It was announced yesterday that Monarch Airlines will be launching five new routes and introducing two new based aircraft at Birmingham Airport in the UK.
The airline will operate flights to Rome, Dubrovnik, Milan, Venice and Heraklion from summer 2012, taking the total routes served to 29. Two Airbus A320s will also join the carrier’s fleet in Birmingham from next March, bringing the total number to six.
This means that a further 151,000 seats and 200 new jobs will be created at the airport.
Birmingham Airport’s CEO Paul Kehoe commented: “We are delighted with Monarch’s announcement regarding growth at Birmingham. The increase in the choice of routes served by Monarch underpins the confidence the airline has in the future growth of our region. In a difficult market, it is encouraging to see this expansion. With the airport’s considerable investment in facilities, and with plans to commit £100 million [US$160m] over the next ten years, the industry is clearly impressed with the work we are doing.
MD of Monarch Airlines, Kevin George, added: “Since launching scheduled services from Birmingham in summer 2005, Monarch’s operation has continued to grow from strength to strength and we have expanded our operations based on customer demand. We are all very excited to be adding two additional aircraft to our Birmingham fleet and introducing our first flights to Italy and Croatia, which is fantastic news for our customers in the Midlands and cements Birmingham as one of Monarch’s key UK airports.”
Tickets for the new routes are on sale from today.