Monarch Airlines, also known as and trading as Monarch, is a British charter airline based at Luton Airport. It also operates scheduled flights to destinations in the Mediterranean, Canary Islands, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece and Turkey, with additional charter services to Europe, the United States, the Caribbean, India and Africa.
The airline's headquarters are at Luton Airport with other bases at Birmingham, Gatwick and Manchester. It is the oldest UK airline that has not changed its original name. Its workforce numbers around 2,070.
Monarch Airlines carried around 5.9 million passengers during 2011. In June 2010, the airline was ranked 58th in the Sunday Times Top Track 100 listing the biggest privately held[nb 1] British companies in terms of their sales. The company holds a United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Type A Operating Licence, permitting it to carry passengers, cargo and mail on aircraft with 20 or more seats