2008 News Archive - Flights - Monarch gears up for record Easter

11 04 2006

- UK airports set to handle 250,000 Monarch passengers -

Snow and record low temperatures have provided an Easter bonus for low cost airline Monarch. A record 250,000 passengers will head south in search of sun where temperatures in Spain and Portugal this weekend should be at least 20 degrees warmer than in the UK.

It’s hardly surprising that the Costa del Sol is proving to be the most popular getaway from the UK with flights over 95% full. Alicante, Palma and Faro will each handle over 20,000 Monarch passengers – up 60% on last Easter.

Monarch’s managing Director, Tim Jeans, said “This weeks snow has been the final straw for thousands hoping for a thaw in the English weather.” He added, “We’ve managed to add more seats to Palma and Faro, so even now it’s not too late to get away.”

It’s not too late to grab a great deal to the sun with Monarch – just visit www.flymonarch.com where the ‘Bargain Hunter’ tool will provide you with up-to-the-minute details of the best deals still available on the site.

Monarch operates scheduled flights from Aberdeen, Birmingham, Blackpool, London Gatwick, London Luton, Newquay and Manchester to a range of destinations in Spain, Portugal and Gibraltar. Fares start from just £34.99 one way including taxes (£61.99 return) and 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.

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

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Notes to web-editors:

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

Notes to editors:

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, Newquay 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 19 Airbus and eight Boeing aircraft.

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