Thursday, 3 November 2011

Monarch to increase capacity at Birmingham

Monarch Airlines (IATA: ZB IACO:MON Callsign:MONARCH) have announced that they are to increase their BHX based fleet to 6 aircraft as of next summer. The fleet will consist of 4 Airbus A321's and 2 A320's. New routes for Summer 2012 will include: Rome, Milan and Venice in Italy; Dubrovnik in Croatia; and Heraklion in Greece.

I find this really interesting. What I thinks going on is that Monarch have realised too many people from the Midlands have to make the trek up to Manchester or down to London, and so they're increasing capacity where the demand is!

Some info on these new services:
 - Rome isn't currently served, but it will be by bmiBaby starting Spring next year, and now Monarch too.
 - Milan (Malpensa) is currently served daily by Flybe.
 - Venice will be a completely new destination although bmiBaby fly there from East Midlands
 - Dubrovnik is served weekly in the summer months by Flybe, and has been for a few years now
 - Heraklion is currently served by Thomas Cook, Thomson and Skywings (all charter). Perhaps Monarch will offer a scheduled alternative?

Also, I don't think the above new routes warrant 2 extra aircraft, so I'd expect increased frequencies on existing routes aswell.

BHX Airport:
http://www.birminghamairport.co.uk/meta/news/2011/11/monarch-news-article.aspx



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