Robert Sinclair, Bristol Airport’s CEO; and Ian Woodley, bmi regional’s Chairman, accompanied by the lovely cabin crew member of bmi regional, celebrated the launch of the airline's new service from Bristol to Hamburg.
- bmi regional added a second route to its Bristol (BRS) offering on 11 February, following the launch of 12 weekly flights to Aberdeen in late October last year. The airline now serves Hamburg (HAM) in northern Germany with five weekly departures, all of which are offered using 37-seat ERJ135. The 900-kilometre route was first served non-stop in December 2005 when both easyJet (with 149-seat A319s) and OLT of Germany (with 50-seat Saab 2000s) began serving the market which links two major Airbus facilities. In 2006 over 50,000 passengers flew on the route (Source: UK CAA), but unusually easyJet was the first to blink and dropped the route in October 2006 having operated six weekly flights. OLT, which had operated double-daily flights (on weekdays) continued to serve the route until May 2009, when it too withdrew from the market.