Monarch announces last minute package deals to Europe’s best beaches

Monarch, an UK-based travel and holiday company, has announced package deals from major UK airports to a number of top Spanish beach destinations for holidaymakers and families looking for a summer holiday.

The announcement comes after a Twitter poll by Monarch revealed that Spanish beaches were rated as the best beaches in Europe. Nearly 35 percent of voters said that Spanish beaches were the finest in Europe – more attractive than the sandy shores of Portugal and Greece. The Twitter poll was conducted with 1,145 Monarch followers this month.

Monarch’s last minute package deals start from £495 per person for seven night holidays and £209 per person for two-night holidays, available for travel later this month and early September. The UK-based holiday company is offering:

A seven night holiday to Costa del Sol with rates starting from £545 per person with return flights and seven nights half board accommodation based on two adults sharing a twin or double room. The flight will depart Manchester on August 30 with stay arranged at the four star Almunecar Playa Spa Hotel.

A seven night package deal to Costa Almeria from £385 per person with return flights and seven nights bed and breakfast accommodation based on two adults sharing a double room. Flights will depart Manchester on August 29, with stay at the four star Cabo de Gata Hotel.

A seven night holiday to Lanzarote from £535 per person with return flights and seven nights half board accommodation based on two adults sharing a twin room. The flight will depart London Gatwick on September 25 with stay at the four star VIK Hotel San Antonio.

A seven night holiday at Tenerife from £529 per person with return flights and seven nights half board accommodation based on two adults sharing a twin room. The flight will depart Manchester on September 6, with stay arranged at the four-star Tigotan Hotel.

A six night holiday to Majorca from £655 per person with return flights and six nights half board accommodation based on two adults and two children sharing a suite. The flight will depart London Gatwick on August 23 with accomodation arranged at four-star Puerto Azul Suite Hotel.

A two night holiday to Valencia from £209 per person with return flights and two-nights bed and breakfast accommodation based on two adults sharing a twin or double room. Flights will depart Birmingham on August 24 with stay arranged at the four star SH Florazar Hotel.

In addition, Monarch is offering thousands of seats at £30, to a selection of sun and city break destinations. £30 flights include a number of Spanish destinations in Majorca and Alicante, the airline added.

Monarch to introduce new security measures for flights from Turkey to UK

Monarch, the UK-based European regional airline, has said that it will introduce additional security measures at Antalya and Dalaman airports so that the currently restricted personal electronic devices can be allowed in the cabin on its flights from those airports to the UK.

The announcement comes as the UK government is lifting the ban on carrying electronic devices in hand luggage from some airports and on some flights from Turkey to the UK, subject to additional security measures.

‘Currently the restrictions still apply. We will inform our customers when this changes,’ the airline said in a release.

Accordingly, electronic items including laptops, iPads, tablets and e-readers will need to be switched off (not in sleep or standby mode), packed into hold luggage and checked in. These electronic items will not be allowed in the aircraft cabin with the passenger. In addition, power banks and portable power sources or spare and separate device batteries for phones, laptops, tablets and E-readers larger than 16cm x 9.3cm x 1.5cm are not allowed at all on the flight from Turkey, either in the cabin or hold luggage.

There will be additional searches at the gate and any items found that are not allowed in the cabin under the new security measures will be taken and placed in the hold, the airline said.

To facilitate the new restrictions, the airline will increase the paid for hold luggage allowance by three kilograms free of charge to allow for the additional weight of electrical items on inbound flights, subject to a maximum of 26 kg per bag. This will be automatically added to the baggage allowance.

The airline also recommends insurance coverage by passengers for all belongings, including electronic items, Monarch said, adding that it will not accept liability for any damage to or loss of electrical gadgets in hold luggage. Locking the luggage is also recommended, it added.

As a result of the new security measures, online check in will not be available on Monarch flights from Turkey to the UK. Check in will be at the airport only. Check in for flights from Turkey to the UK will open three hours before departure and close 60 minutes before departure.

