Ryanair to replace Monarch on East Midlands-Malta route

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Ryanair will start flights between East Midlands and Malta in April 2015, following Monarch’s decision to axe its service and withdraw from the UK airport next year.

The Irish budget airline also plans to up the frequencies of its flights from East Midlands to Faro, Lanzarote, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca and Tenerife – all routes Monarch plans to stop flying in April as part of its transition from a mixed charter operator to a European low-cost carrier.

Flightglobal’s Innovata schedules show that the UK leisure carrier is currently the only operator on the East Midlands-Malta route. Routes to Faro, Malaga and Palma are contested by Jet2, Monarch and Ryanair, while Lanzarote and Tenerife are served by all three plus Thomas Cook.