bmi regional launches three new routes from Bristol

bmi regional, a British regional airline that operates scheduled passenger services across the UK and Europe, has announced via its website that it is launching three new routes from Bristol airport in the UK.

The new routes, to Paris, Dusseldorf and Nantes, bring the number of routes served by bmi regional from Bristol to eight, alongside Aberdeen, Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt and Milan. Paris and Dusseldorf flights commence on Monday April 27 2015, with Nantes flights starting July 4 2015, and operating throughout the summer months. Flights go on sale today.

Robert Sinclair, chief executive officer at Bristol Airport, said: ‘These new flights will strengthen links to key markets in France and Germany for business and leisure passengers in the South West. Building on bmi regional’s existing services to Aberdeen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and Milan, these new destinations further enhance the airline’s growing base at Bristol Airport.

‘Direct flights to European cities such as Paris, Dusseldorf and Nantes provide passengers with a convenient local alternative to the London airports, saving them time and money in the process, and bmi regional’s reputation for reliability and service will make this option even more attractive. The double-daily weekday service to the French capital’s major airport, Paris Charles de Gaulle, adds capacity to another major global hub and makes a same day return possible for business passengers.’

Bristol-Paris flights will operate six days a week, with two flights a day Monday to Friday, and one flight on Sunday. Flights will depart Bristol at 7.20 and 13:50 five days a week, and 19:10 on Sunday. The return flight from Paris will be at 11:20 and 16:40 Monday to Friday and at 21:55 on Sunday, arriving back in Bristol at 22:10.

Bristol-Dusseldorf will operate six times a week, Sunday to Friday, departing Bristol at 17:25 Monday to Friday, and arriving in Dusseldorf at 19:50. The return flight will depart at 20:20 from Dusseldorf to Bristol, arriving back in Bristol at 20:55. On Sundays, the flight will depart Bristol at 15:00, arriving in Dusseldorf at 17:25. The Sunday return flight will depart Dusseldorf at 17:55, arriving back in Bristol at 18:30.

Bristol – Nantes will operate twice per week on Tuesday and Saturday departing Bristol on Tuesdays at 12:20, and arriving in Nantes at 14:30. The return flight will depart Nantes at 15:00, arriving back in Bristol at 15:10. On Saturdays, the flight will depart Bristol at 15:30, arriving in Nantes at 17:40. The Saturday return flight will depart Nantes at 18:10, arriving back in Bristol at 18:20. The first Nantes flight takes place on July 4 2015, with the final flight on September 12.

Fares from Bristol to Paris start at £69 one way, including all taxes. Fares to Dusseldorf and Nantes from Bristol start from £79 one way, including all taxes. All the new destinations will be operated by a bmi regional 49-seat Embraer 145 jet, with the Tuesday flight to Nantes operated by a 37-seat Embraer 135.

Passengers wishing to travel can book direct at or contact their local travel agent.

bmi regional launches ‘Be Elvis for a day’ for high flyers

As Elvis Presley’s private jets go up for sale, the UK’s regional airlines bmi regional is offering high flyers the chance to hire a private jet to ‘feel like ‘The King’ for a day’.

Aspiring celebrities can hire a 49-seater bmi regional jet aircraft for day for their own private use, at GBP300 per person per day when fully-booked, including full in-flight service with custom-made menu and bar. Rhinestone-adorned flares and sideburns will also be arranged if required.

The airline, which has received the honour of being UK’s most punctual scheduled airline for nine consecutive years, offers flyers the opportunity to choose their own schedule, a UK departure airport and a short haul destination – and even have their own name on the aircraft exterior. The aircraft can fly and return within the day, after a day out to Cannes, Milan or the Northern Lights of Scandinavia.

bmi regional offers private charter of its 49-seater Embraer 145 aircraft, which may be adorned with personal livery if required. The Embraer is a low wing T-tail aircraft powered by two rear mounted Rolls-Royce turbofans, with a speed of over 800 km/h and a cruising altitude of 37,000 ft. Full in-flight service include hot menus with full bar service, which may be personalised to exact dietary or special requirements.

Based on 49 passengers travelling from a UK airport, a round trip from the UK to the south of France can cost from GBP300 per person return – which includes full in-flight service.

bmi regional aircraft are popular among stars, bands and soccer teams, being hired regularly to jet between performances and games. With a wide range of private charter clients, and 70 years’ of flying legacy, bmi regional claims to be the go-to airlines for customised solutions to suit private charter requirements.


bmi regional advances summer schedule

bmi regional, one of Britain’s regional airlines, has said that following increased customer demand for its UK and European services, it has advanced two core routes ahead of its summer schedule launch with the addition of 7,000 seats.

