Monarch will stop service from East Midlands Airport

By April 2015 Monarch Airlines plans to have ceased all operations from East Midlands Airport.

After reviewing its network strategy under newly appointed CEO of The Monarch Group, Andrew Swaffield, the airline has decided to focus on short-haul European destinations departing from Monarch’s main UK bases.

Monarch intends to increase flight frequencies and implement more sociable departure times on its short-haul European routes, with many changes already visible now that a large quantity of the airline’s summer 2015 schedule is on sale.

“As holiday habits change, our customers want a greater choice of flight times and destinations – particularly for short breaks,” remarked Swaffield. “As we evolve from our roots in charter flying to become a scheduled European low-cost carrier we are becoming more focussed in the services we offer which we believe will provide customers overall with a more attractive flying schedule in the future.”

Monarch aims to complete its transition into a low-fare airline well in advance of the arrival of its new narrow-bodied fleet of 30 Boeing 737 MAX8s, which are scheduled to be delivered and enter service in 2018.

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