Monarch Airlines boosts Birmingham base
Monarch Airlines this week celebrated the launch of four new routes from Birmingham (BHX). The airline will now fly to Valencia (VLC), Split (SPU), Naples (NAP) and Rhodes (RHO), becoming the only carrier to fly to the Spanish and Croatian destinations from UK airport. Sectors to Naples and Rhodes will face direct competition from Thomson Airways and Thomas Cook Airlines, while Jet2.com also links the UK’s second city to the Greek island. Flights to Valencia commenced on 22 June, and will operate twice-weekly (Thursdays and Saturdays). Weekly services to Rhodes (Wednesdays) launched on 21 June, and on 23 June the LCC started twice-weekly operations to Naples (Mondays and Fridays). The new destination of Split departed for the first time on 25 June, and will be flown twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Sundays). David Winstanley, COO of Birmingham Airport, said: “Monarch offers a fantastic selection of popular European routes to our passengers. It’s great to see them expanding this choice further for our summer holidaymakers. Valencia, Split, Naples and Rhodes are all steeped in history, as well as being popular coastal destinations with fabulous ports and beaches. We are confident these will be very successful routes.” Ian Chambers, CCO at Monarch Airlines said: “We are delighted to add even more flights and holidays to four new destinations to our Birmingham programme for summer 2017. These new routes join Porto and Stockholm which we launched earlier in the year.” A staunch A320/A321 operator (which will fly these new services), Monarch has just welcomed a 737-800 to its fleet at Birmingham, with its first flight scheduled to take place on 29 June to Rome Fiumicino. While it is at the UK airport it will also be used for flight crew training purposes ahead of the delivery of the first 737 Max 8 arriving in April 2018. See how Valencia Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.