Monarch adds 4,000 seats to Spain for late August

Monarch Airlines will operate an additional 22 flights in the week of August Bank Holiday, adding 4,000 seats following a surge in demand for Spain and the Spanish islands.

The carrier will offer extra flights from Gatwick, Luton and Manchester to Malaga, Alicante and Majorca between Friday  August 27 and Sunday September 5.

The move marks a shift in demand back to the western Mediterranean from the east, where Turkey in particular has boomed in the past two years.

It follows Monarch announcing record passenger numbers in July, when the airline carried 468,000 people and reported its highest-ever monthly load factor – filling 91% of seats across all flights.

Monarch Airlines managing director Tim Jeans said: “We believed at the start of the year demand this summer would lie in our eastern Med destinations such as Turkey and Cyprus.

“However, as the pound has strengthened against the euro we have seen a huge surge in demand for flights to our core western Med destinations – Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar and the Spanish Islands. The addition of these flights is in direct response.”

Monarch will operate the following extra return flights:

Luton – Malaga on Aug 27, Sept 3 & Sept 5
Gatwick – Malaga on Aug 31
Gatwick – Alicante on Aug 31
Manchester – Malaga on Aug 30, Sept 1, Sept 2 & Sept 5
Manchester – Alicante on Aug 31
Manchester – Palma (Majorca) on Aug 29

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