Monarch starts four Mediterranean routes from East Midlands

Monarch starts four Mediterranean routes from East Midlands

Monarch now takes off from East Midlands Airport to four destinations in southern Europe that previously were served by bmibaby, the low-cost airline that now is being closed down.

  • As the low-cost airline bmibaby is closed down, Monarch entered the East Midlands (EMA) market on 31 August with daily services to four southern European destinations, all of which used to be operated by bmibaby. Monarch now offers A320 operated flights to Alicante (ACL), Málaga (AGP) and Palma de Mallorca (PMI) in Spain, as well as to Faro (FAO) in the southern Portuguese region of Algarve. Ryanair and Jet2.com also already serve all four cities with between four and nine weekly flights, while Thomsonfly offers between one and four weekly flights on the routes. Additionally, Alicante and Palma de Mallorca are offered by Thomas Cook with one and three weekly flights respectively. Kevin George, Managing Director of Monarch Airlines, said: “As opportunities have opened up in the market, it has become clear that the Midlands will be underserved as a region in the future. As an airline with over 40 years heritage and a stronghold in the Midlands already, 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.”

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