The introduction of Monarch’s flights to Fuerteventura resulted in a strong demand for the airline’s scheduled routes during October.
More than 2,000 passengers flew on Monarch’s Fuereventura services during the October half-term, while its flights to Gran Canaria attracted over 1,500 half-term holidaymakers.
This led to average October load factors of just over 82 percent, which is a 0.86 percent increase on the same period last year.
Elsewhere, Monarch’s mid-haul destinations continued to see increases in traffic, with passenger numbers to Larnaca increasing by 34 percent compared to October 2008. It also reported a 31 percent increase in passenger numbers on its flights to Lanzarote.
Liz Savage, Monarch’s managing director of flights and holidays, said she was "pleased" that passengers were continuing to fly despite the challenging economic climate.
"Our new services to the Canary Islands of Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria have been very well-received and their addition strengthens Monarch’s flying programme to the islands, with 46 flights per week operating between the UK and the Canaries during winter 2009-10," she commented.
Last month, the airline announced that its 500,000th passenger had travelled on one of its flights to Larnaca in Cyrpus.