With the latest increase, Bristol to Frankfurt and East Midlands to Brussels will now fly three times daily starting February 2, 2015 rather than at the end of March, the airline said. The increase adds 7,000 seats across the two routes for early 2015 with one way fares from East Midlands to Brussels from GBP65 and from Bristol to Frankfurt from GBP79.

In October, bmi regional  announced plans to increase capacity across its network by 16%, adding 60,000 extra seats for summer 2015. The investment on key routes was scheduled to provide an additional 10,000 seats per month from March 29, 2015. Cities including Aberdeen, Bristol, Brussels, Frankfurt and Munich were to benefit from the enhanced connectivity of triple daily flights and additional weekend services.

bmi regional CEO Cathal O’Connell, said: ‘Additional flights on these two routes were planned for summer 2015 but due to customer demand we’ve brought forward the start dates to 2 February. Travellers can now get to two of Europe’s most important financial and commercial cities even more easily and continue to enjoy the benefits we offer our customers as standard, including free checked baggage and a complimentary bar and snack service on board.’

O’Connell added: ‘Strengthening key routes is a cornerstone of our European expansion strategy that has seen us achieve connectivity between 20 destinations across seven countries since our launch as an independent carrier in 2012.’

bmi regional launched its first-ever website exclusively for the travel trade recently, as the airline is expecting to enter a new phase of growth. The website is designed to serve the needs of trade professionals throughout UK and Europe.

Passengers shunning Heathrow and Gatwick in favour of regional airports, bmi regional

Amid concerns that London Heathrow and Gatwick are running at full capacity and the long delays and flight cancellations caused by health screening at UK’s busiest airports, bmi regional reported that travellers increasingly prefer regional airports at this time.

On Sunday, Heathrow reported delays on up to 25% of outgoing flights and 18% of incoming flights, following bad weather, an online report said.

bmi regional CEO Cathal O’Connell said: ‘The chaotic scenes we have witnessed at London Heathrow over the past couple of days rarely happen at other airports. Heathrow and Gatwick are working at capacity and travelling to and from them is often stressful and time consuming.’

According to the British regional airline, travellers are now beginning to realise the benefits of flying from regional airports, such as less stressful journey times to the airport, fewer crowds and quicker check-in, convenient and cheaper car parking and less luggage time.

Cathal O’Connell adds: ‘Flying from regional airports will really cut down on parking charges – and the parking is much closer to the airport so saves time. Bristol is amongst the cheapest in the UK for on-site seven-day parking offering rates from just £29. At Birmingham Airport, you can literally walk to the long term car park in ten minutes – less time than it takes to get to the short term car park in Heathrow.

Smaller airports tend to be easier to travel to either by road or public transport, meaning shorter and more pleasant journeys. Increasingly we’re seeing consumers opt for the regional option, citing less stressful check-in processes, more pleasant journey times to the airport and cheaper parking closer to the airport as some of the main reasons.’

According to a survey by Which?, business parking at Heathrow costs up to £88.70, compared to just £19.84 at Manchester Airport. Additionally, average baggage carousel waiting times are listed as 29 minutes 29 seconds at Heathrow, almost double the 16 minutes and 15 seconds at Manchester.

While regional airports generally have fewer security delays, Heathrow currently advises passengers to allow three hours at the airport for long-haul flights, two hours for European flights and 90 minutes for domestic flights. Waiting times and security checks are often much shorter at regional airports.


bmi regional hikes capacity for summer 2015, adds 60,000 extra seats

British regional airline bmi regional has announced plans to increase capacity across its network by 16 percent in summer 2015 following increased demand for its UK and European services.

Key European cities like Frankfurt and Brussels will benefit from the multiple daily flights, convenient flight schedules and new weekend flights. The frequency increases on key routes come as the regional airline is preparing for a new phase of growth.

The move will provide an additional 10,000 seats per month starting March 29, 2015. Cities including Aberdeen, Bristol, Brussels, Frankfurt and Munich are expected to benefit from the enhanced connectivity created through the move to triple daily flights and additional weekend services.

Flights from Newcastle and East Midlands to Brussels will increase to thrice daily, Monday to Friday. Bristol to Frankfurt will operate three daily while Bristol to Aberdeen will also have three daily flights.

bmi regional has also announced an additional weekend service from Bristol to Frankfurt and Munich, with extra flights on Saturday mornings facilitating weekend trips as well as more connections via Lufthansa’s Frankfurt and Munich hubs.

bmi regional chief executive, Cathal O’Connell, said: ‘Increasing our frequency and providing new Saturday services will contribute to an exciting period of growth for the airline. Our investment in new scheduled capacity will increase the number of worldwide connections we offer with our partners Lufthansa and Brussels Airlines to provide additional flexibility and choice to our customers.’

