2008 News Archive - Flights - Monarch expands services in Birmingham and Manchester

26 06 2006

Low fares airline, Monarch, has today announced expansion plans at two of its key UK bases, which further strengthens the airline’s position as the leading low cost carrier in both Birmingham and Manchester.

Expansion plans in Birmingham for Summer 2007 include the addition of new aircraft, the creation of 50 new jobs, the launch of a new service to Ibiza as well as 50% more flights which will see schedules to Alicante, Palma and Murcia doubling in frequency.

This will mean that only 15 months after the airline’s first flight from the Midlands, Monarch will base four aircraft, employ over 200 people and carry over half a million passengers from Birmingham.

Whilst the rest of the Summer 2007 schedule has not yet been published, Monarch has confirmed that it is also to launch flights to Jerez from Manchester, with services starting on 25 March 2007. These will be the only direct flights between the UK and Jerez from anywhere outside of London.

Commenting on the expansion plans, managing director of Monarch’s scheduled services, Tim Jeans, said, “It’s simple – passengers love our service and come back for more. They’re fed up with cattle-truck conditions and catering from the British Rail era. They want to be treated like paying customers and that’s what Monarch delivers on every flight.”

Jeans continues, “We’re now the number one international carrier from Manchester and well on the way to that status in Birmingham. We’re a service business and by keeping our passengers happy, Monarch will keep growing.

“The introduction of the new services to both Ibiza and Jerez are great news for passengers travelling from Birmingham and Manchester. The addition of a further Airbus A321 aircraft in Birmingham also allows us to increase the number of flights operated from the airport to 120 per week and enables us to provide our Midlands passengers with increased frequencies to match their demand”.

Flights from Birmingham for Summer 2007 plus flights between Manchester and Jerez have gone on sale today and can be booked via www.flymonarch.com or by calling 08700 40 63 00.

Monarch operates scheduled flights to Spain, Gibraltar and Portugal from Aberdeen, Birmingham, Blackpool, London Gatwick, London Luton and Manchester. Fares include complimentary daily newspapers, a refreshing hot towel service and require no additional payment for checking-in baggage; 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, or for only £15, why not try one of the 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.

Notes to editors

Monarch will operate the following scheduled flights from Birmingham for Summer 2007

Ibiza – new route operating Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun from 24 May with fares from £39.99 one way

Alicante – daily flights, increasing to 8 flights per week from 21 July with fares from £39.99 one way

Palma – increases to 8 flights per week with fares from £39.99 one way

Murcia – increases to daily flights with fares from £44.99 one way

Almeria – remains 3 flights per week with fares from £44.99 one way

Faro – remains a daily service with fares from £39.99 one way

Lanzarote – remains a once weekly service with fares from £65.99 one way

Malaga – remains a daily flight, with twice daily services on Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun (during peak summer) and fares from £39.99 one way

Menorca – remains 4 flights per week with fares from £44.99 one way

Tenerife – remains 4 flights per week with fares from £65.99 one way

Manchester to Jerez flights launch on 25 March 2007 and will operate four times per week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Fares start from £45 one way.

Notes to web-editors:

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

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, Blackpool, London Luton, London Gatwick and Manchester 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 20 Airbus and eight Boeing aircraft.

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