Flights from the UK to Turkey are not subject to these restrictions – so passengers are free to travel with their electronic items to Turkey, the airline noted.

Monarch offers sun holidays in June and July for GBP269 per person

The UK-based travel company Monarch is offering holiday packages for UK holidaymakers looking for a break to popular European sun destinations in June and July.

Monarch’s beach holiday packages include four and seven night breaks starting at £269 per person. The offerings include package holidays to Majorca – Balearics with fares starting from £269 per person, which includes return flights and seven nights half board accommodation based on two adults sharing a studio. The flights will depart Manchester on June 28 for a seven night stay at the three- star Ola Bouganvillia.

The company is also offering seven-night holiday to Lefkas – Greece with fares starting from £289 per person. The flight will depart London Gatwick on July 12 for a seven night stay at the three star Cosmopol Studios. The price includes return flights and seven nights self-catering accommodation based on two adults sharing a studio.

Monarch is offering a four-night holiday to Majorca – Balearics with fares starting from £395 per person, which includes return flights and four nights all-inclusive accommodation based on two adults sharing a suite. The flight will depart London Luton on June 13 for a four night stay at the four-star BH Mallorca.

Further, the travel company is offering seven-night holiday packages to Lanzarote – Canary Islands with fares starting from £685 per person. This flight will depart Birmingham on July 7 for a seven night stay at the five-star Bahia Principe Tenerife Hotel. The price of £685 per person includes return flights and seven nights all-inclusive accommodation based on two adults sharing a junior suite.

Monarch will also operate a seven-night holiday package to Algarve – Portugal with fares starting from £589 per person. The flight will depart Birmingham on June 29 for a seven night stay at the three-star Auramar. The price of £589 per person includes return flights and seven nights all-inclusive accommodation based on two adults sharing a twin room.

For flight only service, Monarch has thousands of seats available for £30.00 to sun and city break destinations including Menorca and Alicante.

Monarch announces addition of routes to its winter 2017/18 schedule

Monarch, the UK-based budget airline and holiday company, has recently announced the addition of more routes – and over 180,000 seats – to its winter schedule for 2017/18.

The airline has added services to Porto, Stockholm and Zagreb to its winter 2017/18 programme. Additionally, the Lapland holiday programme, which was particularly popular last winter, will also see an increase in the coming winter season. Flights to Lapland from Manchester were added last month and Monarch will now be also offering flights and holidays to Kittila from Birmingham Airport with three and four night packages available for booking now.

Further, the airline said that tickets are now on sale to popular winter sun routes including Almeria, Tenerife and Larnaca. Flights have also been added on ski routes to Grenoble and city break destinations in mainland Spain such as Barcelona and Alicante. Additional ski flights for winter 2017/18 will be added shortly, it said. 

Marjan Schoeke, Monarch’s Head of Network Development comments: ‘Following the successful launch of our three new destinations we are delighted to announce they are now on sale for winter and will be flown all year round.

‘Popular city break, ski and winter sun destinations have also been added as we know our customers like to plan their holidays in advance and now there is plenty of choice for customers to book their perfect winter break, whether it be sun, city or ski.’

Separately, Monarch said that it has increased its hold luggage allowance from 20kgs to 23kgs on all beach package holidays this summer. With the additional 3 kgs, customers will now be able to pack even more holiday essentials.

Ian Chambers, Monarch’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: ‘We are continuously reviewing our product offering and looking at how we can improve the holiday experience for our customers. We know that increasing our standard luggage allowance from 20kg to 23kg will be very popular with our customers and be a key reason for customers to book their holiday with Monarch.

‘Customers can enjoy packing for their holiday knowing they have the convenience of the additional 3kgs for hold luggage teamed with Monarch’s generous hand luggage provision – meaning customers can pack their teabags in both hand and hold luggage – just to be safe!’

