THE INTERNATIONAL community in the Greater Lisbon area has been waiting for this – a low cost, competitive carrier operating from Lisbon to London. The Resident met up with Jonathan Crick, sales and marketing director of Monarch Scheduled, voted ‘Best Airline to the Mediterranean and Islands 2004’ by the UK Travel Agents’ Association, at the Lisbon Travel Market (BTL) recently held in Lisbon.
Jonathan has been the driving force behind the growth of scheduled services at Monarch Scheduled and is, quite rightly, enthusiastic about its expansion with a new route, Lisbon to London Gatwick. He told us: “We have proved that customers prefer our style of service and this expansion heralds an exciting new era for the whole team at Monarch Scheduled.” Jonathan explained the advantages of their services – pre-bookable allocated seats (no rush to get a window or aisle seat), vantage club for frequent flyers, no minimum or maximum stay periods, discount for infants, a wide range of quality hot and cold food and in-flight entertainment.
Flights from Lisbon will start from May 19 at 9.55am, and return everyday from Gatwick at 6.30pm – just enough time for a business trip or to do some shopping. If you book early enough online, prices start from as little as 27 euros each way.
Monarch Scheduled has also teamed up to offer its passengers discounts on car rentals, travel insurance, hotels and airport parking. For further information on Monarch Scheduled, visit their website www.flymonarch.com