2008 News Archive - Flights - Monarch withdraws Manchester-Gibraltar service

11 04 2006

Low cost airline Monarch has confirmed the withdrawal of its Manchester-Gibraltar service.

The four-times weekly service will end on 19th July 2006 - terminating Gibraltar's only direct link to the North of England.

Monarch blames the Government of Gibraltar for failing to put forward any proposals which would have reduced the high cost of operating to the Rock.

On the decision, Monarch's scheduled services Managing Director Tim Jeans said:

"We've been endeavouring to persuade the Government of Gibraltar to address the issue of costs since September last year and absolutely nothing has been done. There have been plenty of warm words and promises of 'meetings' - but all that has happened is that costs have risen, and are set to rise further. Quite how the Government of Gibraltar can expect to share the benefits of low cost access when all it does is procrastinate and dither is beyond me."

Monarch will re-deploy the aircraft used on the route to increase services to Malaga and Palma, and is keen to stress that its daily service to London Luton is unaffected by the decision to end Manchester services.

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