2008 News Archive - Flights - New routes between the UK and Malaga

20 07 2005

As temperatures soar on the Costas, low cost airline Monarch Scheduled offers relief to sweltering Spaniards

Spaniards desperate for relief from soaring temperatures are being offered a chance to sample the delights of cooler British holiday resorts by low cost airline, Monarch Scheduled.

Today, the airline announces a major expansion to its already popular services from Malaga, offering Spanish tourists the opportunity to check out the ‘British Riviera’ resorts of Blackpool or Newquay, or even to sample the delights of skiing in the Highlands with the first direct service to Aberdeen. In addition, there will be even more flights to Monarch Scheduled’s existing base at Luton.

Tim Jeans, managing director, Monarch Scheduled comments, “Blackpool, Cornwall and the Scottish Highlands attract millions of tourists each year, so just as low cost airlines have opened up vast areas of Spain, Italy and France to the Brits, Monarch Scheduled is doing the same in reverse for Spanish tourists.

“The tourism authorities in all three destinations are right behind us and can’t wait for the influx of Spanish passengers – up to 30,000 that we’ll bring in each year.”

The announcement comes hot on the heels of last week’s news that UK resorts can expect an influx of Spanish holidaymakers as global warming sends temperatures rocketing to record highs on the Costas. They can now choose from seven destinations throughout the UK: London (Gatwick and Luton), Birmingham and Manchester and now, Aberdeen, Blackpool and Newquay. This expansion represents a 30% increase in capacity from Malaga and is the first time Monarch Scheduled has offered services to and from Scotland, signalling the airline’s commitment to rolling out its unique low-fare-high-service operation throughout the UK.

A 174-seater Airbus A320 aircraft will be based at Malaga. This aircraft has been recently reconfigured – an entire row of seats was removed, creating 48 extra-legroom seats offering passengers the opportunity to enjoy up to six extra inches of space for just £15 each way.

Seats on these brand new routes are on sale from today from just £39.99 one way including taxes (£74.99 return) from Blackpool and Newquay, and from only £49.99 one way including taxes (£94.99 return) from Aberdeen and flights commence from the beginning of November. 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.

Monarch Scheduled operates flights to Italy, Spain, Gibraltar and Portugal from Birmingham, London Gatwick, London Luton and Manchester.

For more information or to book, visit www.flymonarch.com or call 08700 40 63 00.

Notes to editors:

Beginning in November, the carrier will commence operations with:

  • daily flights between Malaga and Blackpool from 03 November

  • four flights per week (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat) between Malaga and Aberdeen from 04 November

  • three flights per week (Tue, Thu, Sun) between Malaga and Newquay from 03 November

  • three extra flights per week (Tue, Thu, Sun) between Malaga and Luton (in addition to the existing eight per week) from 03 November

  • 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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