5-year-old Aelfred, who was flying home to Aberdeen after the school holiday he spent with his grandmother in Bristol, posed together with Shaun Browne, Bristol Airport’s Aviation Director (left), and Alex Ryder-Elton, bmi regional’s Marketing Executive (right), behind the cake showing a bmi regional aircraft flying across Bristol’s Clifton Suspension Bridge over the Avon Gorge. The celebrations continued to the sound of bag pipes when Browne and Ryder-Elton were joined by Don Yule, bmi regional’s Sales Manager.
bmi regional now flies between Manchester in the UK and Antwerp, Belgium’s second-biggest city. The airline operates the route 12 times a week after Cityjet dropped its operations in September this year.
- bmi regional, the newly independent British regional airline, launched two routes on 28 October; one domestic and one international. From its home base in Scotland’s oil capital Aberdeen (ABZ), the airline now flies to Bristol (BRS) in southwest England with 12 weekly frequencies using 49-seat ERJ145 aircraft. Ian Woodley, bmi regional’s chairman, said: “We have had significant interest in the route since it was announced and today’s inaugural flight marks the beginning of a new chapter of growth within our regional network.” The route used to be served by Eastern Airways until September 2011, but the airline now operates 15 times weekly with a stop at Leeds/Bradford. From Manchester (MAN), bmi regional also began operating to the Belgian port and diamond city of Antwerp (ANR). The 12 weekly operations with 37-seat ERJ135s reinstate the services dropped by Air France/CityJet until September this year.