Jet2 to launches Budapest/East Midlands route, a British low-cost airline based out of Leeds Bradford Airport, is to commence flights to Budapest, Hungary, from East Midlands Airport in the UK.

East Midlands will be the third UK airport from which Jet2 provides flights to Budapest, after Edinburgh and Manchester, and the flights will operate twice weekly with fares starting from £55 one way.

Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet 2, said, ‘We’re thrilled to be the only airline to give travellers from East Midlands and central England direct flights to this popular central European city, right from their doorstep. We’ve made this route available following huge customer demand so we are very confident it will be a great success.’

Kam Jandu, Budapest airport aviation director, added, ‘We are delighted that has decided to operate a new route to and from East Midlands, an expanding UK regional airport. Not only will this have a positive impact on the local economy, but it will give the people of Budapest a much needed link to central England.’

In addition to Leeds Bradford, Jet2 has operating bases in Belfast, Blackpool, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle. The company has approximately 42 aircraft in its fleet, flies to over 54 destinations, and carried 4.2 million passengers during 2011. Since its inception under the name Channel Express (Air Services) in 1978, the company had grown to employ about 1,500 employees as of January 2011, and adopted the Jet2 brand name in 2003.

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Monarch Airlines Offers More Route from East Midlands Airport

Monarch Airlines, a UK-based airline company, has announced a new route to Malta from East Midlands Airport in the UK, for the summer of 2013.

The new route will commence with twice-weekly flights from May 7, 2012, and seats have been available to book since November 16.

The managing director of Monarch Airlines, Kevin George, said, ‘We are delighted to be expanding our summer 2013 flights programme from East Midlands Airport with this brand new route for the airline which provides our customers with even more flexibility and choice.

Malta is a completely new scheduled destination for Monarch and we are sure that it will be a popular choice for our customers in the Midlands.’

Markus Klaushofer, the chief executive officer of Malta Airport, said, ‘It is with great pleasure that we welcome Monarch’s new flight from East Midlands to our beautiful islands. It is indeed of great satisfaction for us to add another airline operating to the UK, our largest market.

I am sure that Monarch’s passengers will find Malta attractive and we look forward to a fruitful relationship with the airline to ensure a long-term success in their operation to and from these islands.’

The airline has recently commenced operations from its newest hub, East Midlands Airport, and is currently offering new services to Lanzarote and Tenerife twice a week.

Kevin George added, ‘We are delighted to be expanding our winter 2012/13 flights programme from East Midlands Airport, our newest base, providing our customers in the Midlands with even more flexibility and choice. The launch of the Canary Islands flights, already a popular route from other airports, is a great opportunity for those who wish to escape the UK’s cold winters.

The rapid expansion of our network from East Midlands Airport is testament to our commitment to provide choice, value and superior customer service to more and more customers in the Midlands.’

Air France to provide East Midlands with worldwide gateway

East Midlands Airport, operated by Manchester Airports Group, is to become a gateway to worldwide travel with the commencement of flights to Paris by Air France.

The new Paris service, which will be carried out via a new code share agreement with UK-based low-cost airline, Flybe, will be twice daily and commence from the 28th of this month. Passengers will then be able to connect with Air France’s Paris hub at Charles De Gaulle Airport, and the 180 worldwide destinations that the French airline has to offer from there. This adds to other existing code share arrangements between the two airlines.

Bombardier Q400 aircraft will be used on the route, each with a 78-seat capacity.

Commenting on the new flights, Air France KLM UK and Ireland general manager, Henri Hourcade, said, ‘The new flights offer travellers from the East Midlands region a world of convenient onward connections to 117 long haul destinations, operated by Air France and our partners. We are very excited to be further expanding our services from East Midlands Airport through another joint venture with Flybe.’

The new flights are the latest coup for East Midlands Airport, which has steadily gained a number of routes and service providers in recent times, helping to maintain its profile despite the recent loss of defunct airline, Bmibaby. Monarch airlines has established a base at the airport and low-cost airline, Jet2, which commenced routes from East Midlands in May 2010, has said that it will expand its operations and routes from the summer of 2013.

Monarch Airlines Announces 2012 Summer Schedule from East Midlands Airport

Monarch Airlines, a UK-based airline company, has introduced its Summer 2012 programme from its new base in the East Midlands Airport in the UK.

The services from East Midlands Airport for Summer 2012 will commence from August 31, 2012, and will include daily flights to Malaga, Alicante, and Faro, in Portugal; and Palma in Majorca.

The flights are currently open for bookings at the airline website,

Commenting on the new routes, the airline managing director, Kevin George, said, ‘We are delighted to launch our first programme of Summer 2012 flights from East Midlands Airport, providing greater choice to customers in the Midlands. The launch of operations from East Midlands accelerates the strategy we announced last year to focus on the development of our scheduled operations into key leisure destinations across the Mediterranean, the Canaries and North Africa.

