Monarch announces summer 2017 schedule from Birmingham Airport

Monarch, a leading UK-based airline group, has recently announced the launch of its summer schedule for 2017 – including both flight service and comprehensive holiday packages – from Birmingham Airport. 

The summer schedule for 2017 includes some of Monarch’s popular city breaks like Venice, Madrid and Lisbon as well as other summer destinations including the Algarve, Majorca, Malaga and the Canary Islands, the airport said in a release. The budget airline has released more than 90 per cent of its summer schedule – as on date, there are 22 routes to popular destinations available for booking from Birmingham Airport for summer 2017.

Marjan Schoeke, Head of Network Development for Monarch, said: ‘We know our customers like time to plan their holidays in advance and take advantage of the best fares. With flights for Summer 2017 now on sale this gives our customers a chance to book flights to their favourite destinations and get excited about next Summer’s holidays.’

Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport said: ‘It is great news that Monarch has put its Summer 2017 flights on sale from Birmingham Airport offering passengers the chance to book their Summer holidays for next year. With the choice of 22 routes covering Italy, the Canary Islands, Spain and Portugal passengers can plan ahead for some Summer sunshine.’

Holiday packages include carefully chosen accommodation facilitates and flights including 20kgs of baggage and the option to add an airport transfer and other extras to the booking. All Monarch holidays can be booked with a £59 deposit when booking 10 weeks or more in advance. Customers can also take advantage of Monarch’s Holiday Concierge service, it said.

Separately, Monarch said that it has released a total of 84 routes to 27 popular destinations for summer 2017 from UK airports including Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, London Luton, London Gatwick and Manchester. Further flights, holidays and additional routes will be added to the summer 2017 schedule in the coming months.

Monarch announces expansion of summer 2016 schedule

UK airline group Monarch has announced the addition of flights and holidays to its summer 2016 schedule. The expansion includes two new routes: Manchester, London Gatwick and Birmingham to Lisbon and Birmingham to Madrid.

Monarch also said that an additional Airbus A320 aircraft will be based at Birmingham Airport for summer 2016. This brings the total number of aircraft flying for Monarch to 35, with nine based at Birmingham.

The new flight services from Birmingham to Madrid will commence on June 17, 2016, operating thrice weekly, while the new Birmingham-Lisbon route will start from June 20, 2016, with four services per week. The fares start from £79 for both. The Manchester-Lisbon route will commence on May 5, 2016, while Gatwick-Lisbon will start on May 3, 2016, both operating three flights per week with fares starting from £69.

Following the launch of flights from London Luton earlier this month, a new route from Manchester to Tel Aviv will start on April 19, 2016, operating thrice weekly with fares starting from £110. Other additional routes to existing Monarch destinations (from other bases) are also now on sale.

The additional routes include twice weekly flights from Manchester to Madeira (Funchal) starting May 1, 2016 with fares starting from £79; thrice weekly London Gatwick – Almeria service starting from May 3, 2016 with fares from £69; four flights per week from London Gatwick to Gibraltar starting May 1, 2016 also from £69; and a weekly London Gatwick – Gran Canaria service commencing from May 5, 2016 with fares starting from £89.00.

The extended summer 2016 schedule also includes additional services to several of the airline’s most popular destinations such as Malaga, Alicante, Palma de Mallorca and Tenerife offering customers a chance to escape for a weekend or a longer break to some of Europe’s most popular leisure destinations. The services are all available for booking at

Marjan Schoeke, Monarch’s Head of Network Development comments: ‘We continuously refine and develop our network strategy looking closely at where and at what time our customers want to fly. We are delighted to announce that for Summer 16 we will launch two new destinations to Lisbon and Madrid both of which we know will be a popular choice with our customers. In addition and based on customer demand we will also be launching a Manchester to Tel Aviv service. This follows on from a successful launch of flights from Luton at the beginning of December. In total over 2100 flights have been added to our network for summer 2016.’

Monarch announces major investments to improve customer service

Monarch Group, a UK-based scheduled leisure airline, has announced plans for major investments in staff training and new aircraft as part of its customer service improvement efforts.