Monarch expands UK winter 2017/18 schedule, adds 430,000 more seats

Low cost airline and holiday company Monarch has said that it has added more routes to its winter schedule for 2017/18, with flights from all five of its UK bases: Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, London Gatwick, London Luton and Manchester.

Monarch has launched the sale to popular ski routes including Turin, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Lyon and Grenoble. In addition to ski destinations, the airline is also offering a service from London Luton to Ovda, the gateway to Eilat and the Red Sea, for the third successive winter season. The airline has also enhanced service to popular winter sun routes to the Canaries as well as Spanish destinations such as Malaga and Alicante.

The routes released for sale include Birmingham – Salzburg operating weekly, with fares starting at £39.00; Birmingham – Turin, also operating weekly, with fares from £47.00; services to Friedrichshafen, Lyon and Turin from London Gatwick all operating weekly with fares starting from £35.00; services to Grenoble and Innsbruck from London Gatwick, both operating four times weekly, and with fares starting from £35.00; a thrice weekly service to Geneva from London Gatwick with fares starting from £29.00; a weekly service to Ovda from London Luton with fares from £89.00; a weekly service to Turin from Manchester with fares from £39.00; twice weekly services to Grenoble and Innsbruck from Manchester with fares from £39.00; and a twice weekly service to Naples from Manchester with the first flight set to take off on March 30, 2018 at fares from £91.00.

Marjan Schoeke, Monarch’s Head of Network Development commented: ‘We are pleased to be putting the majority of our ski flights on sale, as well as providing more choice to our most popular winter destinations. In total another 430,000 seats are now available for winter 2017/18.

‘Customers now have a wide choice of popular ski, winter sun and city break destinations to choose from when booking their holidays.’

The airline said that it will also extend its flying programme from Manchester to Kittila in Finnish Lapland, with scheduled flights now available in January and February. The move comes after the success of Monarch’s Arctic Experience programme launched from London Gatwick last winter. There is now an extended range of Lapland holidays available through Monarch Holidays from both Gatwick and Manchester.

The winter schedule for 2017/18 has increased frequencies to some of the airline’s most popular leisure destinations, with more convenient flight times for customers looking to enjoy a short city break, ski holidays or an extended winter sun holiday. The remainder of the winter 2017/18 will be added soon, the airline said.

Monarch announces new flights from Birmingham Airport for summer 2017

Budget airline and holiday company, Monarch has announced the addition of four new routes – Split in Croatia, Valencia in Spain, Naples in Italy and Rhodes in Greece – to its network from Birmingham Airport for summer 2017.

With the move, Monarch will be the only airline flying to both Split and Valencia from Birmingham Airport. While Split and Valencia are new destinations added to the Monarch network for summer 2017, Naples and Rhodes are already on the Monarch network but new to Birmingham Airport for summer 2017.

The Birmingham – Split route will operate twice weekly on Tuesday & Sundays, starting June 25, 2017 with fares starting from £39 one way. The Birmingham – Valencia route will operate twice weekly on Saturdays and Thursdays, starting June 22, 2017 with fares starting from £39 one way. The new Birmingham – Naples route will operate twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays, starting June 23, 2017, also with fares starting from £39 one way. And the Birmingham – Rhodes route will operate weekly once on Wednesdays with fares starting from £69 one way, starting June 21, 2017. Flights are available to book at www.monarch.co.uk .

Marjan Schoeke, Monarch’s head of Network Development, said ‘We are delighted to be announcing four new routes to the network from Birmingham Airport for this summer. With the introduction of these routes we now have 30 destinations on offer to customers flying from Birmingham Airport this summer. Monarch has more destinations to choose from than any other airline when flying out of Birmingham this summer.’

David Winstanley, Chief Operating Officer, at Birmingham Airport, said: ‘We continually monitor our route network and feel that these destinations will be a popular choice with our customers who fly from Birmingham and are looking for sun this summer.

