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Monarch makes Manchester rock of Gibraltar services

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Specialist Iberian flight provider Monarch has cemented its position as Manchester Airport’s largest scheduled international carrier by re-launching a Gibraltar route from its north-west hub.

Operated until July 2006 the route is now being re-established on a thrice-weekly basis from September, adding to the airline’s Luton-Gibraltar flights and helping the carrier bolster its high concentration of services to Spain, Gibraltar, Portugal and Cyprus.

Liz Savage, managing director of Monarch’s scheduled services said: "Gibraltar provides an ideal gateway to both the Rock plus the many holiday hotspots in southern Spain.

We are delighted to be bringing direct services to Gibraltar back to the north-west. There continues to be a huge demand for flights from our customers and this has been reflected by the number of requests we have received from them over the past few years."

While Gibraltar is a popular Iberian location, flagship flights to neighbouring Malaga on the Costa del Sol have proved highly lucrative for the airline, with Monarch carrying its one millionth passenger on its Gatwick-Malaga service this February.

In addition to long-standing Malaga routes, Monarch profited from the introduction of new services such as flights to Ibiza from Birmingham, Gatwick, Luton and Manchester over 2007, helping the airline to carry an annual total of 3.7 million passengers, a 15.8 per cent increase on 2006 figures.

The airline has recently shown signs of forward thinking, introducing measures to allow the recycling of aluminium, plastic, glass and paper waste from flights, while inaugurating passport-swiping self-service check-in facilities at Birmingham Airport, complemented by a Fast Bag Drop point.