Speaking at the UK Aviation Club, the group’s executive chairman, Ian Rawlinson, said that all Monarch employees would participate in an Olympics-inspired training programme to enhance customer service.

‘It is good to see other travel groups following Monarch’s lead on customer service. For over 50 years Monarch has believed that customers should feel that, after safety, their comfort is our first priority. This is why we have begun a programme to have all of our 3,000 employees undergo the Olympics-inspired WorldHost training programme that was used to train volunteers for the London 2012 Olympics,’

Mr. Rawlinson also announced plans for an extensive fleet renewal to deliver 60 new jets to replace some existing aircraft and more than double its current fleet in Birmingham by 2020. Monarch is currently in the final stages of a tender process with Airbus, Boeing and Bombardier to re-equip its short-haul fleet, with the intention of delivering Europe’s youngest fleet by 2021, with an average aircraft age of three years.

Mr. Rawlinson said: ‘Our industry should be one where customers are valued and have choice. It should be an industry which is respected, safe, offers true value and where customers come first. Customers do not return if they’re treated as second class citizens.

‘Our values revolve round the customer always coming first. We may have been modest in talking about it at Monarch but our renewed emphasis on this goal, across all our businesses, is quite deliberate. We see this as merely taking the DNA of the Monarch Group and putting it on show. It is part of a strategy where customers are valued and have choice, are respected, safe, offered true value and where customers come first.’

Monarch has also recently completed construction of a major 110,000 sq ft maintenance depot at Birmingham Airport. It will complement Monarch’s existing heavy maintenance facilities in the UK at London Luton and Manchester Airports.

One of the few depots to offer maintenance facilities for the new Boeing Dreamliner globally, the new Birmingham facility is expected to create more than 200 jobs, The Birmingham Mail said in its report.

Monarch Airlines to start German ski routes

The UK’s Monarch Airlines is looking to introduce ski routes to Friedrichshafen airport in southern Germany for the coming winter.

Monarch Airlines is a UK-based scheduled leisure airline operating from six bases in the UK – Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford and Luton, where it is based. The airline operates flights to holiday destinations principally around the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands – including Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Italy, Madeira, Portugal, Spain and Turkey – and to ski destinations during the winter.

The newly introduced, six times weekly flights will run from Gatwick and Manchester from December until April 2014. Friedrichshafen is a 90-minute transfer by coach, car or train to ski resorts in Switzerland, Austria, Leichtenstein and Germany, including St Anton, Lech, Zurs and Flims-Laax.

Monarch managing director, Kevin George, said: ‘After successfully launching our new scheduled flights to ski destinations last winter 12/13, we are keen to highlight our products and services to ski and snowboard travellers who are beginning to think about their winter holiday for this year.

‘Working with a key ski destination airport such as Friedrichshafen provides our great ski offering to customers.’ More than 50,000 skiers used Friedrichshafen as their gateway to the Alps last winter.

Monarch is currently undertaking an expansion programme that will see its fleet grow in size from 32 aircraft in 2012, to 38 during this financial year to October 2013. The airline recently took delivery of two new Airbus A320 aircraft.

With the addition, Monarch became the first UK airline to operate aircraft fitted with Airbus Sharklets. The enhancements to the wingtips are claimed to save fuel, increase performance, lower carbon emissions and improve payload by up to 450kg. The Sharklets cut down on aerodynamic drag by helping to reduce the spiral shaped vortices that are formed at the wingtips of any aircraft during flight.

Monarch Airlines plans major fleet renewal

Monarch Airlines, a charter and scheduled airline operator based in Luton, UK, is planning a major renewal of its fleet of aircraft.

The company is intending to place an order for 60 new aircraft this autumn, with the incoming aircraft replacing some of the existing fleet, while others will allow the company to expand. In the interim, the company will operate 39 aircraft and lease any additional aircraft needed to service short-term expansion. On fulfilment of the order the group will only be operating two aircraft types.

