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Monday, 1 February 2010

Monarch airline's busy start to 2010

LOW fares airline Monarch has seen strong demand for scheduled
flights in January 2010, with average load factors across the network reaching
77% - a 1% increase on the same period last year.

The Canary Islands of Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Tenerife once
again proved to be the most popular destinations with almost 70,000
holidaymakers flying to these popular winter sun islands last month - a 26%
increase compared to January 09.

Commenting on the January traffic figures, managing director of Monarch Flights
and Holidays, Tim Jeans said, "We continue to see strong demand for our flights
to the Canary Islands, once again proving they are a firm favourite with
customers. The onboard service offered on Monarch's scheduled flights, which
includes extra legroom seating, a great range of tasty hot and cold food, and
selected inflight entertainment is over and above the levels provided by most
low fares airlines, and is perfectly suited for longer flight sectors such as
the Canary Islands.

"While there was a deliberate overall reduction in capacity offered during the
month of January we are pleased to have delivered a load factor of 77%,
indicating that despite the ongoing difficult economic climate our passengers,
many of whom are loyal repeat customers, continue to choose to fly with
Monarch."

Monarch operates scheduled flights to Spain, Gibraltar, Portugal, Cyprus and
Turkey from Birmingham, London Gatwick, London Luton and Manchester airports. In
addition to year-round low fares, Monarch also offers a unique range of onboard
meals and snacks with prices from £3.00. To avoid a last minute free-for-all
when boarding, seats can be pre-booked from £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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