Monarch Airlines is expecting to accommodate approximately 100,000 passengers over the bank holiday weekend, which represents a ten percent increase from the same period last year.
Holidaymakers will travel on the carrier’s flights to Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar, Turkey and Cyprus between today (August 26th) and August 31st, with flights to Spanish destinations expected to be particularly popular.
Tim Jeans, Monarch’s managing director, said that western Mediterranean destinations have seen a "surge in demand" this summer.
"Monarch’s traffic figures have already recorded their highest ever passenger numbers for July, coupled with the highest load factor ever and the sheer number of people travelling this bank holiday weekend, proves that 2010 is certainly not the year of the staycation," he commented.
In response to the increased demand, Monarch has added an additional 4,000 seats to its Spanish and Spanish island destinations.
Earlier this month, the carrier confirmed it will launch flights to Palma this winter from Gatwick and Manchester airports.