bmibaby adds at Belfast City; drops Manchester, Cardiff

bmibaby has announced that it will base two additional aircraft at Belfast City Airport and offer seven new routes from the airport.

New flights are on sale to Malaga, Alicante, Palma, Faro and Ibiza for summer 2012, plus a new year round service to Amsterdam and new flights to Geneva for winter 2011.

bmibaby has also announced further growth from East Midlands Airport and Birmingham Airport, with one additional aircraft at each base. The airline will offer two new routes from East Midlands Airport to Toulouse and Chambery for winter 2011. Further new routes for summer 2012 from Birmingham and East Midlands Airport are scheduled to be announced soon.

“We are pleased to announce the launch of seven new routes from Belfast City Airport,” remarked Julian Carr, managing director, bmibaby. “We are committed to flying from Northern Ireland and will base two of our aircraft at Belfast City Airport in order to offer a more comprehensive flying programme.

“The most recent addition to our flying programme from Belfast City was new flights to London Stansted and the new European flights will perfectly complement this. We will be the only low cost airline to operate the new routes to Europe directly from Belfast City Airport and this will make getting away for a sunshine, ski or city break more accessible from Northern Ireland.

“We will also increase the number of aircraft based at East Midlands and Birmingham Airport to offer even more routes and frequencies from the region, thus further strengthening our position in the Midlands. We are proud to offer people even more choice and flexibility plus great service and low fares,” added Carr.

The airline, however has announced that in the current economic climate it has to focus on airports where the airline already has a strong market presence and where there are strong growth opportunities for the bmibaby business. Therefore bmibaby has decided to end operations from Cardiff Airport and from Manchester Airport at the end of the summer 2011 programme.

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