The exact aircraft to be ordered are still under consideration, with a choice between those manufactured by Boeing, AirBus and Bombardier. Whichever manufacturer is chosen, Monarch will be hoping to take its first deliveries from 2015. This requirement could preclude the company from ordering the very latest technology, as those aircraft are unlikely to be available before 2018 to 2019. Deliveries on the order would likely continue until 2024.

Robert Palmer, the company’s group finance director, said, ‘We have a choice of existing and new technology [aircraft] which have significant advantages on operating costs. Our natural preference is for new technology. There is always a risk with old technology that it will become obsolete faster. But most of the new technology aircraft will not be available until 2018-19. We are also looking carefully at pricing. If everyone wants new aircraft, it presents an economic opportunity.’

The company is also intending to place an order for new long-haul aircraft during 2014.

Monarch Airlines commenced business in 1968 and now operates out of six UK airports.

Monarch Airlines Commences Winter Flights to Grenoble from Birmingham

Monarch Airlines, a UK-based airline company, has commenced its new service to Grenoble, in south-eastern France, from Birmingham airport in the UK.

The new service commenced on December 9, 2012, and the flight to the ski destination will also open up access to Europe’s other famed ski destinations of Val D’isere, Tignes, La Plagne and Meribel. The airline is offering the services three times a week.

Kevin George, the managing director of Monarch Airlines, said, ‘We are delighted to be introducing this new route to Grenoble which we are sure will be very popular with skiers and strengthens further our excellent programme of winter sun and ski destinations from Birmingham airport.’

Martyn Lloyd, the commercial director at Birmingham Airport, said, ‘This is great news for people in the Midlands who are looking to get away this winter and visit some of the best ski resorts in Europe.

Monarch is going from strength to strength at Birmingham and this new route to Grenoble will mean passengers have even more choice and greater value from their local airport.’

The airline is also offering new winter services including 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 from Sharm el Sheikh Airport to Grenoble and Munich.

The new routes are part of the airline’s expansion to the Midlands, as well as the launch of added frequencies from Birmingham Airport. The airline is planning to offer a new base at East Midlands Airport from late summer 2012.

Monarch Airlines Announces Promotional Partnership with Leeds United FC

Monarch Airlines, a UK-based airline company, has announced a partnership programme with Leeds United Football Club, and has become the official sponsor for the North Stand at Elland Road.

The airline will be leveraging sponsorship of the football club to extend its marketing activities from its newly launched hub at the airport in Leeds, UK.

The airline, which is new in the area, has launched new routes to Grenoble and Munich, commencing soon from Leeds Bradford airport, along with a new summer schedule for 2013 from the airport.

Commenting on the new partnership, the managing director of Monarch Airlines, Kevin George said, ‘Leeds United enjoys a unique position within Yorkshire and remains one of the biggest football clubs within the UK. We have been impressed with the passion and commitment that the Club demonstrates. The scale and reach of the Clubs fan base speaks for itself and through this exciting new partnership we look forward to welcoming Leeds United fans on board our new routes from Leeds Bradford Airport.’

The chief executive officer of Leeds United, Shaun Harvey, said, ‘We are delighted that Monarch will be working with the Club to support its new routes flying from Leeds Bradford Airport.Their investment into the airport is extremely positive news for both the community and for the local economy with new jobs being created at the airport.

Through our new partnership we aim to make Monarch the first choice carrier for European flights for Leeds United fans all across the UK and will be working closely with Monarch to deliver some exciting promotional fares and competitions to our fan base over the coming months.’

The airline will be offering its services from Leeds airport with two A320 aircraft and flights commencing in March 2013. The new operations, from the North of England, will add around 200 jobs to the local economy.

Monarch Airlines Offers Summer Service to Almeria from Manchester Airport

Monarch Airlines, a UK-based airline company, is re-launching a service to Almeria, in southern Spain, from Manchester Airport in the UK.

The service to Almeria will be offered during the summer of 2013, with twice a week flights commencing on May 4, next year.

