Bmi baby move ‘great news’ for airport
BMI Baby's announcement that it is to switch its operations from Belfast International Airport to George Best Belfast City Airport has met with mixed reactions.
Residents’ group Belfast City Airport Watch spokesperson, Dr Liz Fawcett said: “The airport’s passenger limit is vital in terms of noise management, and we are worried about the implications of this move by bmibaby.
“Many people expected us to celebrate when Ryanair departed, but we knew it wouldn’t be long before other airlines moved in.”
For bmibaby passengers, however, the move means flights to Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and East Midlands Airport from the city airport.
The new bmibaby services will add to bmi’s current flights between Belfast City Airport and London Heathrow, meaning that the bmi group will become one of the largest operators from City Airport.
The airline will operate up to 48 flights a week with fares starting from just £9.99 one way including taxes.
Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, Chief Executive Officer, bmi, said bmi British Midland International had been serving the city of Belfast for over 26 years.
“It makes obvious business sense to have the bmi group airlines serving the same Belfast airport. The group’s physical presence at the airport is also increased and customers now have an excellent range of bmi group UK destinations available from Belfast City Airport — the best choice for business and leisure travellers alike. The bmi group will now offer up to 89 flights a week to Heathrow and the UK regions.”
Brian Ambrose, Chief Executive of Belfast City Airport said: “We’re delighted that bmibaby recognise the continuing investment in the airport’s infrastructure, aimed at improving the passenger experience, which we believe makes Belfast City Airport world class.
“This is great news not only for the 1,500 people employed here but the wider community who rely on the airport’s continuing success.”