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...

British scheduled leisure carrier Monarch Airlines plans to launch 12 new routes for the winter 2012-13 season, including operating scheduled flights from Leeds Bradford International Airport for the first time.

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.

Grenoble, Friedrichshafen and Munich airports are known for having good transport links to ski resorts covering the Western, Central, Northern and Eastern Alps in France, Switzerland, Bavaria and Austria.

Monarch Airlines operates Airbus A320s and A321s on many of its scheduled routes from the UK to leisure destinations around the Mediterranean. This is one of the airline's A321s

Complementing these new services, the airline’s existing services to Milan, Venice and Verona, which will operate year-round, offer access to the Southern Alps and the Dolomites.

In addition, Munich provides year-round appeal with many seasonal and cultural events such as the world’s largest fair, Oktober Fest, held annually for 16 days in September and October.

The remaining three routes will target holidaymakers seeking winter sun with new flights to the Portuguese island of Madeira and an expansion of Monarch Airlines’ existing scheduled service to Sharm el-Sheikh on Egypt’s Red Sea coast.

Monarch Airlines’ new scheduled flights for Winter 2012/13 will see round-trips from London Gatwick Airport to Friedrichshafen four times per week; and to Funchal in Madeira three times a week.

Monarch Airlines' main short-to-medium-haul fleet types are the Airbus A321 and A320. One of the carrier's A320s is seen in this photograph

From London Luton Airport, Monarch will serve Munich four times a week.

Manchester Airport will see new Monarch service to Friedrichshafen, twice a week; to Grenoble, three times a week; and to Munich, four times per week.

Birmingham Airport, already a major base for Monarch, will see the carrier launching service to Funchal, twice a week; to Grenoble, three times per week; to Munich, four times weekly; and to Sharm el-Sheikh, twice per week.

From Leeds Bradford International Airport, a new UK destination for Monarch, the airline will offer three round-trips a week to Grenoble; and two round-trips weekly to Munich.

The 12 routes will launch at different stages over the autumn and winter, with Munich flights beginning in mid September and Madeira and Sharm el Sheikh routes launching at the end of October.

British carrier Monarch Airlines operates a mixed Airbus-and-Boeing fleet which includes a sizable number of Airbus A321s, as well as A330-200s and other Airbus jets

Flights to Grenoble and Friedrichshafen will launch in mid-December and will run until early April 2013, concluding with the Easter holidays.

“The launch of these routes for winter 2012/13 marks an exciting new era for Monarch as we introduce our first programme of scheduled ski flights and target a new customer base of skiers looking to fly to Grenoble, Friedrichshafen, Munich as well as via our numerous Italian destinations,” says Kevin George, managing director of Monarch Airlines.

Continues George: “This news comes on the back of our announcement last week regarding Monarch’s expansion in the Midlands through the introduction of additional frequencies and routes from Birmingham Airport, and the launch of a new base at East Midlands Airport from late summer 2012.”

Geroge notes: “The addition of expanded services in the Midlands, combined with 12 new winter routes, will add almost one million seats to the Monarch program over the next 12 months and supports our growth plans for the airline over the coming years.”