Articles Tagged ‘EMA’
Bye bye bmibaby at Belfast City, Birmingham, East Midlands; Aer Lingus, Flybe, Jet2.com and Monarch stepping in
Started in the summer of 2002, bmibaby’s passenger numbers peaked in 2007 as the carrier tried a total of six UK regional bases. Which routes was it operating this summer, what competition did it face, and which carriers have already stepped in to replace which services?
Flybe now served Glasgow and Edinburg from East Midlands Airport, taking over from bmibaby.
Monarch launches services from East Midlands to Alicante, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca in Spain, and to Faro in Portugal.
Ryanair starts flying from both Gran Canaria and Tenerife Sur to Oviedo in Asturias; launches flights to Zadar in Croatia from East Midlands.
Jet2.com adds four routes from Newcastle, two from East Midlands and one from Leeds/Bradford.
bmibaby commences seasonal services from East Midlands to Catania and Corfu; adds Ibiza from Belfast City.
Jet2.com starts low-frequency service from East Midlands Airport to Pisa in Tuscany, Italy.
Lufthansa was unable to find buyers for bmibaby and bmi regional. Will BA have better luck? If not it would seem that the two airlines’ days are numbered. We take a closer look at the fleet and route networks of the two niche carriers to see what prospective purchasers would be getting.
Remember Go? Ten years ago it was Europe’s third largest LCC with a fleet of 27 737s based at London Stansted, Bristol and East Midlands. Then easyJet decided to make an offer Go’s majority shareholder (3i) couldn’t refuse. So what became of Go’s route network and the senior management team that ran the airline?
bmibaby adds seven new routes to Barcelona, Gibraltar, Lisbon, Murcia, Naples, Palma de Mallorca and Rome.
Ryanair launches major Greek offensive. Alexandroupolis, Araxos/Patras, Chania, Corfu, Kefalonia, Kos, Rhodes and Thessaloniki all benefit.
Ryanair launches 70 new routes across Europe this week. More to follow next week.