2008 News Archive - Flights - Monarch traffic rises by 8% on scheduled services in May!

02 06 2008

Despite other airlines currently reporting lower than expected results, May saw a huge increase in passenger numbers and load factor for low fares airline Monarch on it’s scheduled services compared to the same period last year.

May also saw the airline launch a new five-flights-a-week service from Manchester to Larnaca (Cyprus), as well as the re-introduction of flights from Birmingham, Gatwick and Manchester to Ibiza for the summer season.

Monarch’s passenger statistics for scheduled services during May 2008:

Passenger numbers (1):

May 2008: 406,750

May 2007: 375,467

% change: +8.33%

Load factor (2):

May 2008: 81.33%

May 2007: 79.90%

% change: +1.93%

Internet sales percentage (3):

May 2008: 88%

May 2007: 85%

% change: +3%

Overall, for both scheduled and charter services, Monarch carried a total of 657,056 passengers during May 2008.

1. Represents the number of earned seats flown by Monarch. Earned seats include seats that are flown whether or not the passenger turns up because once a flight has departed a no-show customer is not entitled to change flights or seek a refund.

2. Represents the number of passengers as a proportion of the number of seats available for passengers.

3. Represents the percentage of total seats sold via www.monarch.co.uk.

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Notes to editors:

Monarch operates scheduled flights to Spain, Gibraltar, Portugal and Cyprus from Birmingham, London Gatwick, London Luton and Manchester airports and was named as Leisure Airline of the Year in recent Travel Industry Awards for the second year in succession. In addition to year-round low fares, Monarch also offers a unique range of tasty hot and cold meals onboard with prices from £3.00. Seats can be pre-booked at £6 per one-way flight to avoid the last minute free-for-all experienced on some other airlines, or from only £15, 48 extra-legroom seats are available 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.

Passengers travelling on scheduled flights can also avoid the queues at the airport and take advantage of online check-in which is available between seven days and 4.5 hours prior to departure.

For more information or to book, visit www.monarch.co.uk or call 0871 225 3884.

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