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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.