Ryanair Steps in With Rescue Fares to Help Stranded bmibaby Passengers

Ryanair, an Ireland-based low cost airline, is offering a new fare deal for passengers already booked with the airline, bmibaby, following bmibaby’s plan to wind up operations, starting with its imminent summer schedule.

bmibaby, a subsidiary of UK-based British Midland Airways Limited (bmi), is to close its operations in phases, the initial phase commencing from June 2012, and the final phase ending in September 2012.

Ryanair is stepping up its summer schedule to offer stranded bmibaby passengers booked from the Belfast and Birmingham airports rescue fares commencing from £29.99 one way.

The airline is working with British International Airlines Group (IAG), the parent company of British Airways, and current owner of bmibaby, to accommodate bmibaby passengers on a priority basis. Passengers with confirmed bmibaby bookings on the routes between Belfast and Birmingham, to Glasgow, London, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Ibiza, Alicante, Faro, Malaga and Palma, may apply for a corresponding booking with Ryanair.

The fares are available until May 20, 2012, at www.ryanair.com/member/ryanairbmibabyfare.html, and will remain valid for travel between June 11 and October 27, 2012. Passengers will have to provide details of their original bmibaby booking reference and their itinerary to take advantage of the offer.

The company head of communications, Stephen McNamara, said, ‘Ryanair is offering to rescue the summer travel plans of passengers who have had their BMI Baby flights to/from Belfast and Birmingham cancelled by allowing them to reach their final destination on Ryanair flights from Derry, Dublin or East Midlands at fares from just £29.99 one way.’