LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - May 10, 2013) - Tuesday 7th May saw Monarch, the leading scheduled leisure airline, launch its first ever scheduled flight to Malta from East Midlands Airport.
The cabin crew and First Officer for the flight were on hand at check-in to greet passengers with cake and champagne to celebrate the first departure to the new scheduled destination.
For one local couple, traveling on this flight marked a very special occasion. Janet and Henry Pavier from Nottingham, first visited Malta for their honeymoon 40 years ago and were returning to the island to celebrate their Ruby wedding anniversary.
Expanding on its network of destinations from East Midlands Airport, Malta is a brand new scheduled route for Monarch, with over 18,000 seats available for summer 2013. The flights will operate twice a week on a Tuesday and Saturday.
Malta is the first of two new routes to launch this summer from East Midlands Airport with Ibiza also launching on 23rd May.
Kevin George Managing Director comments: "Malta is an important and popular new destination for Monarch Airlines and we are delighted to be offering it as part of the wider network of routes, especially from one of our newest bases at East Midlands."
Markus Klaushofer, Malta Airport's Chief Executive Officer commented: "The commencement of the East Midlands flight to Malta by Monarch - a leading scheduled leisure UK airline - is a very special occasion. Malta needs no introduction as a tourism destination for the UK market, and Monarch's operation to our islands is a huge step in consolidating Malta's standing as a viable and quality holiday offer for UK residents. We are confident that Monarch's passengers will enjoy Malta and we will continue to collaborate with Monarch in making this route a long-term success."
Alex Incorvaja, Director - UK & Ireland, Malta Tourism Authority; "We are delighted that Monarch Airlines have introduced a flight out of East Midland's Airport to Malta. Customers within this region now have a wonderful opportunity of having even easier access to Malta and Gozo, giving them the opportunity to experience the many wonder's that this Mediterranean island has to offer."