Monarch Airlines, a UK-based airline company, will be launching twelve new routes for winter 2012 from Leeds Bradford International Airport, in the UK.
The company is planning to offer new routes to ski destinations including Grenoble airport in France, the Friedrichshafen and Munich airports in Germany, and to tourist resort destinations including Funchal on the Portuguese island of Madeira.
The new services include flights from London Gatwick Airport to Friedrichshafen, Funchal (Madeira), and Munich; from Manchester Airport to Friedrichshafen, Grenoble, and Munich; from Birmingham Airport to Funchal (Madeira), Grenoble, and Munich; and more routes planned to Sharm el Sheikh Airport on Egypt’s Red Sea.
Kevin George, the airport managing director, said, ‘The launch of these routes for winter 2012/13 marks an exciting new era for Monarch as we introduce our first programme of scheduled ski flights and target a new customer base of skiers looking to fly to Grenoble, Friedrichshafen, Munich as well as via our numerous Italian destinations. The network will also be further strengthened by the addition of services from Leeds Bradford International Airport, which will be launching this winter, and we are delighted to be able to bring our high levels of care and service to customers travelling from West Yorkshire in the future.
This news comes on the back of our announcement last week regarding Monarch’s expansion in the Midlands through the introduction of additional frequencies and routes from Birmingham Airport, and the launch of a new base at East Midlands Airport from late summer 2012. The addition of expanded services in the Midlands, combined with 12 new winter routes will add almost one million seats to the Monarch programme over the next 12 months and supports our growth plans for the airline over the coming years.’