2008 News Archive - Holidays - Monarch launches new route to Murcia

12 12 2006

A new route from London Gatwick to Murcia promises has been launched by Monarch in response to surging demand in recent months.

British Airways abandoned the Gatwick to Murcia route in October 2005, but the popularity of Murcia has sky-rocketed in the intervening period as British holidaymakers have taken to its perfect climate and spectacular landscapes.

Monarch's new route will operate daily from May 3rd next year and tickets are already on sale.

Tim Jeans, the managing director of the airline's scheduled services, said: "Since launching services to Murcia from Birmingham in April this year we have carried over 45,000 passengers to the Costa Calida and are confident that the addition of the route from Gatwick will be another huge success for Monarch and a popular year-round destination for our customers in the south-east."

Golfers, in particular, have developed a passion for Murcia in recent years, but the stunning coastline and popular nature reserves have also proved vital in attracting visitors.

Nearby La Manga – the golf and tennis resort – inevitably draws those looking to emulate the rich and famous, but others prefer the likes of Mosa Golf Club or Club de Golf Altorreal.

Sun-worshippers tend to head to the region's spectacular beaches, with La Puntica, Bolnuevo, Percheles and Amarilla all popular options.

Monarch has revealed that prices from Gatwick to Murcia will start at £41.99 one way (£68.99 return) including all taxes and charges. These fares include complimentary daily newspapers, a hot towel service and a 20-kilogram luggage allowance.


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