Monarch Airlines’ commitment to East Midlands region continues

Nine months after it began operating from East Midlands Airport, Monarch, the leading scheduled leisure airline, has opened its new crew room for cabin and flight deck crew based there.

Twenty-four new dedicated East Midlands cabin crew have been recruited to the base, of which half joined from another airline which ceased operations, prompting Monarch to set-up at the airport.

Operations began in August 2012, when flights to Malaga, Faro and Palma began. Other destinations have since been added including Ibiza and, over the winter, Tenerife and Lanzarote for those wanting to escape the cold weather.

East Midlands became the fifth Monarch base, joining London’s Luton and Gatwick Airports, Manchester and nearby Birmingham, strengthening the airline’s presence in the Midlands region. Leeds Bradford Airport subsequently opened as Monarch’s sixth base.

“The East Midlands’ story is part of our airline’s expansion plans,” Kevin George, Monarch’s Managing Director explained. “New bases and new aircraft have recently joined the company as we strive to put the fun back into flying and offer our customers greater choice, value and service. We are also pleased to have brought new jobs to the region, particularly as another airline at the airport had closed.”

Stephen Turner, Aviation Commercial Director for MAG, owners of East Midlands, added: “We're very pleased to have established such a thriving partnership with Monarch in such a short time. New routes have been exceptionally well received, and have allowed a greater choice of holiday destinations for our customers. It's assuring to see that Monarch shares our drive to serve the East Midlands market with a wider range of services.”

Monarch Airlines has two Airbus A321 aircraft based at East Midlands Airport.

Published on: 12/06/2013 16:37:12

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