Bmi to axe London-Glasgow route

31 Jan 2011 by BusinessTraveller

Fans of Star Alliance will soon have no representative on the key London to Glasgow route.

In a move which will not come at a total surprise to many people (see online news January 17) Bmi has now announced it will end flights between the two cities with effect from March 27.

It means that British Airways will be handed a monopoly on the Glasgow to London Heathrow route which provides Scottish travellers not just with access to London but also with a multitude of connections to destinations further afield.

Bmi blames the route’s demise on the higher airport fees which will soon be levied on domestic passengers at Heathrow. 

It is also understood that Bmi has been suffering monthly losses of £1 million on the London-Glasgow service which it is currently serving with up to seven flights a day.

Point-to-point travellers still have alternatives in the shape of BA (to Heathrow, Gatwick and City) and Easyjet (to Luton, Stansted and Gatwick). There is also a Ryanair service linking Glasgow Prestwick with Stansted.

It would appear that Bmi will redeploy freed up aircraft along with its Heathrow slots to launch new services to Casablanca, Marrakech, Bergen and Stavanger. For more information see online news January 31.

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Report by Alex McWhirter

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