Monarch has announced the appointment of Ian Chambers as chief commercial officer with immediate effect. Joining Monarch in 2005, Chambers has held various digital and marketing management roles. Most recently, as head of digital and marketing he had responsibility for online marketing, the digital strategy and online sales across all group brands and products.
Monarch has confirmed it is cancelling all flight and holiday bookings to Sharm El-Sheikh for the foreseeable future. With no indication from the British government as to when the airport will re-open to flights from the UK, the airline is cancelling all flight and holiday bookings for winter 2016/17 and there are now no plans for the destination to be part of Monarch’s summer 2017 programme.
UK-based budget airline Monarch has moved to quell speculation over its financial health following a raft of stories over the weekend. Negative speculation about the carrier prompted the airline to release a statement this morning stating: “Our flights and holidays are operating as normal, carrying Monarch customers as scheduled.” Monarch employs nearly 3,000 staff and is based at Luton airport.
Monarch has launched its new trade website. The site, which provides agents with access to the full range of Monarch holidays, hotels and flights, completes the company’s move to a single brand strategy. The holiday section of the new site has been designed to reflect the needs and requirements of agents, and many of the features reflect feedback that Monarch has received.
Cosmos Holidays is changing its name to Monarch. The tour operator, which currently trades as Cosmos Holidays, will start to transition to the Monarch brand from today. Avro and Somewhere2Stay, which sell flights and hotel accommodation respectively through the travel trade, will also operate under the Monarch brand.
Monarch, the leading scheduled airline to leisure destinations, has changed its ground handling services at Birmingham airport - a key base. Aviator, an already well established ground handling service provider to Birmingham airport will manage all ground handling operations at the airport for Monarch.
Monarch Airlines has announced two new scheduled routes to Israel from London Luton Airport. The airline will start flying to Tel Aviv (Ben Gurion Airport) and Ovda Airport in December of this year, with tickets on sale now. The airline previously operated flights to Israel as part of its charter service more than a decade ago and now, following a recent in-depth review of its scheduled network, the airline will be flying to Tel Aviv and Ovda – the gateway to Eilat.
Monarch, the leading scheduled airline to leisure destinations, have announced additional routes to its winter schedule for 2015/16; on sale from Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, London Luton, London Gatwick and Manchester airports.
Monarch Group has announced the appointment of Barry Nightingale as group chief financial officer with effect from January 2015. He joins from the £9 billion-turnover Betfred Group of companies, where he has been chief financial officer since November 2008.
Monarch has continued its route overhaul with the launch of new services from London Gatwick Airport to Lyon as part of its winter ski programme for 2014/15. The flights, which will start on December 27th and operate until April 11th, are on sale now. Some of the best French ski resorts are located within three hours of Lyon Airport and with the flight departing Gatwick at 07:10 in the morning meaning keen skiers can be on the slopes just after lunch.
Monarch Airlines today announced the confirmation of a narrow body fleet order with Boeing for a new generation fleet of 30 737 MAX 8s, worth more than $3.2 billion at current list prices. The order, originally announced at the Farnborough International Airshow in July, includes options for 15 additional 737 MAX 8s and marks the beginning of Monarch’s transition to an all-Boeing single-aisle fleet.
Monarch Airlines has confirmed it will cut 700 positions as the battle to save the company continues. Staff have agreed to the redundancies, along with pay cuts of around 30 per cent, as the Luton-based carrier struggles to stay afloat. Earlier the Mantegazza family, which has owned Monarch since the 1960s, agreed to sell the carrier to Greybull Capital.