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bmi regional releases mid-year update

bmi regional reports that during 2014, it has continued to grow its UK and European route network, strengthened existing services, and established a portfolio of codeshare agreements with Lufthansa and Brussels Airlines.

The airline plans to build its UK services further and continue to grow its charter and wet lease divisions in addition to further network expansion within Europe.

From 19 August, the Frankfurt to Karlstad service – operated as a codeshare route with Lufthansa – will increase to double daily, and on 1 September bmi regional will begin two new routes within Europe, introducing services from Berlin Tegel and Gothenburg to Kalmar Öland Airport in southern Sweden, six days a week. The airline already operates scheduled services within Europe from Gothenburg to Stavanger and from Bremen to Toulouse. Also in September, the airline’s East Midlands to Brussels and Aberdeen to Bristol routes will see increased frequency.

Cathal O’Connell, chief executive, bmi regional, commented, “Thus far in 2014 we have seen significant traffic growth across our route network, especially Bristol and our oil and gas services from Aberdeen, and expect this to continue through the rest of the year. Last year saw significant development and investment to establish our standalone business, and this year we’ve expanded the network both within Europe and from the UK and established partnerships with global carriers.

“In only two years we have successfully established a sustainable airline business which provides vital domestic and international links for business and leisure travellers, fosters inward investment and supports tourism, and continues to create employment opportunities,” O’Connell remarked.

Among the highlights for the first half of 2014 were: the airline being named the UK's most punctual airline for ninth consecutive year, as judged by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA); a new, refreshed inflight food and beverage offering; operations of the first ever scheduled flight using biofuel from Sweden to mainland Europe and; the airline’s second anniversary marked with announcement of plans to boost its Bristol cabin crew base by 30%.

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