bmibaby announces further expansion at Birmingham International Airport
* 60% year on year growth in capacity at Birmingham
* Three additional Aircraft based at the airport taking total to Eight
* Many new destinations and increases in weekly flights expected
* Airline consolidates position as number one carrier in the Midlands
* More local jobs created
bmibaby, the award winning airline with tiny fares has today (Tuesday 19th September 2006) announced a significant expansion programme at Birmingham International Airport starting in January 2007. Capacity will increase by 60% year on year with the addition of three Boeing 737 aircraft taking the total number of bmibaby aircraft based at Birmingham International Airport to eight.
The expansion consolidates bmibaby’s position as the largest carrier at Birmingham and the largest carrier in the Midlands region. bmibaby is expected to be announcing several new destinations and an increase in frequency on some existing routes. Fares will continue to start from just £13.99 one way including taxes and charges.
bmibaby managing director, Crawford Rix, said:
“I am pleased to announce phase one of bmibaby’s rapid expansion programme at Birmingham International Airport starting in January 2007. We will be increasing our capacity by a massive 60% year on year as we increase the number of Boeing 737 operating from the airport to eight.
We will be introducing a number of exciting new destinations to compliment the thirteen European destinations that bmibaby currently serves from Birmingham International Airport. The new destinations have not been finalised as we are still in the process of compiling a short list of European destinations that offer the market potential and infrastructure to cope with the significant injection of passenger volumes that bmibaby will drive. The plan is to conclude discussions with short listed airport destinations over the next few weeks.
Fares will continue to be aggressively priced, starting from just £13.99 one way, including taxes and charges.
bmibaby remains the largest carrier in the Midlands and we have more exciting growth developments planned over the next 12 months as we consolidate and build on our number one position”
The addition of the new aircraft will create over 100 jobs directly with bmibaby and hundreds more are expected to be created in and around the region as a direct response to the increases in services.
bmibaby will be introducing one aircraft for January 2007 with the additional two aircraft arriving in time for the start of the summer season.
bmibaby only started operations at Birmingham in January 2005 but has grown rapidly to become the major carrier at the airport. The airline also flies to Alicante, Amsterdam, Belfast International, Bordeaux, Cork, Edinburgh, Knock, Nice, Malaga, Palma and Prague from Birmingham International and is the only major low cost carrier to allow free travel for infants (under 2 years of age) on board all its flights
Earlier this month the airline launched another new double daily service from Birmingham International to Aberdeen which commences flying on the 29th October 2006. Bookings are already ahead of expectation and can be made online now at bmibaby.com.