bmibaby adds new routes from Belfast City, Birmingham and East Midlands

bmibaby adds new routes from Belfast City, Birmingham and East Midlands

Spanish guitar player Paddy Anderson and flamenco dancers Teresa Ruiz and Eli Garcia celebrated bmibaby’s route launches with the first passengers on the airline’s new routes from Belfast City; Mary Hunter from Hillsborough, and Declan McMackin and Mark Hodgins from Bangor.

Passengers arrived in Gibraltar on bmibaby’s first flight from East Midlands to the British overseas territory at the Iberian Peninsula. Neil Costa, Gibraltar’s Minister for Tourism, Public Transport and the Port, was on site to welcome passengers and dignitaries, which included Gibraltar Tourist Board’s CEO Nicky Guerrero and Peter Canessa, Director of Gibraltar House in London. At East Midlands, passengers had enjoyed a farewell from Gibraltar’s Kaiane Aldorino, Miss World 2009.

  • Following last week’s launch of three new routes from Belfast City (BHD), bmibaby has added another route from the airport this week. Palma de Mallorca (PMI) will be served twice-weekly during the summer season with a third weekly flight between the end of June and the beginning of September. In addition the airline has launched six other new routes; three each from its two bases in the UK midlands, Birmingham (BHX) and East Midlands (EMA). The three ‘new’ Birmingham routes to Barcelona (BCN), Lisbon (LIS) and Rome Fiumicino (FCO) have all been served by the airline before. Barcelona was served between 2007 and 2009, while Lisbon and Rome were both served between 2008 and 2009. Direct competition on these routes is currently limited to Monarch’s new service to Rome. From East Midlands (EMA), bmibaby faces direct competition from Ryanair (with daily flights) on the Murcia (MJV) route, and from Thomson Airways (with weekly flights) on the Naples (NAP) route.
Launch date Origin Destination WF
27-Mar-12 Belfast City (BHD) Palma de Mallorca (PMI) 2
29-Mar-12 Birmingham (BHX) Barcelona (BCN) 4
31-Mar-12 Birmingham (BHX) Lisbon (LIS) 2
30-Mar-12 Birmingham (BHX) Rome Fiumicino (FCO) 4
31-Mar-12 East Midlands (EMA) Gibraltar (GIB) 3
31-Mar-12 East Midlands (EMA) Murcia (MJV) 2
01-Apr-12 East Midlands (EMA) Naples (NAP) 2
Source: anna.aero new route database       WF: Weekly frequency

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