bmi regional set to launch new route from Bristol Airport

bmi regional, one of the UK’s leading regional airlines, has recently announced the launch of a new route to Nantes in France from Bristol Airport.

The new bmi regional Nantes service will take off on July 4, flying twice-weekly to the Loire region gateway. Fares to Nantes with bmi regional start from £79 one way. The launch is the latest milestone in the partnership between bmi regional and Bristol Airport.

The new route follows the introduction of services to Paris and Dusseldorf in April and the re-introduction of Milan at the beginning of the year. These routes, along with existing services (to Aberdeen, Hamburg, Munich and Frankfurt), take the total destinations currently serviced by bmi regional from the South West to eight.

Paul Sies, Chief Operating Officer at bmi regional, said: ‘In the South West, 5,000 companies are interested in or are already exporting to France and Germany. Nantes is the gateway to the Loire region, perfect for a weekend break. Meanwhile flying twice a day to Paris means that our passengers can have a full day of business in the French capital, rather than having to overnight there. Dusseldorf is an international business and financial centre and bmi regional is the only airline to directly connect the hub with businesses in the South West.’

Shaun Browne, Aviation Director at Bristol Airport, said: ‘We are delighted with the addition of the Nantes route to the bmi regional network. With large Airbus aerospace manufacturing sites in both Nantes and Saint Nazaire, the route will provide enhanced connectivity which is a key business focus for us. This region of France, with Nantes as the gateway provides easy access to both the Atlantic coast and the French countryside.’

The new service also comes as Bristol Airport is set to open its £8.6 million terminal extension early next month, offering more departure lounge seating as well as new retail and catering outlets for passengers.

Bristol Airport is the fifth largest outside of London, handling 6.3 million passengers in 2014 and planning approvals in place for up to 10 million passengers per annum. A new Hampton by Hilton hotel is also due to open at the Airport by next spring, it said.

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.