Monarch’s Confidence

UK low-cost carrier Monarch is bursting with confidence these days, trumpeting their dominance of the Manchester-Barcelona route to anyone who will listen—a group of people, we suppose, that includes us.

After Monarch inaugurated a Manchester-Barcelona service in late 2003, BMIBatwo other players on the route—ceased flying the route. Now Jet2, which began flying between Barcelona and Manchester in March of this year, is also withdrawing its service.

While we’ve found Monarch’s “Bargain Hunter” search tool to be more buzzy than useful, the airline deserves props for its free newspapers and hot towel service. Neither amenity tends to show up on the LCC menu all that often.

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Alex Robertson Textor
About the author: Bitten by the travel bug at 11, Alex Robertson Textor has fond childhood memories of ultracheap Spanish hotels (the kind with Styrofoam shelving) and supermarket lunches scarfed on park benches. Formerly an academic, Alex has spent the last several years redirecting his professional life into full-time travel journalism and editing. He has published articles in the New York Times, Guardian Unlimited, Condé Nast Traveler, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, among other publications.
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