Following Ryanair’s recent announcement, Flybe, a UK-based airline company, has announced new flights to supplement bmibaby routes affected by the sudden halt of operations.
Earlier, bmibaby, an airline subsidiary of UK-based British Midland Airways Limited (bmi), reported closing down its operations in phases, with the initial phase commencing from June 2012.
Flybe is offering to bring forward its earlier announced plans to start new routes from East Midlands airport to early summer, to take care of bmibaby passengers stranded by its ceasing of operations.
The new routes from East Midlands to Amsterdam, in the Netherlands; Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport in France; Jersey; as well as Edinburgh and Glasgow, in Scotland; will now commence from June 10, 2012.
Andrew Strong, managing director of Flybe UK, said, ‘We have been surprised at Bmibaby’s decision to close some of its routes within just six weeks time. As a result, we are doing everything we can to work with our airport partners in ensuring that those passengers wanting to travel from East Midlands Airport are not left stranded.
We realise that many passengers rely on East Midlands for their regional and European travel. We are therefore pleased that we can offer them continuity of service with increased weekday frequency on our Belfast City service and that our flexible special offer over the next few days will facilitate urgent bookings to take place with due peace of mind.
Flybe has long had a desire to bring to the East Midlands the specialist long term and stable regional air services that we have brought to virtually every major UK regional airport over the last 25 years. We are confident that the measures we have taken today should ensure that passengers experience little or no service disruption on what are crucially important links for the East Midlands economy.’