Monarch to withdraw from East Midlands

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UK leisure carrier Monarch Airlines is to stop flying from East Midlands airport at the end of April 2015.

"The change is part of the next phase in Monarch's transformation to become a scheduled European low-cost carrier," says the Luton-based airline, which aims to "complete the transition" in advance of the arrival of the 30 Boeing 737 Max 8 narrowbodies to which it committed last month. These are set to start entering service in 2018.

Monarch is in the process of conducting a strategic review as it targets "greater flight frequency and more sociable departure times to short-haul European destinations from its main UK bases".

More flights are to be added to the carrier's programme for next summer in "the coming months", it adds.

"As holiday habits change, our customers want a greater choice of flight times and destinations – particularly for short breaks," says Monarch group chief executive Andrew Swaffield.

"As we evolve from our roots in charter flying to become a scheduled European low-cost carrier, we are becoming more focused in the services we offer which we believe will provide customers overall with a more attractive flying schedule in the future."