Cosmos Holidays changes its name to Monarch


Cosmos Holidays is changing its name to Monarch. The tour operator, which is part of the Monarch Group and which currently trades as Cosmos Holidays and Monarch Holidays, will start to sell holidays solely under the Monarch name from October 7, 2015.


All holidays will be based around Monarch Airlines’ extensive choice of routes to beach, city and ski destinations across Europe. This reflects last year’s announcement that the company would focus on a network of short-haul leisure destinations. Bookable through travel agents or directly from Monarch customers will be able to book flights, hotels and holidays through the travel company with the choice of hotels expanding all the time.


Monarch will offer flights from five UK airports (Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester, Luton and Leeds Bradford) to 39 European destinations, and holidays to thousands of hotels across Europe (including Cyprus) in 2016.


Andrew Swaffield, CEO at Monarch Group, stated: “For almost 50 years the Monarch name has stood for quality, value and excellent service. Now is the right time for us to consolidate all of our travel products under one brand. Our customers have the ease of being able to book flights, holidays and hotels in one place to an excellent choice of destinations across Europe.”


Customers can expect to still enjoy the tour operator’s concierge service, which was introduced in 2013. Now known as ‘Holiday Concierge’ it is available to customers immediately from the time of booking until they return home from their holidays. The service is free and is operated by experienced and knowledgeable overseas staff offering expert advice on a wide range of local services and activities in all resorts.


Monarch flies from Birmingham to Larnaka year-round and Pafos for the summer. From Leeds Bradford the airline flies to Larnaka year-round, and from London Gatwick to Larnaka and Pafos year-round. From London Luton Monarch flies to Larnaka year-round.