‘Baby’ Switches Services to Belfast City

Low cost airline bmibaby has today announced it will begin flying from George Best Belfast City Airport to Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and East Midlands Airport from January 10, 2011.

The airline will move its operation from Belfast International Airport to Belfast City Airport it says in order to “offer more convenient services to passengers wishing to travel into Belfast.”

The new bmibaby routes will add to bmi’s current flights between Belfast City Airport and London Heathrow, meaning that the bmi group will become one of the largest operators from Belfast City Airport. The airline will operate up to 48 flights a week from Belfast to its regional airports, with fares starting from just £9.99 one way including taxes. With up to nine daily departures to the UK Mainland, the low cost airline will offer a convenient morning and evening schedule suitable to both the business and leisure traveller.

Julian Carr, Managing Director, bmibaby, said: “We are excited to announce that from January 10, 2011 we will commence operations from Belfast City Airport to Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and East Midlands Airport.

“This move will enable our customers to have a frequent and comfortable jet service from Belfast City Airport to key cities within the UK Mainland. Bmibaby will offer low great low fares and frequent flights, meaning the new services will work well for both business and leisure travellers looking to fly to regional airports in the UK.”

Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, Chief Executive Officer, bmi, said: “bmi British Midland International has a long and proud connection with Northern Ireland, serving the city of Belfast for over 26 years. It makes obvious business sense to have the bmi group airlines serving the same Belfast airport. The bmi group will now offer up to 89 flights a week to Heathrow and the UK regions.”

Brian Ambrose, Chief Executive of Belfast City Airport said: “We’re delighted that bmibaby recognise the continuing investment in the airport’s infrastructure, aimed at improving the passenger experience, which we believe makes Belfast City Airport world class. This is great news not only for the 1,500 people employed here but the wider community who rely on the airport’s continuing success.”