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Monarch becomes first UK airline to accept PayPal

The airline, also known as Fly Monarch, will now let passengers pay for flights using the eBay-owned electronic payment service, the first UK airline to do so.

Budget airline Fly Monarch, best known for flying hundreds of thousands of British holidaymakers off to Spain and other popular European holiday destinations, has announced that it is adding PayPal to its accepted payment methods.

The first airline in the UK to do so, Fly Monarch joins US airlines including US Airways, Southwest and Northwest Airlines in accepting PayPal as a payment method alongside credit and debit cards.

"We are delighted to have teamed up with PayPal to offer our customers a secure alternative to online credit and debit card transactions. Being the first European airline to offer the PayPal payment option is great news for our customers, many of whom are already PayPal account holders, and will help to further streamline our online booking process" said Liz Savage, managing director of

The company is extolling two virtues of the PayPal service, the security of the platform, and the speed of transaction, as payment methods are pre-stored within a user's PayPal account, removing the need to find and key in credit card numbers every time a purchase is made.

"We decided to launch with first as they are clearly innovators in the airline industry, focused on constantly improving the customers' experience, matching PayPal's ethos. Online shopping amongst UK adults has increased by 157 per cent in the last five years with 28 million adults actively transacting online" added Cameron McLean, general manager of Merchant Services at PayPal.

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