Thursday, July 21, 2005

Blackpool to Malaga

Monarch today announced the launch of daily flights from Blackpool to Malaga.

Up to 100 jobs will be created when Monarch Scheduled arrives at the Squires Gate terminal in November.And company bosses hope to add at least two more foreign destinations to their portfolio before the end of the year.Monarch is the UK's largest independent charter airline and tickets for the daily Malaga flights on board a 174-seater Airbus A320 will go on sale today.Prices to Malaga start from £39.99 one way and £74.99 return.

The Luton -based company has 22 jets in its fleet and currently flies around five million people to more than 100 destinations every year.The addition of the Malaga flights mean Blackpool will now fly daily to two major Spanish destinations ? the other is Girona.It is one of just four airports to offer flights by Monarch Scheduled ? the others are Manchester, Gatwick, and Luton.Executives from Monarch Airlines touched down at Blackpool Airport's Squires Gate terminal this morning to announce the news, which will increase runway traffic by more than 25 per cent.Paul Whelan, chairman of City Hopper, said: "We are delighted with our new partnership with Monarch Scheduled.

Alan Cavill, head of corporate policy and development at Blackpool Council, said: "This is exciting news. We are very pleased to welcome another quality airline to add to the growing family in Blackpool."We know Monarch Scheduled will provide an excellent service to people both here in Lancashire and the North West, as well as customers in Spain."We are especially looking forward to helping promote the facilities and attractions of the Fylde to the people of Andalucia."

"It truly enhances the relationship of the local stakeholders here in the North West and those in Malaga."On the Costa del Sol, a massive marketing campaign is under way, driven by Monarch, to encourage thousands of Spanish tourists to visit Blackpool.Passengers flying into the Fylde will be encouraged to see the sights of the coast and the North West.Tim Jeans, managing director of Monarch Airlines, said: "Blackpool attracts millions of tourists each year."The council and regional tourism bodies are right behind us and can't wait for the influx of Spanish passengers ? up to 20,000 that we'll bring in each year."

Passengers passing through the departures gate at Blackpool Airport can also fly other cities including London, Dublin, Douglas, Aberdeen, Amsterdam and the Bulgarian seaside resort of Bourgas.


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