Monarch is to launch three flights a week from Gibraltar to Birmingham. This forms part of the carrier's expansion of routes to its UK Midlands base for summer 2013.The flights will depart from Gibraltar on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 11.15am and flights from Birmingham to the Rock will depart at 6.35am. The service will start in March 2013, with tickets now on sale. For his part, the Minister for Tourism, Neil Costa, has welcomed the introduction of the service adding that the decision to operate from Birmingham will bring great commercial opportunities. He states the Government continues to encourage capacity growth and the service from regional airports in the UK.