Bmi drops routes from LHR, Manchester and East Midlands

14 Sep 2009 by BusinessTraveller

Bmi will cut routes between Manchester and Glasgow, East Midlands and Cologne, and Heathrow and Palma / Venice this winter, blaming a decline in demand and increasing costs.

The Manchester to Glasgow route (operated by Bmi Regional), will cease on September 18, leaving just Flybe serving the route, while the East Midlands to Cologne service will close on the same day, meaning there will no longer be any direct carriers on the route.

From London Heathrow the routes to Palma and Venice will cease on November 3 and 15 respectively. Bmi is also reducing its service between Heathrow and Belfast City from eight to seven flights per day from October 25.

The carrier says that the decision to withdraw the services “hasn’t been easy”, but says that a “decline in demand coupled with an increase in costs has made operating these routes unsustainable”.

Bmi is also changing the schedule on its flights between Manchester and London, including a new mid-morning flight service departing Manchester at 1050. The carrier says the changes will create more convenient flight times for customers making onward connections with Bmi at Heathrow to destinations such as Beirut, Cairo and Tel Aviv.

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Report by Mark Caswell

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