Enthusiasts' Day aircraft
After a short break, the Monarch Enthusiast Days are back! Whether you’ve been a regular on our popular events, or have been dying to hear about the next one, the next event is imminent and we’re going international!

On Thursday 5th and Friday 6th July, we’re taking the Enthusiast Day concept to Italy.  We’ll be offering you the chance to sample the fantastic Monarch service on one of our newest scheduled routes to one of Europe’s most famous airports, Milan Malpensa.  In addition to return flights from either Manchester of Gatwick airports to Malpensa, you will enjoy an overnight stay in the Sheraton Airport Hotel, guided tours of the fantastic “Volandia” aviation museum and behind the scenes access to one of Italy’s busiest airports, including the unique opportunity to go to the top of the Air Traffic Control tower!

Trips will depart from Manchester and London Gatwick Airports, so take your pick, and we look forward to welcoming you along.  The itineraries can be found below:

From Manchester:

Thursday 5th July 2012

1200 – Assemble at Monarch Airlines’ check-in, Terminal 2, Manchester Airport
Collect boarding passes for our flight to Milan Malpensa (MXP)

1410 – Depart on Monarch Airlines scheduled service ZB1398 to Milan Malpensa
The flight operates on a Monarch Airlines Airbus A321-200

1720 – Arrive at Milan Malpensa

1800 – Check in to our rooms at the Sheraton Hotel, Malpensa Airport, opposite Terminal 1

The evening is then free for you to enjoy dinner or explore the various photo opportunities around the Malpensa perimeter.  A map showing safe spots in the area around Terminal 1 will be provided.

Friday 6th July 2012

Enjoy a buffet breakfast in the Sheraton hotel at your leisure

0915 – Assemble in the hotel reception area prior to our first visit of the day

0930 – Guided tours of some of the behind-the-scenes locations in Terminal 1, including:

• Baggage Handling System
• Airport Control Room
• VIP Lounge

1100 – A unique and very special opportunity to visit the Malpensa Air Traffic Control Tower

1300 – After a short walk, there will be a break for lunch in the café at the “Volandia” museum

1430 – An English-speaking tour of Volandia has been arranged, including:

• Various exhibits on the history of aeronautics in Italy
• The Space Pavilion
• Flight Simulators

1730 – A short walk will take us back the Terminal 1 Departures Hall

1800 – Check-in for our return flight to Manchester

2030 – Depart on Monarch Airlines scheduled service ZB1399 to Manchester
The flight operates on a Monarch Airlines Airbus A321-200

2135 – Arrive at Manchester Airport, Terminal 2

2145 – Proceed through arrivals and say our goodbyes

From Gatwick:

Thursday 5th July 2012

1345 – Assemble at Monarch Airlines’ check-in, South Terminal, London Gatwick Airport
Collect Boarding Passes for our flight to Milan Malpensa (MXP)

1600 – Depart on Monarch Airlines scheduled service ZB7206 to Milan Malpensa
The flight operates on a Monarch Airlines Airbus A320-200

1855 – Arrive at Milan Malpensa

1945 – Check in to our rooms at the Sheraton Hotel, Malpensa Airport, opposite Terminal 1

The evening is then free for you to enjoy dinner or explore the various photo opportunities around the Malpensa perimeter.  A map showing safe spots in the area around Terminal 1 will be provided.

Friday 6th July 2012

Enjoy a buffet breakfast in the Sheraton hotel at your leisure

0915 – Assemble in the hotel reception area prior to our first visit of the day

0930 – Guided tours of some of the behind-the-scenes locations in Terminal 1, including:
• Baggage Handling System
• Airport Control Room
• VIP Lounge

1100 – A unique and very special opportunity to visit the Malpensa Air Traffic Control Tower

1300 – After a short walk, there will be a break for lunch in the café at the “Volandia” museum

1430 – An English-speaking tour of Volandia has been arranged, including:
• Various exhibits on the history of aeronautics in Italy
• The Space Pavilion
• Flight Simulators

1730 – A short walk will take us back the Terminal 1 Departures Hall

1800 – Check-in for our return flight to London

1955 – Depart on Monarch Airlines scheduled service ZB7207 to London Gatwick
 The flight operates on a Monarch Airlines Airbus A321-200

2040 – Arrive at London Gatwick Airport, South Terminal

2100 – Proceed through arrivals and say our goodbyes

The event will be escorted by Monarch Airlines staff members who will be on hand to answer questions.  The Volandia tour will be escorted by museum volunteers, and tours of the Malpensa facilities will be escorted by SEA staff.  There will be plenty of walking, so guests are recommended to wear comfortable shoes, and pack lightly.

All this for just £149 per person in a single room or £129 per person sharing a twin or double room
Places are limited – so book now via Monarch Airlines Reservations:  0843 227 1312 (calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras)

Ts & Cs

Included in the price: Fares and Taxes for your roundtrip flights to Milan, bed & breakfast accommodation at the Sheraton Hotel – Malpensa Airport, guided tours of the Volandia Museum, escorted “behind-the-scenes” visits at Malpensa Airport and the services of a Monarch Airlines staff member for the duration of the event.

Excludes: Credit Card Booking Fees, Seat Reservation Charges (£9.99 each way for extra leg room seats and £5.99 each way for standard seats), in-flight meals (£7.99 each way), and all meals in Milan

Flights provided are subject to our terms and conditions – please see www.monarch.co.uk for further information.   Accommodation is provided by the Sheraton Hotel Group and is subject to their terms and conditions.  Tours may be cancelled without notice to you in the event of a security or operational related issue at the airport.    You acknowledge that you will have appropriate travel insurance in place for this trip.  Bookings are non-refundable and we do not allow for changes to be made.

So what do you think? What are you most looking forward to in this event? Let us know in the comments below.

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18 COMMENTS

  1. Got back from the latest enthusiast trip to milan last night.it was fantastic,we couldnt have asked for anything better.will definately be keeping my eye out for the next one.a big thankyou to toby and andrea and all the monarch crew also the staff at milan malpensa airport they all put in so much effort. oh,and what a great takeoff in the storm from mxp-man definately added some excitement to the end of the trip.

  2. For the next Enthusiast day would you consider using their A300’s for the routes? There are a lot of enthusiasts who want to fly on this type before she’s retired, this would be ideal. Thanks.

    • Hi Emma, a lot of people have asked us about the A300s so we are looking or an opportunity to use one on a future trip. I’ll pass on your comments to the event organisers. Thanks for your post.

  3. Its a shame the wife and I are already abroad for this one, would have tried for the one from Manchester, as it sounds really interesting. Just unfortunate we’re abroad :o) overall though :o(

  4. I’d love to do one of these trips, sadly won’t be this time though. Look forward to the announcement of more.

  5. I think it,s a great idea! Do you think you’ll do something sumilar also for italian enthusiasts in Manchester or London? I would buy it for sure! :-)
    Fingers crossed for a positive answer…

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