While flights from Bristol to Frankfurt and Munich are codeshares with Lufthansa, those from Newcastle and East Midlands to Brussels operate as codeshares with Brussels Airlines. The codeshare agreement allows bmi regional customers to continue their journeys from their local airport to destinations across Europe, Asia, Africa and America.

bmi regional will continue to offer its USPs across all of its services, including free 20kg baggage allowance for all passengers; 30-minute check-in and allocated seating; complimentary in-flight catering and full drinks service, and a schedule to suit the needs of business travellers.


bmi set to boost services on UK and Europe routes

British airline bmi regional is planning to increase routes from Bristol Airport and East Midlands Airport from September 3.

As part of a plan to increase services on core commercial routes, bmi regional is boosting its return services between Bristol and Aberdeen and from East Midlands to Brussels to three times a day on Wednesday and Thursday.

The additional service departs Bristol at 11.30am, arriving at Aberdeen at 12.50pm, while on return the service takes off from Aberdeen at 3pm and lands at Bristol at 4.25pm. The additional flight departs East Midlands at 1.15pm, arriving into Brussels at 3.25pm; while the flight departs the Belgian capital at 3.55pm, arriving at East Midlands at 4.10pm.

‘We connect key regional UK airports with leading commercial centres across the UK and Europe, which are in high demand by business and leisure travellers,’ said bmi regional CEO, Cathal O’Connell. ‘Aberdeen, Bristol, the East Midlands region and Brussels are financial and industrial centres that require connectivity to thrive and expand, and by boosting our schedule we’re enabling business and tourism to flourish.’

Shaun Browne, Aviation Director at Bristol Airport, said: ‘With these additional flights bmi regional is strengthening links between the South West and North East Scotland and underlining its commitment to businesses in both regions. The bmi regional route network from Bristol Airport is now well established with the business community and we look forward to further enhancements to routes and services in future.’

As part of the plan, bmi regional will also increase flights between Karlstad in Sweden and Frankfurt, Germany to double daily on four week days with a convenient schedule for business travellers, enabling one-day visits for meetings and events.

All bmi regional fares include 30-minute check-in, 20kg checked baggage and full in-flight food and bar service. Fares start from £79 one way including all taxes and charges.

bmi regional to offer ‘rock star’ feel with private jet service this summer

As the UK summer carnival season kicks off with Glastonbury festival, bmi regional is offering customers who crave that rock star feeling the showiness of travelling by private jets with full in-flight service.

Aspiring rock-stars can hire a 50-seater bmi regional jet aircraft for their private use, including full in-flight service with customised menu and bar, at rates starting from £300 per person per day. Guests can also have their own name on the aircraft exterior.

Guests can also choose their own schedule, a UK departure airport and a short haul destination for the flight. The aircraft can fly and return within the day, a perfect rock star day out to Cannes, Milan or to Scandinavia.

With a range of private charter clients, and 70 years’ of flying practice, bmi regional has experience in offering personalised solutions to suit private charter requirements. The airline can lay claim to leading movie stars, sports stars and bands from across the globe regularly hiring bmi regional aircraft to jet between shows and games.

bmi regional offers low-fare private charter of its 50-seater Embraer aircraft, including personal livery, from £15,000 per day. Based on 50 passengers travelling from a UK airport to a short haul destination such as southern France, Croatia or Iceland – the cost is £300 per person, including full in-flight service.

bmi regional, which has been named the UK’s most punctual scheduled airline for nine consecutive years, marked its second anniversary as an independent airline in June 2014, and serves over 20 destinations across Europe.


bmi regional named UK’s most punctual scheduled airline for ninth year

bmi regional has been named the UK’s most punctual scheduled airline for the ninth consecutive year, placing it ahead of several carriers including British Airways, Ryanair and Flybe.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) used UK flight punctuality data by independent website to assess airlines’ punctuality. According to the 2013 data, bmi regional achieved an On-Time Performance of over 92 per cent in the twelve month period. The figure also places bmi regional above BA CityFlyer, KLM, CityJet, SAS, Aer Lingus, Flybe and EasyJet.

A flight is considered ‘on time’ if it departs or arrives within 15 minutes of its published schedule.