‘It is fabulous news that Monarch will be adding these new routes for summer 2017 offering more choice of destinations from Birmingham Airport. Both Split, in Croatia and Valencia, in Spain are unserved from the Airport so passengers will have the chance to visit these beautiful cities. While the routes to Naples and Rhodes offers extra capacity to passengers travelling from their local airport. Monarch has been a partner airline for many years and provides an excellent service for both leisure and business passengers.’

Besides being the only airline to fly direct to Split and Valencia, Monarch is also the only airline to fly directly to seven other destinations from Birmingham Airport, including Lisbon, Nice, Stockholm, Preveza, Gibraltar, Venice and Rome. As previously announced, Monarch will be also commencing a new flight service to Stockholm on April 28, 2017 – the only airline flying directly to the Swedish capital from Birmingham.

Monarch offers half term holidays from UK airports

British low cost airline Monarch has announced the launch of half term holidays in February to popular winter sun destinations such as Lanzarote and Tenerife-Canary Islands, and Costa del Sol from Birmingham, Manchester and London Gatwick, at reduced fares.

For holidaymakers seeking snow, Monarch offers a traditional winter holiday to Lapland with its ‘Arctic Experience’ trips. Winter sun or Lapland holidays are offered at prices starting from £299.00 per person.

The holiday service to Lanzarote – Canary Islands will depart Birmingham on February 12, for a seven night stay at the four-star Occidental Lanzarote Playa. The offering starts from £479.00 per person, and includes return flights and seven nights all-inclusive accommodation based on two adults and one child sharing a twin room.

The airline also offers a holiday service to Tenerife – Canary Islands from Manchester. The flight will depart on February 11, 2017 for a seven night stay at the five star Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife. With prices starting from £695.00 per person, the package includes return flights and seven nights bed and breakfast accommodation based on two adults and one child sharing a deluxe room.

From Birmingham, the holiday service to Tenerife – Canary Islands will depart on February 12, for a seven night stay at the five-star Gran Tacande Hotel. Priced from £935.00 per person, the package includes return flights and seven nights bed and breakfast accommodation based on two adults and one child sharing a twin room with a sea view.

Meanwhile, the holiday service to Costa del Sol, Spain will start from £299 per person. The flight will depart Birmingham on February 12, 2017 for a seven night stay at the four star Puente Real. The service includes return flights and seven nights half board accommodation based on two adults and one child sharing a one bedroom apartment.

The airline also offers its ‘Arctic Experience’ holidays to Lapland. The flight will depart London Gatwick on February 14, 2017 for a three night stay at the three star Lapland Hotel Akashotelli. Priced from £325.00 per person, the holiday package includes return flights and three nights bed and breakfast accommodation based on two adults and two children sharing a one bedroom apartment with a sauna.

Monarch’s All Flights Reduced sale has 100,000 seats. In addition to a selection of sun, city and ski destinations, the airline is also offering 60,000 seats for the Canaries, Madeira and Dalaman.

Monarch announces new city breaks to Zagreb for summer 2017

Monarch, a British low-cost airline based at Luton Airport, has announced new city break holidays to Zagreb for summer 2017.

The new city break holidays follows Monarch’s plans to start flights to Zagreb on April 28, 2017. The holidays are available for booking at rates starting from £179 per person and deposits of £59 per person. Return flights to Zagreb with Monarch start at £84 return for summer 2017, including taxes and charges.

Croatia is a popular summer destination, and for summer 2017 Zagreb joins Dubrovnik on the Monarch network. Year round flights operate from London Gatwick airport on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and from Manchester airport on a Monday and Saturday. In addition to the direct flights from London Gatwick and Manchester, tourists and holidaymakers are also offered a selection of accommodation across Zagreb.

Kim Barber, Product and Commercial Manager at Monarch said: ‘Ahead of the flights launching in April we are pleased to be able to offer our customers a choice of city break holidays to Zagreb.

