Bmibaby ceases operations

Bmi’s low-cost subsidiary Bmibaby took its last flight over the weekend, after just over a decade of operation.

The carrier has posted the following statement on its website at bmibaby.com:

“Been nice knowing you, baby!

“On September 9, 2012 Bmibaby flew its last ever flight.

“Thanks to everyone who has flown with us over the years.

“It’s been so much fun, baby!”

Bmibaby was launched in early 2002, with initial flights between its base at East Midlands airport and Malaga. Over the course of the next decade further bases were opened at Cardiff, Durham Tees Valley, Manchester, Birmingham and Belfast City.

When BA’s parent company IAG agreed to buy Bmi from Lufthansa, it had originally been hoped Bmibaby would be sold as a going concern, with several groups entering discussions to buy the budget carrier (see online news February 2 and March 5).

But in May IAG announced it had taken the decision to close the airline, with all flights ceasing by September 9 (see online news May 4).

The Bmibaby website continues to show contact details for customer relations, and lost and damaged baggage claims – for more information visit bmibaby.com.

Report by Mark Caswell

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  • My son had been with them for 10 years since he left college. He and his colleagues who have all lost their jobs are heartbroken. What a pity someone couldn’t have bought BMI baby. He was a duty manager at East Midlands. He was lucky to get another job at the airport, but at a much lower grade and pay.

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