The managing director of Monarch Airlines, Kevin George, said, ‘We are delighted to be resuming the Almeria route for our summer 2013 flights programme from Manchester Airport. Since we last operated the route in 2011 the popularity of our Birmingham/Almeria flight has grown considerably and therefore we thought it timely to bring the route back to Manchester.

Our social media followers will be particularly pleased by the resumption of the flight as it has been the topic of discussion and debate for some time on both Facebook and Twitter and we are always very pleased to be able to respond positively to customer feedback.

The addition of Almeria for summer 2013 expands further our extensive offering from Manchester and we are sure that it will be a popular choice for our customers.’

Ken O’Toole, the chief commercial officer for Manchester Airports Group, the owner of Manchester Airport, said, ‘Monarch Airlines is a major carrier here and the re-instatement of the Almeria route will be a welcome addition to the summer 2013 schedule from Manchester. Spain remains a popular destination for leisure travellers using our airport and Monarch’s continued growth is something we will continue to support in the year ahead.’

The airline is also offering a number of cheap flights from UK airports, including Manchester, Birmingham, East Midlands and London Gatwick, to a number of destinations.

Monarch Airlines Commences Flights from Birmingham to Sharm El Sheikh

Monarch Airlines, a UK-based airline company, has commenced services from Birmingham Airport in the UK to Sharm El Sheikh, in Egypt.

Sharm El Sheikh is bordered by the Red Sea on one side, and Mount Sinai on the other side. Water sports are a major attraction for tourists visiting the beach destination, and scuba diving in particular. Visitors flock to the resort to experience the underwater beauty of 250 coral reefs, and 1,000 different species of fish, which thrive in the waters.

The airline is offering a service to Sharm El Sheikh once a week, on a Thursday, for the winter season of 2012/13, for British travellers that are keen to find sunshine curing the UK’s coldest months.

The managing director of Monarch Airlines, Kevin George, said, ‘We are delighted to be expanding our winter 2012/13 flights programme from Birmingham Airport, providing our customers in the Midlands with even more flexibility and choice.

The launch of the Egypt flight, already a popular route for us out of Gatwick and Manchester airports, is a great opportunity for those who wish to escape the UK’s cold winters. This is followed by another exciting route launch in December when we have our first flight from Birmingham to the popular ski destination of Grenoble.’

Martyn Lloyd, the commercial director at Birmingham airport, said, ‘This new flight from Monarch means passengers now have even more choice from their local airport. We are delighted with the commitment that Monarch has shown to the region in offering this new route and also the addition of the new route to Grenoble. Monarch is going from strength to strength at Birmingham and the services and facilities that it offers means passengers have choice, value and convenience from their local airport.’

Monarch Airlines to Allow Two Items of Hand Baggage

Monarch Airlines, a UK-based airline company, is offering increased baggage allowance for passengers on scheduled flights.

The leisure air carrier will be offering the capacity from November 1, 2012, when it will be providing new gauges at airports to assist passengers in checking the specified size of hand baggage. Passengers may carry up to two pieces, weighing up to a total of 10kg, which can be a cabin bag and a handbag, or a cabin bag and a laptop bag. One of the bags must be kept in the overhead locker, and the other must be stowed away below the seat.

Kevin George, the managing director of Monarch Airlines, said, ‘We are pleased to be able to respond positively to the needs of our customers and adjust our service accordingly.

Our passengers have told us how important it is for them to be allowed two items and, working with our airport partners, we have been able to change our policy to suit them.’

The new hand baggage allowance will be offered on all of Monarch’s scheduled flights, except those departing London Luton Airport. Passengers departing from Luton will only be allowed one bag of a specific size.

The hand baggage allowance for charter flights will be around 5kg for a bag that measures 56cm x 40cm x 25cm.

For passengers travelling to noted ski regions in the Winter of 2012/13, the airline is offering to carry skis free of charge on its new routes to Grenoble in France, Innsbruck in Austria and Friedrichshafen and Munich airports in Germany. The offer is available to all passengers on these routes that book their travel before December 31, 2012.