Nice value for the money

Review of AirNapoleon about the flight Monarch Airlines ZB63 between Gibraltar and London Luton on 14/10/2013 in Economy
AirNapoleon ZB / MON GIB / LTN
Note: This review is about an experience that happened more than 3 years ago.

Before commenting on the flight itself, it is important to say some words about the Gibraltar airport, because it is so appealing. It has a new (and way too big) terminal with an omnipresent runway wedged between the rocks and the Spanish border, going from the sea to the sea, and traversed right in the middle by the road that gives access to the rocks. Of course, this road is closed (and the tarmac cleaned) whenever a plane approaches; after that, the circulation of cars and pedestrians is again liberated. I did not hesitate to include some photos to make you want to go there.

To leave Gibraltar and fly to London (anyway, there isn't really any other choice, except passing by Malaga as I did on the way there), I chose Monarch Airlines and I don’t regret it. The history of the airline has oscillated between charter and regular flights and it ended up with a good balance between low-cost and quality of service.

The ticket by itself is not expensive – a lot cheaper in any case than the British tickets – and for not much more expensive you can get optional services. The first proposed option is checked baggage: since I was traveling with no luggage, I could invest on the others.
First, I chose a seat with more legroom. And, effectively, it was more comfortable: you could choose a seat in the front of the plane, with more than enough room between the rows. Since the plane was not full, I had no neighbor. And this is how you spend almost three hours much more comfortably as in the business classes of classic airlines, which sometimes neutralize the seat in the middle, only to keep the reduced space between the rows!
I also ordered a hot meal. You can, of course, buy sandwiches, soups, and other snacks on board, which is very practical and a lot better than the complimentary savory/sweet snack of ancient airlines: because you have to pay, the food has to be appealing (whereas when it’s included in the price of the ticket, the quality and appeal are significantly reduced in order to save money). But Monarch offers you a DIVINE meal that you can order (and pay for) in advance. There too they make the effort to justify the price, proving that you can re-heat a good and generous meal even when serving it on a mid-distance flight on a British airline. The only thing I didn't eat was the red onion chutney; I didn't know if I was supposed to eat it with the chicken, with the cheese, or with the cake, as a dessert.
A small downside: if the tea or the coffee is included in the combo, you have to pay for the drink separately. But as long as they serve you ginger ale, I’m ready to pay…

Due to the headwinds, the flight departed a little in advance (boarding through the front and back of the plane was efficient) and arrived in London right about on time. London Luton, far from the city center… Unfortunately, not every flight can land in London City. But I kept a good impression.

General
Overall rating
4 / 5
Value (price + quality)
5 / 5
On the ground
Check-in and boarding
3 / 5
On board
Comfort
4 / 5
Costumer service
4 / 5
Your opinion of security
4 / 5
Food
5 / 5
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By AirNapoleon, about Monarch Airlines, , close to Paris, Île-de-France, France
Posted online by Florian de What The Flight, on 17 October 2013
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Tanguy replied Translate

J'ai été à Gibraltar l'été dernier, l'aéroport à l'air plutôt moderne en tout cas !
Je crois que seulement BA et des cies britanniques peuvent prévoir des vols commerciaux (hors déroutement)!
Traverser la piste est très impressionnant !

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