Monarch claims it has no plans to replace XL Airways capacity

Monarch Airlines will operate additional flights to Spain, the Canary Islands and the Caribbean this autumn and Christmas.

But managing director Tim Jeans insisted the carrier has no intention of replacing the capacity lost to the market by the collapse of XL Airways.

Monarch has added weekly Gatwick-Arrecife and Manchester-Tenerife services, flights to Faro, Larnaca and Malaga at Christmas and a weekly service to Grenada and Tobago from December 17 on behalf of Golden Caribbean.

However, Jeans said: “There is no point adding capacity unless it will be profitable and that is by no means certain. We are not seeking to fill the gap left by XL.”

Monarch has no plans to increase services to Egypt, he said, and is still “evaluating opportunities” for next summer.

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