Royal visit: Monarch’s Captain Simon Turner celebrated the airline’s new routes to Munich together with Dr Michael Kerkloh, CEO Munich Airport; King Ludwig II; Princess Kate; Prince William; and Jochen Schnadt, Monarch Airlines’ commercial director. Although the monarchs almost certainly are the real thing, those posing as Dr Kerkloh and Schnadt might just be lookalikes.
- Monarch, the British leisure airline, launched three routes to Munich (MUC) in Germany on 21 September. The airline now serves the Bavarian airport from Birmingham (BHX), Manchester (MAN) and London Luton (LTN) using A321 aircraft. Initially, each of the routes is operated twice-weekly, but frequencies are set to increase to four times weekly at the start of the winter scheduling season. Two of the three routes face direct competition, while the London Luton route only faces indirect competition at other London Airports. Lufthansa serves Birmingham with 19 weekly flights, while there are three airlines competing on the Manchester route; Lufthansa with 20 flights a week, and easyJet and Singapore Airlines with each six weekly flights. The new routes notably launch in time for Oktoberfest, as well as the upcoming skiing season.