2008 News Archive - Flights - Withdrawal of Monarch scheduled services between Newquay and Malaga

21 02 2006

Monarch’s scheduled services between Newquay and Malaga will be withdrawn from 30 April 2006.

The continuation of the route, which launched in November last year, has proved to be unsustainable in light of the introduction of the airport levy by Cornwall County Council – a fee that Monarch was unaware of when announcing the route in July 2005. The levy, which is charged at £5 per departing passenger, makes flying to Cornwall more expensive than other regional airports and chokes off demand from overseas visitors.

Commenting on the withdrawal of the service, Monarch’s Managing Director Tim Jeans said, “The decision to withdraw our flights between Newquay and Malaga is regrettable, but Cornwall County Council have brought this upon themselves. When the service began in November 2005, I made it clear that Newquay had placed itself at a disadvantage to other airports in our network, with the imposition of the departure levy. We have now taken the difficult decision to withdraw from one of the three routes we launched late last year, but the inflexible attitude of the Council, compared to the encouragement and support we’ve received in Blackpool and Aberdeen, has made the choice to withdraw from Newquay straightforward.

"I apologise to the thousands of passengers who have supported us since launch, and join with them in feeling badly let down by the very people who should have encouraged us to develop our operations in Cornwall, and who forced us out after just six months.”

Services will continue to operate with three flights per week* until Sunday 30 April with fares starting from £39.99 one way including online discount (£76.50 return). Bookings for flights can be made via www.flymonarch.com.

* Flights between Newquay and Malaga currently operate on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

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