City breaks in the cosmopolitan Catalonian capital of Barcelona are in demand the year-round, and this week, leisure flights specialist Monarch Airlines announced that travellers in the south east looking for cheap holidays in the city now have more choice.
The new service is already in operation, leaving London Gatwick Airport daily – and due to rise to 11 flights a week from the end of this month. The addition increases the total number of Monarch routes from the airport to 13.
Monarch Airlines managing director Kevin George commented: “Barcelona is one of the UK’s most popular short break destinations and we are delighted to be adding this to our route network from Gatwick in addition to our existing flights from Manchester.”
“Barcelona attracts a broad mix of visitors for business, city breaks and leisure for beach goers. During the winter season it is a fantastic gateway to the ski slopes of the Pyrenees. All of these customers will appreciate the convenience and flexibility of up to 11 flights per week in addition to Monarch’s fantastic value fares and innovative ‘build your own class’ service, which offers customers the ability to tailor their flight package to their exact requirements including extra legroom seating and pre-ordered meals.”
Mr George went on to say that Monarch’s current flights schedule is in place until October next year and customers will benefit from no charge for booking with debit cards and only a small fixed fee for credit card transactions – a vexed issue among many travellers with budget airlines.
London Gatwick is rapidly gaining a good reputation among passengers using the south eastern airports as the place for cheap holidays in Spain and other short-haul destinations. As well as Monarch’s 13 routes, it also offers flights to popular Spanish cities such as Alicante, Madrid and more recently Seville, with budget airlines like Air Europa and easyJet.