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City of Derry Flying High With New London Service

City of Derry Airport is flying high again after bmi regional launched its new double daily service between City of Derry (CoDA), and London Stansted.

 

Passengers departing and arriving on the inaugural flight on Tuesday were treated to light refreshments, entertainment and a beautiful keepsake certificate to mark the occasion.

Bmi regional welcomed the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock, onboard their inaugural flight, which departed City of Derry Airport at 06:45am. The Mayor was joined by members of the media who were also among the first to experience the high quality and convenient service on this new route.

Speaking in advance of departure, the Mayor, Alderman Hilary McClintock said she was delighted to have bmi regional operating the London service from City of Derry Airport and is confident the service will be a huge success for business and leisure travel.

“The route runs twice daily on a 49-seater jet aircraft with an early morning departure each day that is particularly suited to business travellers and commuters from the region to arrive in Central London early in the morning and complete a full day’s business before returning back on an early evening flight. Maintaining frequent, convenient and competitively priced air services to and from London is vitally important to the Council and the Airport and we believe that this route is vital for the future development of our regional economy and the social development of our region. I would like to extend my best wishes to bmi regional and wish them every success for this route,” she added.

Roy Devine, Chairman of CoDA Operations Ltd stated: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome bmi regional to City of Derry Airport – this is a very welcome boost for both the Airport and the wider North West region. A direct air link with a London airport is imperative for this region - and its business community."

He added that “the double daily service between City of Derry Airport and London Stansted, (exception Saturday when there is one service) has already proven very popular with business and leisure travellers throughout the North West with bmi regional indicating strong sales to date”.  The new service offers customers a convenient, all-inclusive service where 23kg bags fly for free and passengers can enjoy complimentary inflight drinks and snacks on board.

Jochen Schnadt, Chief Commercial Officer of bmi regional, commented, “The launch of this important new route, bmi regional’s first to/from Northern Ireland, connects business and leisure travellers from the capital and East Anglia to the North West region of Ireland.

Given Derry’s recent and sustained period of economic growth, significant investment in new jobs and the various future growth projects, we are positive that the enhanced double-daily connectivity bmi regional’s new service offers will generate additional activity in the market. It has become one of our fastest selling route launches and we are very pleased with customer acceptance of our latest service.

Regional & City Airport’s Contracts Director, and representative of the management company at the Airport, Clive Coleman, outlined that the new double daily service will enable travellers within the local area to depart CoDA early morning and return the same evening as well as acting as a catalyst for in-bound tourism to the region.

Commercial and Marketing Manager, Charlene Shongo outlined that fares start from £44 one way and all fares include 23kg of hold luggage, allocated seating and complimentary in-flight drinks and snacks. And Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “This is good news for tourism to Northern Ireland, and the North West in particular, for 2017. We look forward to working with BMI Regional, to maximise the promotion of this new service from London."

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