‘With a collection of impressive museums and art galleries the Croatian capital city is growing in popularity. Monarch has a range of city centre hotels perfect for exploring this vibrant city. Customers now have the choice of new city breaks with Monarch to Zagreb and Porto for summer 2017.’

The holiday offerings include a two night stay at the four star International on a bed and breakfast basis, departing on May 20, 2017 with fares starting from £165 per person; a four night stay at the four star Panorama Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis departing on June 12, 2017, with fares starting from £239 per person, and a two night stay at the three star plus Arcotel Allegra Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis, departing on September 27, 2017, with fares starting from £179 per person.

Monarch Airlines announces new Porto service from Birmingham Airport for summer 2017

Monarch Airlines, an independent UK-based airline group, has announced the addition of Porto to their network for summer 2017 from Birmingham Airport.

The city of Porto will be the fourth Portuguese destination on the Monarch network, alongside Lisbon, which was introduced last summer, and Faro and Funchal in Madeira. The coastal city of Porto is renowned for its port wine and architecture.

The new flights to Porto from Birmingham will commence on April 28, 2017 and will operate three times a week on a Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. Tickets are available for booking from £32 one-way inclusive of taxes and charges. Flights and holidays to Porto are available to book at www.monarch.co.uk.

Marjan Schoeke, Monarch’s Head of Network Development, comments: ‘We are delighted to be announcing Porto as our latest addition to the network from Birmingham Airport. This new route joins Stockholm as an exciting new destination for our customers to visit in summer 2017.

‘The announcement of flights to Porto from Birmingham follow on from a successful launch of the route from other bases back in September. It’s the ideal destination for those looking to book the perfect city break.’

Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive Officer at Birmingham Airport, said: ‘It is excellent news to see Monarch introducing another popular destination to their choice of routes from Birmingham Airport.

‘Porto is a vibrant city with a fascinating history, interesting tourist attractions and great nightlife and so it will appeal to a wide range of our passengers and we are sure it will be a popular summer route.’

Monarch has recently expanded its summer programme for 2017 with the addition of Stockholm.

Monarch refunds bookings to Sharm El-Sheikh, postpones resumption of service

Monarch Airlines, a British low-cost airline based at Luton Airport, is refunding bookings to Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh up to and including February 9, 2017, reports said last week.

‘There has been no change in travel advice from the UK Government, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Department for Transport (DfT) regarding travel to Sharm El-Sheikh Airport,’ the UK-based airline reportedly said in a statement. ‘With no update or indications as to when the FCO travel advice may change, Monarch has cancelled all flights to Sharm El-Sheikh up to and including February 9, 2017.

Accordingly, the airline will not be resuming flights to the resort for the full winter season as planned. The carrier was expecting to resume flights to the Egyptian coastal resort on October 30.

Flights to and from Sharm El-Sheikh has been severely disrupted following the crash of a Russian aircraft in October 2015, which killed all 224 people on board. The Metrojet aircraft had departed from Sharm el-Sheikh airport, and investigations have indicated that the aircraft was brought down by terrorists.

Customers who have booked flights on Monarch services to Sharm el- Sheikh up to February 9 can re-book to an alternative Monarch destination free of charge or obtain a full refund, Monarch said. The airline said that it is still taking bookings from February 10 until the end of April, but will review this in the coming weeks, subject to Government advice.

Monarch Group chief executive Andrew Swaffield said: ‘I am disappointed that again we have had to cancel bookings to Sharm El-Sheikh.

‘Much hard work has been done by the UK and Egyptian Governments, along with the travel industry, to improve safety measures at Sharm El-Sheikh Airport and we hope to be able to re-open this important holiday market by February.’

Before the closure of the airport, roughly 700,000 Britons visited Sharm El-Sheikh every year, making it a popular and important holiday destination for the UK travel industry.

Thomas Cook has also cancelled all holidays to Sharm el-Sheikh until at least Monday February 7, 2017, a report said.