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Monarch Airlines UK

About Monarch Airlines

Monarch Airlines, also simply known as Monarch, is a trading name of First Aviation Limited. It comprises a British low-cost airline that has been in existence since 1967. The airline has not changed its name in all that time, making it the oldest UK carrier not to have done so. Its headquarters are situated at London Luton Airport, however the airports of Manchester, London Gatwick, Birmingham and Leeds Bradford are also operating bases for the airline. Monarch currently owns over 70 planes.

Monarch flights from Manchester and other UK airports travel to almost 100 different cities on two continents and cover popular holiday spots in the Aegean, the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands and more. Particularly popular are those Monarch flights to Tenerife, Dubrovnik and Barcelona. In addition to its self-operated flights, the airline has also arranged for codeshare deals with a number of airlines, such as Emirates, British Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Air France. The airline is not a member of any airline alliance.

Online check-in

Passengers can check in online for Monarch flights departing from Manchester and all its other UK bases. When this facility becomes available depends on a passenger's ticket type. Any passengers who have paid extra to book a seat of their choice are able to check in online as early as 28 days before the departure date. Passengers who have not chosen this option will have to wait until 24 hours before scheduled takeoff time to check in online. When checking in online, passengers will again have the option of paying more to choose a seat for the flight. If they choose not to, they will be assigned a seat by the airline.

Hand luggage allowance

Passengers on Monarch flights to Tenerife or any other destination will have the same hand baggage allowance of 10 kg, however, they can choose either to take this all in one piece of luggage or to split it between 2 pieces of luggage. Regardless of which option a passenger chooses, no item of hand luggage on a Monarch flight may exceed 46 x 40 x 25 cm in size. If a passenger's hand luggage is larger than this, or if its weight exceeds the 10 kg allowance, an excess baggage fee is applicable and the items will travel in the aircraft's hold rather than in the cabin. There is no hand luggage allowance for infants who do not have their own seat.

Checked baggage allowance

Monarch flights do not automatically include any checked luggage allowance and instead passengers must choose whether to purchase it and also how large of an allowance to purchase. The options available for purchase are those of 20 kg, 23 kg, 26 kg and 40 kg. For all allowances except for 40 kg, a passenger can bring 1 piece of checked luggage on the flight, while the 40 kg allowance includes 2 pieces of checked luggage. The airline will refuse to carry any single pieces of baggage that are heavier than 32 kg. If passengers are planning to take any sporting equipment on their flight, an allowance for this can also be purchased. The airline has a checked baggage allowance of 10 kg for children younger than 2, however parents or guardians are allowed to bring a car seat or collapsible stroller. There is an excess baggage fee for anyone whose luggage is larger than his or her specified weight and size limits.

Airline Information

  • Airline name: Monarch Airlines
  • IATA code: ZB
  • Year Founded: 1967
  • Headquarters: Luton, United Kingdom
  • Website: monarch.co.uk

Latest customer reviews on Monarch Airlines flights

3.0 /5
Total reviews based on: 34
Birmingham
Lisbon
Birmingham Intl - Lisboa ( BHX - LIS )
1.0 /5
Fjgdfhh
Date 2017-10-28 Age 31-50 Class Economy

It was with Monarch, it didn't happen, you gave us a full refund but still kept sending us emails as if it were all still happening

1.0 /5
2 reviews
Stockholm
Manchester
Arlanda - Manchester International ( ARN - MAN )
1.0 /5
Liam
Date 2017-10-24 City Durham Age 31-50 Class Economy

You cancelled my flight to manchester and would rebook it for a nice 250 pound. very kind of yourselfs. no refund of initial booking fee??? joke of a company

1.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Paphos
Gatwick - Paphos International ( LGW - PFO )
1.0 /5
Not impressed with Opodo
Date 2017-10-24 Class Economy

You are so insensitive, you know Monarch went out of business and yet you ask for my feedback! Not impressed!

