Monarch Airlines expansion brings job boost

Around 200 jobs will be created in West Yorkshire as part of a multi-million pound investment from Monarch Airlines.

As part of the airline’s expansion, Leeds Bradford Airport becomes the sixth UK base for Monarch, which was founded in 1967, and will offer 13 routes from the airport as of summer 2013; including the continuation of the Leeds Bradford to Munich route.

Additional destinations include flights to key destinations across the Mediterranean, including Turkey, Italy, Cyprus and Mallorca.  These are further to winter ski flights to Munich and Grenoble, which will commence from December 2012.

Kevin George, managing director of Monarch Airlines, said: “Monarch’s operations continue to grow from strength to strength and we have expanded our operations based on demand.

And it’s not just the jobs that the expansion will bring.

George said the addition of Leeds Bradford as a base would boost local tourism, bringing an “estimated 20,000 EU passengers travelling into West Yorkshire.”

John Parkin, chief executive of Leeds Bradford Airport, said: “Monarch’s extensive route network will deliver increased destination choice for leisure travellers flying to and from Yorkshire.

“This investment provides significant benefits to the local economy alongside bringing new jobs to the region.”

The decision by Monarch Airlines to expand its Leeds Bradford programme follows the announcement that IAG owned BMI Baby, will be grounded from September 2012 after failing to find a buyer for the carrier – which is losing a reported £25 million a year.

 By Richard Wilson.