Posted on: 03 September 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Following the news that bmi regional and Loganair are now part of Airline Investments Limited (AIL), the group has revealed plans for bmi regional to relocate its engineering facilities to Bristol – the origin of the majority of its routes – and consolidate all its headquarters under one location in the East Midlands to enhance its UK presence.
AIL is looking into acquiring hangar space at Bristol Airport for bmi regional jets, proposing that Loganair takes over the current bmi regional hangar at Aberdeen Airport for its fleet.
“These proposed changes within the group enhance both sister airlines and offer natural efficiencies and economies of scale that will strengthen both carriers within their home markets. They provide additional infrastructure to continue delivering the highest operational standards,” explained Peter Simpson, AIL’s group CEO.
“Bristol Airport, a hub that has invested £120million in expansion over the past five years, continues to offer bmi regional the necessary capacity for potential future growth,” Simpson continued. “By dedicating hangar space and expanding other services there, and by dedicating hangar space to Loganair in Aberdeen, we will continue to maximise growth opportunities and strengthen our presence in established markets.
“bmi regional has seen eight new routes launch out of Bristol, with three this year: Paris Charles de Gaulle with better timings for business travel than easyJet; Dusseldorf; and Nantes. In 2012, the airline had no crew based at Bristol Airport but announced staff figures of 80 in 2014 with a plan to increase this number by 30%. The engineering facilities move is a natural step for the airline.
“We've rebuilt our infrastructure and systems and reshaped our operating network to focus on profitable routes which enables us to continue our growth into 2016 and beyond. We will provide upates as soon as we have more information on these proposals.
“Loganair has expanded its aircraft presence at Aberdeen. It is therefore important that appropriate infrastructure is in place to ensure we can deliver operational reliability for these expanded operations. Today’s announcement will have no impact on Loganair staff, routes or frequency.
“All options will be explored through consultation to minimise impact on positions, but it is possible that an estimated 80 Aberdeen-based roles may be affected as a result of the proposals outlined today. The bmi pilot and cabin crew base at Aberdeen, together with the scheduled services to Bristol, Norwich, Oslo and Esbjerg are unaffected by this announcement.
“We recognise that this is an unsettling period for colleagues and options will certainly include locational redeployment. The business will offer support throughout the process while implementing this strategic reorganisation which will ensure that bmi regional is able to continue to develop its presence in key UK and European markets,” Simpson concluded.