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3 star Skytrax Rating
Seat Legroom 12345
Seat Recline 12345
Seat Width 12345
Aisle Space 12345
Viewing TV 12345
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1/10

"inhumane and cramped"

(United Kingdom)

Worst legroom of any budget airline. Do not fly with Monarch if you are tall as it is inhumane and cramped even before the seat in front is reclined. Upon reclining the row in front the seat is basically unusable. As much as I hate Ryanair, their non-reclining awful seats are more comfortable and offer more legroom than Monarch. Perhaps the EU should regulate airlines like Monarch more closely when it comes to cramped travelling conditions.
Aircraft TypeA320
Seat Layout3x3
Date FlownJanuary 2016
Cabin FlownEconomy Class
Type Of TravellerCouple Leisure
Seat Legroom 12345
Seat Recline 12345
Seat Width 12345
Aisle Space 12345
Seat Storage 12345
no
2/10

"worst quality of seat"

(United Kingdom)

Friendly staff but the worst quality of seat I have ever experienced. The cushioning is reduced to the absolute minimum and the headrest is like a big of plastic covered with a thin cloth. Appalling. Paid for priority check in and boarding which is also a waste of money unless it's high season. Didn't appear to be any mechanism for priority boarding in Tenerife. We will never fly Monarch ever again.
Aircraft TypeA321
Seat Layout3x3
Date FlownDecember 2015
Cabin FlownEconomy Class
Type Of TravellerCouple Leisure
Seat Legroom 12345
Seat Recline 12345
Seat Width 12345
Aisle Space 12345
Seat Storage 12345
no
3/10

"worst seats I have experienced"

(United Kingdom)

Monarch Airlines flight from Dubrovnik to LGW. Check in was fine and plane left on time and arrived early. All good but these are simply the worst seats I have ever experienced. I am 6' 4" tall so always a squeeze but I was literally physically wedged into a seat by the window. Intensely claustrophobic and after an hour I started experiencing severe leg cramp and near panic attacks. The plane was full so I had to deal with it. After arrival I could barely walk and it took me several hours to get proper movement back into my legs. I suppose this is a deliberate ploy to sell extra leg room seats but frankly I felt that the airline are getting close to providing unsafe seating with health implications. This was an agonizing experience - never again.
Aircraft TypeA320
Seat Layout3x3
Date FlownSeptember 2015
Cabin FlownEconomy Class
Type Of TravellerCouple Leisure
Seat Legroom 12345
Seat Recline 12345
Seat Width 12345
Aisle Space 12345
Seat Storage 12345
no
9/10

"I would recommend Monarch"

(United Kingdom)

We travelled Gatwick to Funchal and found staff both outward and inward flight were very good. We did not order food on the flight. Downside we were delayed on the ouward and inward bound flights - air traffic at Gatwick and weather at Funchal on the way home. For a short haul and cheap break I would recommend Monarch.
Aircraft TypeBoeing 737
Seat Layout3x3
Date FlownJuly 2015
Cabin FlownEconomy Class
Type Of TravellerCouple Leisure
Seat Legroom 12345
Seat Recline 12345
Seat Width 12345
Aisle Space 12345
Seat Storage 12345
yes
2/10

"this was pretty bad"

(United Kingdom)

I wasn't expecting much legroom but this was pretty bad. I'm 5'11 my partner 5'8 and we were very cramped. When passengers in front reclined there was little room for my head and it was nearly impossible to get up and out. If I had to fly with Monarch again I'd definitely pay for extra legroom.
Aircraft TypeAIRBUS A320-200
Seat Layout3x3
Cabin FlownEconomy Class
Seat Legroom 12345
Seat Recline 12345
Seat Width 12345
Aisle Space 12345
Viewing Tv Screen 12345
no
7/10

"the most comfortable economy class seats"

(United Kingdom)

Well done Monarch - these are the most comfortable economy class seats I have experienced in a long time. Thomson/Thomas Cook please copy.
Aircraft TypeAIRBUS A320
Seat Layout3x3
Cabin FlownEconomy Class
Seat Legroom 12345
Seat Recline 12345
Seat Width 12345
Aisle Space 12345
Viewing Tv Screen N/A
yes
5/10

"very narrow and the legroom appalling"

(United Kingdom)

If you have to fly economy you could do worse than this. That said at 5'9" and heavy on the hips I found the seats very narrow and the legroom appalling. If you use this company definitely get aisle seats where the layout changes from 3x3x3 to 2x3x2 at the rear. These have a good couple of inches more room than their counterparts throughout the rest of the plane. Makes a huge difference. As for being able to make the brace position in any seat absolutely impossible even for a child. You get what you pay for and I didn't pay very much so can't expect the royal treatment!
Aircraft TypeA300
Seat Layout3x3
Cabin FlownEconomy Class
Seat Legroom 12345
Seat Recline 12345
Seat Width 12345
Aisle Space 12345
Viewing Tv Screen 12345
yes
8/10

"well worth the upgrade"

(United Kingdom)

We opted for extra legroom seats and got 10 b/c each way - these are just by the main door so have unlimited legroom - well worth the upgrade as the normal Monarch seats are painful and I wouldn't fancy 5 minutes in them never mind 4 hours which is what some people had to endure.
Aircraft TypeB757-200
Seat Layout3x3
Cabin FlownEconomy Class
Seat Legroom 12345
Seat Recline 12345
Seat Width 12345
Aisle Space 12345
Viewing Tv Screen 12345
yes
5/10

"paid for extra legroom seats"

(United Kingdom)

We thankfully paid for extra legroom seats on both legs of our short journey to alicante and were in row 13 EF outbound and 10 DE inbound. The legroom on the inbound was flight was better than some premier economy seats and there were only 2 seats together. Looking at the economy standard seats I wouldn't fancy even 30 minutes in them.
Aircraft TypeA321/A320
Seat Layout3x3
Cabin FlownEconomy Class
Seat Legroom 12345
Seat Recline 12345
Seat Width 12345
Aisle Space 12345
Viewing Tv Screen 12345
yes
1/10

"impossible to position my legs"

(United Kingdom)

I have flown many hours with many airlines but never in such discomfort as on these flights from Manchester to Cyprus return. I am 6 ft of slim build and it was impossible to position my legs in the normal forward position. When the person in front reclined and I didn't it was impossible to use the seat back tray. It was impossible to achieve the brace position which makes a mockery of Monarch's pictorial display on its safety video. I will not fly Monarch again until I see that they have made an effort to provide adequate room for the normally proportioned and I advise others to think very carefully unless they are of small stature.
Aircraft TypeA321
Seat Layout3x3
Cabin FlownEconomy Class
Seat Legroom 12345
Seat Recline 12345
Seat Width 12345
Aisle Space 12345
Viewing Tv Screen 12345
no
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