1.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Faro
Gatwick - Faro ( LGW - FAO )
1.0 /5
Sucker
Date 2017-10-18

Taking the p... seeing as monarch no longer exist and we had to travel with other airlines. Costing double the amount and lots of stress

1.0 /5
1 reviews
Dubrovnik
Manchester
Dubrovnik - Manchester International ( DBV - MAN )
1.0 /5
Anon
Date 2017-10-16 City UK Age 51-70 Class Economy

Dreadful. We were booked to fly monarch at 19.30 from Dubrovnik to Manchester. We ended up on Titan Airways (who were fine actually) flying at 12:30 to Gatwick with a coach transfer to Manchester. Having been instructed to be at the airport three hours prior to departure it meant we left our apartment at 8am and got home at 10pm.

1.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Malaga
Luton International - Málaga ( LTN - AGP )
1.0 /5
Tel
Date 2017-10-14 City Watford Age 51-70

Flights were cancelled due to Monarch going out of business and booking should NEVER have been taken that close to liquidation

1.0 /5
1 reviews
Manchester
Porto
Manchester International - Porto ( MAN - OPO )
1.0 /5
Gail
Date 2017-10-10 City UK Age 51-70

Really rubbish as we did not go due to Monarch going into liquidation:(

1.0 /5
1 reviews
Manchester
Lanzarote
Manchester International - Lanzarote ( MAN - ACE )
2.0 /5
Paul Adams
Date 2017-10-09 City Manchester Age 51-70 Class Economy

Monarch outgoing was cramped, then went into liquidation. Over 4 hour delay on return , although Transnet were very good

2.0 /5
1 reviews
Alicante
Manchester
Alicante - Manchester International ( ALC - MAN )
4.0 /5
Faith
Date 2017-10-09 City Leeds Age Under 30 Class Economy

Was very disappointed that we couldn't buy drink or food on the return flight, and we waited 45 mins to even get off the plane when landed

4.0 /5
1 reviews
Faro
London
Faro - Gatwick ( FAO - LGW )
3.0 /5
oldie
Date 2017-10-07 City england Age 51-70 Class Economy

Was with monarch which collapsed so was a nightmare at airport

3.0 /5
1 reviews
Manchester
Stockholm
Manchester International - Arlanda ( MAN - ARN )
5.0 /5
James
Date 2017-10-06 City Warrington Age 31-50 Class Economy

No issues with the airline all was good

5.0 /5
1 reviews
Dubrovnik
London
Dubrovnik - Gatwick ( DBV - LGW )
2.0 /5
Jose Lito
Date 2017-09-29 City UK Age 31-50 Class Economy

My partner and I had to fly separate as our seats were designated that way even though, when we were trying to check in a few days in advance, the plane was half full. If we wanted to seat together I had to chose seats, therefore pay extra. I think that's a abuse as the system/company knows we book the tickets together and gave us separate seats for the sake of cashing.

2.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Palma de Mallorca
Gatwick - Palma de Mallorca ( LGW - PMI )
4.0 /5
Mike
Date 2017-09-22 Age Over 70 Class Economy

none

4.0 /5
1 reviews
Manchester
Minorca
Manchester International - Menorca ( MAN - MAH )
3.0 /5
Pippin
Date 2017-09-17 City Stoke on Trent Age 51-70 Class Economy

It took 70mins to get from the plane through passport control. Monarch should put pressure on whoever to increase the number of passport scanners.

3.0 /5
1 reviews
Manchester
Barcelona
Manchester International - El Prat ( MAN - BCN )
1.0 /5
Frank Verity
Date 2017-09-12 City england Age 51-70 Class Economy

awful service both flights. outbound was delayed 2 hours on the ground. inbound service was delayed 2.5 hours for no good reason (bs excuse but so what). Onboard experience with veuling was terrible. Despite asking I did not get served a drink on return flight. Will be avoiding at all costs in future as the delay trough passport control both sides was unacceptable and degrading to put it mildly. Cattle are treated better than passengers in MAN and BCN

1.0 /5
1 reviews
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