2008 News Archive - Flights - Monarch's one million milestone!

01 02 2008

- one millionth Monarch passenger travels Gatwick to Malaga -

Low fares airline Monarch is today celebrating a significant milestone as it welcomes its 1 millionth scheduled passenger onboard its Gatwick to Malaga service, and surprised two lucky passengers to mark the occasion.

Roderick and Hazel MacArthur from Rotherfield, East Sussex, were Monarch's millionth passengers to travel on the Gatwick - Malaga route and were presented with a pair of free flights courtesy of the award-winning airline as they checked in for their flight this morning. The lucky couple also received complimentary meals and drinks onboard and a bottle of champagne to assist the celebrations.

Roderick MacArthur said, "We're thrilled to be Monarch’s one millionth Gatwick - Malaga passengers and are delighted with the free flights. We travel to Malaga around five or six times a year as we own a house over there and always fly with Monarch to make the most of their low fares and frequent flyer scheme, which rewards us with benefits. This has been a fantastic start to our holiday and we'll be booking our free flights as soon as we get back!"

Commenting on today’s milestone, Liz Savage, Managing Director of Monarch's scheduled services said, "We are delighted to surprise Mr and Mrs MacArthur with these flights and look forward to welcoming them onboard again very soon.

"Today’s milestone is a great achievement. We began operating flights to Malaga when we launched our scheduled services from Gatwick in May 2003 and demand for the route continues to grow. This year we have already sold 76,000 seats and this summer we will be operating up to 38 flights per week on the route."

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 £5 per one-way flight to avoid the last minute free-for-all experienced on some other airlines, or from only £15, 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 monarch.co.uk or call 0871 225 3884.

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Picture caption:

Pictured are – Monarch’s one millionth Gatwick-Malaga passengers, Roderick and Hazel MacArthur and Monarch’s PR & Communications Executive, James Frankland

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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 Birmingham, London Luton, London Gatwick and Manchester Airports to destinations in Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar and Cyprus.

The airline, based at Luton, operates one of the most well-equipped fleets in the skies today comprising 23 Airbus and eight Boeing aircraft.

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