Monarch boosts passenger numbers nearly 10% in 2013

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Monarch Airlines grew passenger numbers 9.5% last year, to around seven million.

The UK leisure airline says the figures are the result of improved awareness of its scheduled network, the introduction of additional routes, and its market positioning “as a strong alternative to low-cost carriers in many scheduled leisure markets”.

Bookings rose 37% over the Christmas period, as mobile bookings trebled.

Among the carrier's new routes for 2014 are London-Nice, London and Manchester to Tunisian destination Enfidha and Agadir in Morocco, and London Luton and Manchester to Naples.

Monarch expects to announce during the first quarter a $6 billion order for 60 aircraft for delivery from 2024. Airbus, Boeing and Bombardier are all still in the running.