New German routes added from East Midlands Airport

bmibaby has launched phase one of its winter flying programme for East Midlands Airport 2010-2011 with eight key domestic and city routes going on sale. The low cost airline will also launch new routes to Germany from East Midlands Airport. Phase two of the winter launch will go on sale within the next few weeks. Winter flights will be available for travel from 31 October 2010 until 26 March 2011.

bmibaby will operate new services from East Midlands Airport to Cologne and Munich. With frequent flights and low fares, these routes will be popular with both business and leisure travellers. bmibaby will be the only low cost airline to offer these destinations from each airport. The airline expects to carry approximately 86,200 passengers on the new services.

The airline will go on sale with phase one of the winter flying programme with flights from East Midlands Airport to Amsterdam, Belfast International, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Jersey and Paris. Phase two of the winter 2010/2011 flight programme will go on sale shortly.

Route Start date Frequency Fares start from
East Midlands -Cologne 31 October 2010 Daily except Saturday 24.99 one way including all taxes.
East Midlands – Munich 17 September 2010 Until 30 October: Monday, Friday and Sunday. From 31 October Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. 24.99 one way including all taxes.

Julian Carr, commercial director, bmibaby, said:

“We are pleased to go on sale with phase one of our winter 2010/2011 flying programme today from East Midlands Airport. This allows customers to book flights for travel up until 26 March 2011.

“We have decided to launch the new routes to Munich and Cologne after listening to customer feedback, and because we want to expand the bmibaby brand into Germany. Both Cologne and Munich are key business hubs and this will allow the region to develop strong business links with Germany. Munich is also a popular leisure destination and we will be starting the service from East Midlands Airport to Munich in time for the famous German beer festival Oktoberfest.

“We will be the only low cost carrier to operate these routes from the airport, thereby opening up another country from the region at great low prices.

“We will be adding more flights and routes to our winter flying programme over the coming weeks.”

Penny Coates, managing director, East Midlands Airport, said:

"Direct links with Cologne and Munich will open up new business opportunities and play a key role in boosting the local economy, demonstrating the importance of good air links."

Martin Traynor, managing director, Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce, said:

"Local businesses will certainly welcome these new bmibaby routes to Cologne and to Munich. With the current competitiveness of the pound against the Euro, it has opened up a whole new market for UK exporters.
Northern Germany was previously a market we could not penetrate.

"Now with the competitive rate of the pound against the Euro, many businesses in Leicester and Leicestershire will be looking to supply goods and services to this part of Germany. Therefore these new routes will help businesses in the region grow."

David Hood, Head of International Trade and Information, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said:

“The Chamber certainly welcomes the announcement of these new flights to key locations in Germany, which remains an extremely important country to the UK in terms of trading.

“Having more local access to flights to a wide range of locations will certainly make it much easier for local business owners to develop relationships and build up trading links with firms over there.

“The Chamber has a significant number of members which already do business in Germany and these new flights will not only help them to develop their existing relationships, but also encourage more businesses to look for new opportunities and customers there. It is vital that the Chamber’s member businesses have easy access to Germany. Not only is it one of the EU’s economic powerhouses, but exporters from many countries often use Germany as a gateway to the rest of the EU and beyond.”

Published on: 23/03/2010 15:06:56

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