Ryanair and Jet2.com pressure pushes Monarch Airlines to close East Midlands base; no routes lost at EMA next summer
Monarch Airlines has announced plans to close its base at East Midlands Airport by the end of April 2015. Monarch began scheduled operations from East Midlands in August 2012 after it was announced that bmibaby would cease operations from the airport in September 2012. Since then it has operated a total of just eight routes from the airport to destinations in Malta, Portugal and Spain. The following table summarises the airline’s weekly frequencies in winter (February) and summer (August) since operations began.
|Destination||S12||W12||S13||W13||S14||Competition in S14 (WF)|
|Alicante (ALC)||7||2||7||5||6||Jet2.com (7), Ryanair (16), Thomson Airways (2)|
|Faro (FAO)||7||2||7||2||6||Jet2.com (6), Ryanair (12), Thomson Airways (1)|
|Ibiza (IBZ)||5||5||Jet2.com (3), Ryanair (5), Thomas Cook Airlines (1), Thomson Airways (3)|
|Lanzarote (ACE)||2||3||2||Jet2.com (2), Ryanair (4), Thomas Cook Airlines (2), Thomson Airways (1)|
|Malaga (AGP)||7||3||6||4||6||Jet2.com (6), Ryanair (13)|
|Palma de Mallorca (PMI)||7||7||5||Jet2.com (10), Ryanair (15), Thomas Cook Airlines (4), Thomson Airways (7)|
|Tenerife Sur (TFS)||2||3||2||Jet2.com (4), Ryanair (7), Thomas Cook Airlines (1), Thomson Airways (2)|
|Source: Innovata / Diio Mi for weeks in February and August. WF: Weekly Frequencies|
On seven of the eight routes, Monarch is facing direct competition from both Jet2.com and Ryanair, with Thomson Airways providing an additional choice on six of the eight routes. Only on the Malta route does Monarch not face any competition. However, starting next May Jet2.com will offer passengers a seasonal service between East Midlands and Malta.