July 16, 2011 04:00 ET

Monarch Launches New Low Cost Flights to Barcelona

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - July 16, 2011) - Monarch, the scheduled leisure airline, is this week launching new scheduled flights to Spain's most cosmopolitan city, Barcelona. The flights, which start from £36 one way including all taxes and charges (£57 return), will be available to book from Friday 15 July 2011 via their website.

Monarch's new scheduled flights to Barcelona from Gatwick will operate daily from 21 October 2011, increasing to 11 flights per week from 30 October 2011 and brings the total number of scheduled destinations served by the airline from Gatwick to 13.

Commenting on the launch of this new route, Managing Director of Monarch Airlines, Kevin George said, "Barcelona is one of the UK's most popular short break destinations and we are delighted to be adding this to our route network from Gatwick in addition to our existing flights from Manchester.

"Barcelona attracts a broad mix of visitors for business, city breaks and leisure for beach goers. During the winter season it is a fantastic gateway to the ski slopes of the Pyrenees. All of these customers will appreciate the convenience and flexibility of up to 11 flights per week in addition to Monarch's fantastic value fares and innovative 'build your own class' service, which offers customers the ability to tailor their flight package to their exact requirements including extra legroom seating and pre-ordered meals."

Monarch's scheduled flights are available to book until October 2012 at Customers now booking flights will also benefit from zero debit card charge fees and a fixed fee for all credit card bookings, regardless of the transaction value or number of people travelling.

Notes to Editors
Flight times are as follows (all times are local):
Between 21 – 29 October 2011:
Gatwick – Barcelona departs 06:20, arrives 09:30/ Barcelona – Gatwick departs 10:15, arrives 11:35
From 30 October 2011:
Gatwick – Barcelona departs 06:50, arrives 10:05/ Barcelona – Gatwick departs 11:05, arrives 12:30
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (in addition to daily times above):
Gatwick – Barcelona departs 15:30, arrives 18:45/ Barcelona – Gatwick departs 19:45, arrives 21:10
Sundays (in addition to daily times above):
Gatwick – Barcelona departs 15:30, arrives 18:40/ Barcelona – Gatwick departs 19:25, arrives 20:55

About Monarch

Monarch, the scheduled leisure airline, operates flights to Spain, Gibraltar, Portugal, Cyprus, Turkey, Egypt and Greece 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 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 flights, Monarch also now 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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