BMI Cuts Routes
December 1st, 2009 by elisa

Just as Easyjet adds new routes, Bmi takes theirs away as it battles against “unprecedented market conditions” and indicates job cuts (also see related blog article on the Bmibaby job cuts here).

Flights to Tel Avis, Kiev, Aleppo, Amsterdam and Brussels are being suspended. Job cuts will come from all areas of the business, operational and corporate functions and the number of full-time equivalent jobs at risk of redundancy is expected to be approximately 600.

Routes are being suspended to “improve the profitability” of the carrier, and Lufthansa report to be “committed to helping Bmi restructure the airline to return it to profitability.”

Bmi managing director Dominic Paul said: “We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience the route suspensions cause our customers and travel agents and would like to take this opportunity to thank those who have supported us on these routes for their loyalty and business.

“Agents holding Bmi bookings on affected routes need to ticket by 1 December to be eligible for reprotection. Agents will be contacted from 2 December with reprotection options.”

The restructuring programme will see the following routes dropped:

London Heathrow-Tel Aviv. Last flight ex Heathrow 9 January 2010, last flight ex Tel Aviv 10 January 2010.

London Heathrow-Kiev. Last flights 10 January 2010.

London Heathrow-Aleppo. Last flight ex Heathrow 9 January 2010, last flight ex Aleppo 10 January 2010.

London Heathrow-Amsterdam. Last flights 27 March 2010

London Heathrow-Brussels. Last flights 9 January 2010.

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