Monarch Airlines celebrates its first year at East Midlands Airport

Monarch, the leading scheduled leisure airline, today celebrated its first anniversary at East Midlands Airport and surpassed its forecasted passenger figures by 15%.

The last 12 months has seen the airline operate a successful flying programme from East Midlands Airport, carrying 358,477 passengers to popular summer destinations, with Faro being the established favourite.

Operations began in August 2012, with flights to Malaga, Faro and Palma. Other destinations were added later in the year, including Ibiza and, over the winter, Tenerife and Lanzarote.

East Midlands became the fifth Monarch Airlines base, joining London’s Luton and Gatwick Airports, Manchester and nearby Birmingham, strengthening the airline’s presence in the Midlands region. It has since been joined by our sixth base at Leeds Bradford from December 2012.

At the start of summer 2013 Monarch officially opened a new crew room at the airport, which became the home for twenty-four new dedicated East Midlands cabin crew.

Kevin George, Monarch’s Managing Director explained; “Beating our predicted passenger numbers for East Midlands Airport in the first year is a very positive start for our fifth base. In addition, we have brought new jobs to the region and opened a brand new crew room, which firmly cements our presence at the airport and further strengthens our growing popularity in the Midlands.”

Stephen Turner, Aviation Commercial Director for MAG, owners of East Midlands, added; “We’re thrilled with the success of Monarch’s first year at East Midlands Airport.

"In only 12 months, it's impressive to see the airline rapidly establish a strong customer base in the East Midlands, leading to passenger numbers exceeding initial forecasts. We are very much looking forward to Monarch's strong performance continuing, as the airline embarks on its second year of operation at the airport."


Published on: 30/08/2013 11:19:54

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