2008 News Archive - Flights - Monarch Scheduled continues to expand as it launches new direct routes from Manchester to Gibraltar and Tenerife

25 07 2003

Low cost carrier Monarch Scheduled announces that it is to launch two new routes – Gibraltar and Tenerife - as it continues its rapid expansion from Manchester.

The airline will operate its daily Tenerife service from 1 November and thrice-weekly Gibraltar flight from 3 November and is the only scheduled carrier to operate these routes non-stop. Fares* start from just £42 one way (or £74 return) to Gibraltar, and £51 one way (or £91 return) to Tenerife.**

Monarch Scheduled already operates daily or twice daily services from Manchester to Alicante, Faro and Malaga, as well as Palma de Mallorca, which was successfully introduced in May this year. These additional routes as well as growth on existing services means that Monarch Scheduled’s programme from Manchester will have increased by 169 per cent since last winter, firmly positioning the operator as the leading low cost airline from Manchester airport.

Jonathan Crick, commercial director, commented: “The Monarch Scheduled programme from Manchester continues to go from strength to strength despite tough competition. We believe that our unique low cost with frills offering is the best value on the market.”

The airline has introduced these routes in response to demand from passengers from the north who have long awaited a service which will allow their customers the flexibility and convenience of a regular scheduled service with no minimum stay restrictions.

Jonathan Crick explains: “Many of our passengers are regular travellers – typically property owners, business travellers and people taking short breaks - and they are looking for low fares with convenience and flexibility. Up until now passengers travelling from the north either had to fly to Gibraltar and Tenerife from a London airport or take a charter flight which normally ties them to a weekly duration. In the case of Gibraltar there were no direct flights at all from the north, so passengers had to fly into Malaga, which is clearly not a convenient option for those bound for any destination on the Costa del Sol south of Marbella.

Jonathan Crick added: “Passengers have been crying out for us to introduce these routes for a long time, and we are delighted to be able to satisfy their demands.”

John Spooner, managing director of Manchester Airport said: "We are delighted that Monarch Scheduled is launching services to Gibraltar and Tenerife. I'm sure they will inevitably attract passengers who seek flexible holidays to these two popular destinations. This is clearly good news for Manchester Airport."

* all fares quoted include taxes and a £5 internet booking discount per one-way flight (£10 discount on a return fare. Please note that promotional fares are not valid on all days/flights and are subject to availability.

**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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