer ’06 routes from Birmingham:

Alicante – from £43.99 one way including taxes (£78.99 return)

Almeria – from £48.99 one way including taxes (£88.99 return)

Faro – from £43.99 one way including taxes (£83.99 return)

Malaga – from £43.99 one way including taxes (£78.99 return)

Menorca – from £48.99 one way including taxes (£88.99 return)

Murcia – from £48.99 one way including taxes (£83.99 return)

Palma – from £43.99 one way including taxes (£78.99 return)

Tenerife – from £68.99 one way including taxes (£140.999 return)

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 Aberdeen, Birmingham, Blackpool, London Luton, London Gatwick, Manchester and Newquay Airports to destinations in 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.

Notes to web-editors:

If linking to the Monarch Scheduled website, please link to: www.flymonarch.com

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