The new daily scheduled services to Malaga, Alicante, Faro and Majorca supports the airlines’ determination to deliver an all-encompassing proposition; offering choice, value and superior customer service from all of the major gateways in the UK.’

Ken O’Toole, the chief commercial officer of MAG, owner of East Midlands Airport, said, ‘We are proud to have played a part in bringing new business to the region and we very much look forward to officially welcoming our new partners to the East Midlands in August.

Monarch’s decision to start up a brand new operation here in the East Midlands shows the strength and potential of the East Midlands market and we’re keen to work with the airline to establish a strong home at the airport and play a part in helping the services to flourish.’

Ryanair Announces New Route from East Midlands to Cork

Ryanair, an Ireland-based low cost airline, has announced the launch of a new route from East Midlands Airport in England, to Cork in the Republic of Ireland.

The new, three times weekly route will commence operations from September 1, 2012, taking Ryanair’s total routes from East Midlands Airport to 37.

The company head of communications, Stephen McNamara, said, ‘Ryanair is pleased to announce a new East Midlands-Cork service starting in September 2012, which will be the 37th Ryanair route operating to/from East Midlands Airport.’

The airline is offering a celebratory fare of £12.99 for one million seats on flights to European destinations in July 2012.

The airline also intends to offer a new route from East Midland to Zadar, in Croatia, from July 2, 2012. Other new routes that the airline has recently commenced from East Midlands Airport include Barcelona (Spain); Almeria (Spain); La Rochelle (France); Corfu (Greece); Chania (Crete); and Rhodes (Greece).

The airline is currently offering new routes from Cork, to Alicante (Spain), which commenced from June 2, 2012; to Barcelona Reus (Spain) from June 1, 2012; to Bordeaux (France) from June 1, 2012; Carcassonne (France) from June 2, 2012; La Rochelle (France) June 3, 2012; and to Pisa (Italy) from June 1, 2012.

Ryanair has previously launched a separate website for hotel bookings, The new website is a collaboration between the airline and, an Australia-based hotel price comparison search engine, and it offers a portfolio of around 300,000 hotels across Europe.

Monarch Airlines Announces New Winter Service from UK Airports

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.’ Announces Eight New Routes from East Midlands Airport, a UK-based low-cost airline operating out of Leeds Bradford Airport, has announced new routes to cover the gap left by the suspension of operations by the airline, bmibaby, in the UK.

The airline is offering eight new destinations from East Midlands Airport, including Dubrovnik, in Croatia; Menorca, and Ibiza, in Spain; Nice, in France; Larnaca, in Cyprus; and Gran Canaria, in Canary Islands; as well as ski routes to Chambery, in France; and Geneva, in Switzerland. The new routes are part of the airline’s Winter 2012 and Summer 2013 programme.

To serve the new routes, the airline will be using an additional 737 aircraft from East Midlands airport for the summer of 2013, increasing capacity to around half a million seats, or a 36 percent increase.

Ian Doubtfire, the airline managing director, said, ‘Many local travellers have been affected by the decision to cancel bmibaby operations from East Midlands Airport. This is why we have decided today to launch our great value flights to eight new popular destinations, including the ski gateways of Chambery and Geneva. It is important to us that we give people continuity and ensure they can still enjoy travelling to their favourite destinations from their local airport.

It is undoubtedly a very exciting time for us at East Midlands Airport as we celebrate our second anniversary. We’ve been thrilled with the success of the past year but are very much looking forward to the next year, which will bring to the region more fantastic destinations, a new aircraft, even more capacity plus a further jobs boost. We are committed to East Midlands Airport and to giving our local passengers an unrivalled choice of city, sun and ski destinations.’

Monarch Airlines to Operate Out of East Midlands Airport in UK

Monarch Airlines, a UK-based airline company, will be operating out of East Midlands Airport, in addition to current operations at Birmingham Airport.

The airline will be operating out of its new base at East Midlands Airport from the late summer of 2012, offering flights to destinations including Malaga (Spain), Alicante (Spain), Palma (Majorca) and Faro (Portugal).

The airline is also planning an expansion of its operations from Birmingham Airport by offering more flights on existing routes to Malaga, Alicante, Faro, Rome and Palma, as well as a new service to Barcelona (Spain).

The airline is presently offering flights to around 20 European destinations from Birmingham Airport.

The airline managing director, Kevin George, said, ‘In light of recent industry changes, opportunities have opened up in the market. It has become clear that the Midlands will be underserved as a region in the future, and that there is a lack of quality carriers to serve customers travelling from the area.

As an airline with over 40 years heritage and a stronghold in the Midlands already, the expansion of our existing services from Birmingham and the launch of operations from East Midlands makes perfect sense for Monarch, and accelerates the strategy we announced last year to focus on the development of our scheduled operations into key leisure destinations across the Mediterranean, the Canaries and North Africa.

The further expansion of our services from the Midlands will provide even more customers in the Midlands with choice and flexibility and protects jobs at East Midlands Airport in the future.’