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American Airlines is launching daily service from New York JFK to Birmingham in England on May 7.

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Monarch Airlines has expanded its flight program for summer 2012, introducing new scheduled flights to Barcelona and Nice from Birmingham Airport. Monarch has also launched its first program of flights from its new UK base, East Midlands Airport, to Mediterranean leisure destinations.

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Monarch Airlines will expand its existing network of scheduled destinations, with 10 of the new routes providing easy access to some of Europe’s best winter ski resorts via Grenoble airport in France and Friedrichshafen and Munich airports in Germany.

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The move follows the announcement that International Airlines Group (which owns British Airways and Iberia) is shutting down East Midlands Airport-based Bmibaby, a low-cost subsidiary of BMI which IAG acquired from Lufthansa along with the parent company and BMI Regional.

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Flights to Dubrovnik, known as ‘The Pearl of the Adriatic’, operate three times a week from London Gatwick Airport and twice a week from Birmingham Airport. Flights to Heraklion operate twice a week from both London Gatwick and Birmingham airports.

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New for the winter schedule, as a continuation of Monarch Airlines’ 2012 summer program, are the Italian destinations of Venice, Verona, Milan and Rome. The airline will now operate year-round services to the four Italian cities.

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