Flying with Monarch Airlines


It’s summer holiday time across most of Europe, so we focus on what travellers can expect if they are flying on Monarch Airlines in the coming weeks.

About Monarch Airlines

Monarch Airlines recently transitioned from a charter airline service to a scheduled low cost operation for short haul leisure routes. The airline operates a fleet of A320 and A321 aircraft in an all Economy Class configuration from its main base at Luton Airport and from Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Gatwick.

The seats onboard a Monarch Airlines flight

The typical dimensions for Monarch Airlines cabin seats provide a seat pitch of 28 inches, and seat width of 17.5 inches.


Checking in for your Monarch Airlines flight

Traffic delays, longer than expected security queues are good reasons to make sure you get to the airport nice and early.

YES : Online check-in

Available 28 days until 6 hours prior to departure, only available for bookings made directly with Monarch. Not available if you have booked via a travel agent or tour operator, or are part of a group booking of over 15 passengers. If you check-in online you will be charged for allocated seating

YES: Airport check-in

Opens 3 hours prior to departure, and close 40 minutes prior to departure. Check in is free of charge

What baggage are you allowed on Monarch Airlines ?

Don’t get caught out with expensive baggage charges … remember that airlines apply rules for a reason!

Checked-in Luggage

20kg baggage allowance per customer.

Hand baggage

Hand baggage – 1 item of hand baggage (10kg / 56x40x25cm) OR 2 items as long as the combined weight / size dimensions do not exceed (10kg / 56x40x25cm)

Excess Baggage charges

10GBP (13.50EUR) per kilogram

Food and drinks on your Monarch Airlines flight

If you’re feeling peckish on your Monarch Airlines flight, you can buy refreshments onboard
Extract sample of Monarch Airlines onboard menu

Some example Buy-on-board prices

Muffin and hot drink : £4
Sandwich, drink and snack : £7.50
Other hot meals available through the “Manage my Booking”

Travelling with children on Monarch Airlines

These are leisure and low-cost airlines, so don’t expect free gifts or activity packs for the little ones!
(Photo shows Emirates Cabin service)
Infants receive 10kg baggage allowance
Pushchairs and car seats will be carried free of charge.
Travel cots may be carried in the hold but must form part of the 10kg infants baggage allowance

» Read the Monarch Airlines customer reviews

If you want to know more about flying with Monarch Airlines, read the latest customer reviews.

Monarch Airlines customer reviews

“Seats were fine for 3.5 hour flight, might be slightly less so on a longer flight, as Monarch have ceased long haul not a problem”
“The fixed angle of seat back is good (a compromise between fully upright and reclined) so there are no hassles with the passenger in front depriving you of your legroom”
“Ordered meal online both ways (very tasty for an aircraft meal). Sitting in Row 10 finished the meal before the drinks trolley arrived”
“Meal service was at the expected level for a budget operator”

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