Cathal O’Connell, CEO of bmi regional, said: ‘As we continue to develop and expand our network, punctuality is an enduring priority for us. Being named for the ninth consecutive year as the most punctual scheduled airline in the UK is testament to the commitment and hard work of our teams on the ground and in the air who never lose sight of our customers’ needs.’

bmi regional – which became fully independent in June 2012 – owns and operates an all-jet fleet of 18 Embraer aircraft that serve routes between nine European countries. In 2013, the carrier won the prestigious ‘Silver Airline of the Year’ award at the European Regions Airline (ERA) Association in Salzburg, Austria.

In 2013, the airline expanded its profitable routes, doubled its charter business and launched domestic routes in Scandinavia to serve the oil and gas industry. Earlier in March, bmi regional launched the only direct service to link Newcastle and Brussels including a codeshare agreement with Brussels Airlines on the new route, it said.

All bmi regional flights offer 20kg checked baggage, a full at-seat bar and snack service, and 30-minute check-in.


bmi regional in biggest ever January sale, up to 30 percent off on 250,000 seats

UK-based airline, bmi regional, has launched the biggest January sale in its history, offering discounts of up to 30 percent on 250,000 seats across its extensive network.

With a travel window from March 1 to October 26, 2014, the airline is offering service to eight countries across Europe, starting from only £39.99 (one way). The key routes on offer include:

East Midlands/Newcastle  Brussels from £69.99: Visitor friendly, Brussels is a popular destination for weekend getaways. A centre of European culture, Brussels offers much more than the chocolate and beer that it is famous for. Known as ‘the European Village’, Brussels has almost 90 museums, beautiful parks, cheap, easily accessible public transport and hotel accommodation.

Bristol – Frankfurt from £69.99: Germany’s fifth-largest city, Frankfurt is an ideal weekend destination for art lovers. From the Stadel museum’s large old master collection to the tiny Museum of Applied Art, to the Saturday flea market, the city is much more than the financial metropolis for which it is best known.

Bristol – Milan (Malpensa) from £69.99: Financially Italy’s most important city, Milan is a paradise for shopping, football, opera, nightlife and fashion. The city is divided into ultra-modern and breathtakingly ancient – with more than 26 centuries of history and heritage to explore.

Aberdeen – Oslo from £99.99: The world’s winter capital is known for its cross-country ski trails; ice skating and tobogganing for the sporting enthusiast, and offers plenty to entertain those who want to shop, dance, dine or explore its culture.

bmi regional’s Steve Hoy, said: ‘Go ahead – pack what you want – as bags fly free with bmi regional. Enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks on all flights and, with just a 30-minute check in, you can save both time and money this year!’

The sale runs from January 2, 2014, to midnight of January 19, 2014. Qualifying travel dates are for March 1 to October 26, 2014. All flights in the bmi regional sale have the usual no-cost extra facilities, including: complimentary drinks and snacks on board; 30-minute check in and a 20kg hold baggage allowance.

bmi expands Scandinavian connections

bmi regional, the UK-based airline, is looking to expand its services in the Scandinavian market with the launch of scheduled services from Stavanger to Kristiansund and Gothenburg.

The new services will start from January 23, 2014 with Stavanger – Gothenburg operating a daily service Sunday to Friday, and Stavanger – Kristiansund operating daily Monday to Friday. The two routes are to complement bmi regional’s established services from Aberdeen to Oslo and Kristiansund and the new routes announced from Stavanger to Harstad-Narvik Airport (Evenes) and Tromso starting January 23, 2014.

Cathal O’Connell, chief executive of bmi regional, said: ‘The additional connectivity that we are providing out of Stavanger will further enhance our offering to the people, communities and businesses that we serve in Norway and Sweden. We anticipate that the new routes will attract both business and leisure traffic and support socio-economic development in the region.’

Airport Director, Stavanger, Leif Lorentzen, said: ‘Improved connectivity between Stavanger and Kristiansund has been on the regions wish list three years in a row – we know that the increased schedule will be welcome by the Stavanger and Kristiansund business community.

Ole Kristian Pettersen, Airport Director, Kristiansund Airport, said: ‘Increased connectivity for the oil and gas industries in Stavanger and Kristiansund has been on the agenda for several years. The introduction of bmi regional on this route will give both the business and leisure markets in both regions new and improved opportunities. We look forward to welcoming bmi regional with a second route from Kristiansund in less than 6 months.’

bmi regional has recently made other major route announcements in Norway, with Aberdeen to Kristiansund launched in August and Stavanger to Harstad-Narvik Airport (Evenes) and Tromso as well as Aberdeen to Oslo launched in October. The airline will commence a Newcastle – Brussels service in March next year.

bmi regional operates an 18-strong, all jet fleet serving 21 destinations in eight countries. It was named Silver Airline of the Year at the annual European Regions Airline Association (ERAA) awards in October.