A LOW-COST airline is celebrating a record-breaking year.
Monarch carried 3.9m scheduled passengers during 2008 compared with 3.7m the previous year – a 6.5% increase.
The airline said its load factor – the proportion of seats occupied – also increased to an average of 81.47% per scheduled flight against 80.53% in 2007, representing a 1.16% improvement.
The carrier was boosted by the launch of five new routes during the year, including the introduction of London Gatwick to Cyprus and Menorca as well as Manchester to Gibraltar, Cyprus and Murcia.
Passenger traffic for December also continued to rise with the airline carrying 185,028 passengers on its scheduled services, a 0.37% increase on the same month in 2007.
The load factor for December totalled 73% compared with 73.02% last time while the percentage of internet sales was unchanged at 87%.
Overall, for both scheduled and charter services, Monarch carried more than 299,600 passengers during December, 2008.
Monarch operates scheduled flights to Spain, Gibraltar, Portugal and Cyprus from Birmingham, London Gatwick, Luton and Manchester airports.