Monarch brings home over 25,000 stranded passengers
Friday 23, April 2010
Award winning airline, Monarch, has repatriated over 25,000 stranded passengers back to the UK between Wednesday 21 and Friday 23 April.
In addition to its scheduled flying programme, the airline has operated 63 repatriation flights to specifically bring back its customers who have been stranded overseas during the volcanic ash cloud disruption. It has also laid on two shuttle flights from the Spanish Islands of Majorca and Tenerife to Madrid to connect with coaches back to the UK as well as providing an additional fleet of coaches from mainland Europe.
Further repatriation flights are scheduled to operate over the weekend with all stranded Monarch passengers anticipated to be back in the UK by the start of next week.
Commenting on Monarch's repatriation programme, managing director of Monarch Airlines, Tim Jeans said, "Getting our customers back to the UK as quickly as possible has been our priority over the past few days and we're delighted to have achieved such great numbers in such a short period of time. Flights were mobilised from 04.00 on Wednesday morning and have been flying round the clock ever since to get our customers back. We anticipate that scheduled flying will resume a normal flight programme over the weekend and charter flying, early next week."
Monarch currently operates a fleet of 30 aircraft, serving over 100 destinations world-wide. Services are split between scheduled and charter flights, with the airline carrying almost 6.5 million passengers per year. Monarch is the oldest airline in the UK still operating under its original brand name, and will this year enter its 42nd year of flying.
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