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Monday, 13 July 2009

Check in online while abroad

LOW fares airline Monarch is expanding its successful online check-in facility, with the service now available to passengers travelling on scheduled flights from overseas airports.

Monarch's scheduled passengers travelling from a range of destinations throughout Mainland Spain and the Balearic and Canary Islands can now check in for their flight via the airline's website www.monarch.co.uk and issue a boarding card from the comfort of their own home. Online check-in is available between seven days and 4.5 hours prior to departure, reducing the required time spent at the airport and ensuring that seating on flights is allocated in advance.

Online check-in can be used by all passengers with pre-allocated seats travelling on scheduled flights from Alicante, Barcelona, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Majorca, Malaga, Menorca, Murcia and Tenerife. If seats have not been pre-allocated at the time of booking, this can be done during the check-in process for the standard pre-book charge of £7.50. Alternatively, extra legroom seats, which offer an extra six inches of space, can be booked from only £15 per person per flight.

Commenting on the launch of overseas online check-in, managing director of Monarch's scheduled service division, Liz Savage, said, "We have seen overwhelming demand for online check-in from our UK bases, with up to 25% of scheduled passengers taking advantage of the service, so we are delighted to now offer it from our overseas airports as well.

"The introduction of overseas online check-in will speed up the check-in process for a large number of our passengers and reduce the queuing time spent at the airport when they are returning to the UK in addition to their outbound flight."

Passenger's taking advantage of online check-in and travelling with hand-baggage only can go directly to the departure gate on arrival at the airport. Passengers travelling with hold baggage should first take their bags to the fast bag drop desk, where they will be tagged as normal and sent down to the aircraft.

Monarch operates scheduled flights to Spain, Gibraltar, Portugal and Cyprus from Birmingham, London Gatwick, London Luton and Manchester airports. In addition to year-round low fares, Monarch also offers a unique range of tasty hot and cold meals onboard with prices from £3.00. To avoid a last minute free-for-all when boarding, seats can be pre-booked at £7.50 per one-way flight, or from only £15, extra-legroom seats are available, which offer up to six inches of extra space.

Passengers travelling on scheduled flights can also avoid the queues at the airport and take advantage of online check-in which is available between seven days and 4.5 hours prior to departure.

In addition to flights, Monarch also now offers a huge range of great value holidays, accommodation options, car hire and travel insurance.

For further information or to book Monarch flights, Monarch Holidays or Monarch Hotels, please visit www.monarch.co.uk.

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