Monarch to offer former Bmibaby routes from May 18

New flights to be offered by Monarch from East Midlands and Birmingham airports are to go on sale on May 18.

The scheduled leisure airline is stepping in following the announcement that Bmibaby is to be shut by new owner International Airlines Group.

Monarch, which will release full schedules and timetables with the release of tickets next week, says its new services will account for a quarter of Bmibaby’s existing routes from the Midlands.

The routes include new flights from East Midlands to Malaga, Alicante, Palma and Faro, plus additional frequencies from Birmingham to Malaga, Alicante, Faro, Rome and Palma plus a new route to Barcelona.

The flights from Birmingham will operate in addition to Monarch’s existing network of services to Alicante, Almeria, Bodrum, Dalaman, Dubrovnik, Faro, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Grenoble, Heraklion, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Larnaca, Madeira, Majorca, Malaga, Menorca, Milan, Munich, Paphos, Rome, Sharm el Sheikh, Tenerife and Venice.

Monarch managing director Kevin George said, “Monarch is delighted to be launching the new and additional services from both Birmingham and East Midlands airports, which will support travellers in the region left without flights to some of their favourite leisure destinations once Bmibaby closes.

“The services, which account for 25% of Bmibaby’s existing routes from the Midlands, will commence this summer and provide customers with a quality alternative for all their holiday flights.”

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