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Bmi regional launch 6 new routes today, creating over 100 new jobs in Birmingham and Bristol

Consumers looking to avoid airport congestion will be skipping their way to two of England’s regional airports, as full service airline bmi regional, recently awarded the accolade of the UK’s most punctual airline for the eighth consecutive year, launches a flurry of new routes from Birmingham Airport and Bristol Airport. 

Cathal O’Connell CEO of bmi regional said: “Today we are very proud to launch 6 new routes from Birmingham and Bristol to Gothenburg, Lyon, Toulouse, Hannover, Munich and Milan.  bmi regional has already created over 100 new jobs with these new routes in the South West and the Midlands. These routes are an indication of our commitment to UK regions and a significant investment in Bristol and Birmingham; we expect to continue to significantly increase employment and create a better network for both leisure and business travellers from the Midlands. 

"The launch of these six routes is a continuation of bmi regional’s promise to serve key economic and tourism hubs across Europe. These new routes are incremental to the four new routes rolled out since bmi regional established itself as an independent airline in 2012 (Bristol to Aberdeen, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Manchester to Antwerp).  With fares starting from as little as £39, we are reducing both the cost and travel time for both business and leisure travellers who wish to travel to popular European destinations.  With increasing congestion in some London airports, Bristol and Birmingham Airports are a great alternative to those who recognise the benefits of less crowded airports, speedy boarding, good shopping and eating facilities" continued O'Connell.

Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport’s CEO said, “We’re delighted to welcome bmi regional to Birmingham Airport. Not only will the new flights provide links to some currently un-served European markets from the Midlands, its arrival will also create new jobs and open up better trade links between Birmingham, France, Sweden and Denmark. bmi regional’s arrival also gives a great choice of European city break locations to explore.”

Tim Harrison-Jones, General Manager at Warwick Castle said: “As one of the region’s leading attractions, we’re delighted about the new bmi regional routes as they make it even easier to reach the Midlands. We’re looking forward to working closely with bmi regional to promote the region and Britain’s Ultimate Castle to new visitors from France, Denmark and Sweden.”

Shaun Browne, Aviation Director at Bristol Airport, said: “It is exciting to see these high profile destinations served once again from Bristol Airport.  Each city has much to offer both business and leisure passengers, and the new routes represent a great opportunity for the local tourism economy to tap into new overseas markets.  The visit of the delegation from Hannover demonstrates the positive role direct flights can play in fostering business and cultural links between cities.”

bmi regional customer and Airbus General Manager and Human Resources Director, Mark Stewart said: “These new services will be welcomed by our employees especially the direct route to Munich which will give us much better access to our colleagues in EADS. Coming on top of the recently announced new route from Bristol to Hamburg it will certainly help reduce travel time and increase business efficiency allowing our employees to reach their destination quicker, whilst continuing to support our local airport.”

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