November 17, 2011 04:00 ET

Monarch Embarks on Its "Italian Job" With New Flights to Rome and Venice

Scheduled Leisure Airline Introducing New Flights Into Italy and Croatia

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 17, 2011) - Monarch Airlines is announcing a significant expansion into the Mediterranean in Summer 2012, launching 14 new flights across Italy, Croatia and Greece.

The new routes have been introduced in support of its plan to expand. The two-pronged strategy focuses on scheduled services and introducing new flights to leisure destinations across Europe.

Two additional Airbus A320 aircraft will be added to Monarch's fleet from March 2012. This is the start of the expansion plan that will see an increase from 30 to 40 aircraft with a view to offering more flights including flights to Rome or Venice.

Departing from Monarch's four UK bases, services to the 14 new routes including flights to Venice and Rome go on sale from 4 November 2011 and are available from:

Monarch Airlines' new routes for Summer 2012 include:

  • Manchester to Dubrovnik, Milan, Venice and Verona

  • Birmingham to Dubrovnik, Heraklion, Milan, Rome and Venice

  • London Gatwick to Dubrovnik, Heraklion, Milan and Venice

  • London Luton to Rome

Commenting on the expansion plans, Managing Director of Monarch Airlines Kevin George said: "The strategy for Monarch Airlines is now firmly focused on its scheduled operations and we are delighted to be adding new routes including flights to Venice and Rome to our already extensive network of leisure destinations across Europe.

"Adding Italy to our network will further reinforce our position as the leading leisure-focused airline serving the Mediterranean and the Canaries. The addition of two new aircraft to the fleet is great news, and marks the start of our fleet expansion plans, which will see the fleet grow from 30 to around 40 aircraft in the medium term.

"In addition to growing our network, we are committed to providing high levels of care and service for our customers and are constantly striving for innovative ways of providing great value benefits for them at year-round low fares. The introduction of our discounted 'Happy Hour' flights and our fight against unjust debit and credit card fees are examples of ways in which Monarch Airlines looks after its customers and we are excited about introducing these initiatives across our expanding network."

Flights on all Monarch's new routes will be on sale from Friday 4 November at and available to book until October 2012.

About Monarch

Monarch, the scheduled European leisure airline, operates flights to Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Gibraltar, Greece, Italy, Portugal Spain and Turkey from Birmingham, London Gatwick, London Luton and Manchester airports. In addition to year-round low fares, Monarch also offers a bespoke "build your own class of travel" range of products and services both on the ground and inflight. All customers are allocated a seat at check-in but for those wishing to select where in the cabin they sit to ensure that families and groups are seated together, seats can be pre-booked from £4.99 per one-way flight. For customers looking for added comfort, extra legroom seats are also available offering up to six inches of extra space from only £9.99.

Customers travelling on scheduled flights can also avoid booking charges by paying for their flights using a debit card or for a fixed £10 fee, can pay by credit card – regardless of the value of the transaction or the number of people travelling.

They can also take advantage of 'Happy Hour', which is available between 12.00 and 14.00 every day and offers a selection of Monarch's lowest fares, plus online check-in, which is available between 18 days and four and a half hours prior to departure. With a great range of tasty hot and cold meals that can be pre-booked or purchased onboard, flying with Monarch really couldn't be simpler.

In addition to direct–sell flights, Monarch also provides seat allocations to some of the UK's leading tour operators and offers a huge range of great value holidays, accommodation options, car hire and travel insurance.

For further information or to book Monarch flights, Monarch Holidays or Monarch Hotels, please visit

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