2008 News Archive - Flights - Monarch Scheduled sees bookings surge with bad weather

03 08 2005

- low cost airline helps thousands flee disappointing British summer -

As torrential rain and tornadoes lashed down on the UK last week, thousands of Brits gave up hope of a decent British summer and headed for the web to book their August getaway to the sunshine. Low cost airline, Monarch Scheduled saw bookings leap by 88% year-on-year as customers rushed to grab the last remaining seats on flights to a variety of European hotspots. Making just under 50,000 bookings, the most popular routes reflected the British desire for a sunny escape - Malaga, Alicante and Tenerife.

It’s still not too late to book a seat to the sunshine – there are still some great deals available, simply visit www.flymonarch.com for the very latest fares and up-to-the-minute offers. The new-improved “Bargain Hunter” feature, used by one in three visitors to the site, provides a quick and easy reference to the lowest fares currently available.

Bargain Hunter is just one click away from the home page and is updated every weekday to ensure it's as up-to-date as possible. Here are some current bargains to whet your appetite:

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  • Barcelona – Fly on 25 September from Manchester, from just £43 one way including taxes

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  • Faro – Fly on 26 or 28 September from London Luton, from just £44 one way including taxes

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  • Gibraltar – Fly on 12 September from London Luton, from just £43 one way including taxes

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  • Granada – Fly on 29 or 30 August from London Gatwick, from just £39 one way including taxes

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  • Madrid – Fly on 10 or 11 September from Manchester, from just £49 one way including taxes

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  • Malaga – Fly on 19 September from London Gatwick, from just £45 one way including taxes

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  • Palma – Fly on 27 September from Manchester, from just £49 one way including taxes

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  • Monarch Scheduled operates flights to Italy, Spain, Gibraltar and Portugal from Aberdeen, Birmingham, Blackpool, London Gatwick, London Luton, Manchester and Newquay. Fares 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 £2.50. 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.

    Notes to web-editors:

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

    Notes to editors:

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    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 Birmingham, London Luton, London Gatwick and Manchester Airports to destinations in Italy, 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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