The first passenger on bmibaby’s new route, Ingrid Haye (second from left), arrived at George Best Belfast City Airport from Amsterdam to be greeted with a Belleek Pottery vase and tulips by Simon Moore, bmibaby’s network planning manager; Arlene Foster, Northern Ireland minister for enterprise, trade and investment; and Katy Best, Belfast City Airport’s commercial and marketing director.
- bmibaby this week began direct flights from its newest base at Belfast City (BHD) airport to Amsterdam (AMS). Flights operate daily (except Saturday) and will compete indirectly with easyJet’s 10 weekly flights from Belfast International to Amsterdam. bmibaby began operations at Belfast City on 1 January 2011 with domestic flights to Birmingham, Cardiff, East Midlands and Manchester. London Stansted flights followed at the end of March. Now Amsterdam becomes the first international route for the airline at the airport followed in December by Geneva, and then next summer by Alicante, Faro, Ibiza, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca. The start of the winter season marks the end of the carrier’s operations in both Cardiff and Manchester, leaving Birmingham, East Midlands and Belfast City as the airline’s main bases. With expansion taking place at all three bases next summer bmibaby’s on-sale network now comprises 37 cities in 13 countries across Europe, including Croatia (Dubrovnik), Greece (Corfu) and Malta.