bmi announces additional flights on Bristol – Paris route

bmi has announced plans to expand the Paris CDG service from its Bristol hub, with increased frequencies effective from May 14, 2018.

The airline, which currently flies twice daily between Bristol and Paris, said that it will further add three flights a week – on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. As per the revised schedule, starting May 14, the Bristol – Paris Charles de Gaulle route will operate thrice daily on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, twice daily on Tuesdays and Fridays, and a service on Sundays.

In addition, bmi also enables business and leisure travellers from the South West to connect three times daily to Frankfurt and twice daily to Munich, offering them to travel across Europe and further afield, via both Munich and Frankfurt hubs and also its codeshare agreement with Lufthansa and Air Dolomiti.

Jochen Schnadt, Chief Commercial Officer of bmi, commented, ‘Providing a convenient, quality air link between the South West / South Wales and Europe’s most prominent business and leisure destinations has always been a priority for bmi, and we are delighted to continue to build the network at our Bristol base.

‘Having consistently invested in our service offering from our Bristol hub, manifesting itself in increased frequencies on key business routes as well as new destinations such as our recently launched Bristol to Gothenburg service, we believe these additional flights between Paris and Bristol will offer our customers an even greater choice, with greatly improved convenience and flexibility, alongside the continued service, efficiency and value that our customers expect from bmi. With the strong affinity between the Paris Metropolitan region and the South West / South Wales, especially in the energy and aerospace industries space, increasing our service offering now to 14x weekly flights in either direction, we are looking to directly address our customers’ needs.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport added, ‘We are delighted bmi regional will increase the capacity on flights between Bristol and Paris (Charles de Gaulle) airports. This will provide improved services to a European hub airport offering world-wide connections whether for business or leisure.’

bmi offers flights from Bristol to Paris from £70 one way. All fares are inclusive of 23kg of hold luggage, allocated seating, complimentary in-flight drinks and snacks and 30 minute check-ins. Tickets are available to book at https://www.bristolairport.co.uk/.

bmi commences new route from Bristol to Gothenburg

bmi has announced the launch of a new flight service from Bristol to Gothenburg, the airline’s first Swedish route from Bristol.

The service will operate twice weekly, with fares starting from £99 one way. The route flies out of Bristol on a Monday and Thursday, departing Bristol at 13.40, and arriving in Gothenburg at 16.50. The return flights depart Gothenburg on Tuesdays at 14.40 and arrive in Bristol at 16.00, and on Fridays departing Gothenburg at 11.40, arriving in Bristol at 13.00.

Gothenburg is a centre for global trade and is the location of Scandinavia’s largest port. It is also a popular mini break destination for culture and nightlife, as well as access to the coast of West Sweden. The new route brings the number of destinations served by bmi from Bristol Airport to nine, joining the existing network of Paris, Milan, Munich, Brussels, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Aberdeen.

Commenting on the launch, bmi’s Chief Commercial Officer, Jochen Schnadt said: ‘As part of our on-going strategy to connect key business regions, it was a natural choice to increase our service offering to and from Gothenburg, connecting Sweden’s second largest city to our largest UK base in Bristol. Given our experiences on the UK to Gothenburg market so far, we believe this new route will prove attractive to business as well as leisure customers alike, who enjoy bmi’s fast and convenient air-services.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director Bristol Airport said: ‘We are delighted with the launch of the new Gothenburg route operating twice weekly from Bristol Airport. This extends the choice of destinations available to passengers from the South West and Wales, whether travelling for business or leisure. The route also provides inbound visitors, using Bristol Airport, ease of access, whether it is for a city break, visiting the various tourist attractions and conference venues the region has to offer.’

In addition to the 23kg of hold baggage, the bmi ticket price includes complimentary in-flight drinks and snacks, 30-minute check-ins or online check-in and allocated window or aisle with leather seating on its all-jet fleet.

bmi launches new route from Bristol to Gothenburg

bmi has announced plans to launch a new route from Bristol to Gothenburg, starting January 22, 2018, according to a release by Bristol Airport.

Gothenburg is bmi’s first Swedish route from Bristol, and the airline will operate a twice weekly route between the two cities. The route will fly out of Bristol on Mondays and Thursdays, departing Bristol at 13.40, arriving Gothenburg at 16.50. The return flights will depart Gothenburg on Tuesdays at 14.40 and arrive in Bristol at 16.00, and on Fridays departing Gothenburg at 11.40, arriving Bristol at 13.00.

Flights are on sale now at flybmi.com. Fares on the route start from £99 one way. Besides the 23kg of hold baggage, the bmi ticket price includes complimentary in-flight drinks and snacks, and 30-minute check-in or online check in.

Commenting on the launch, bmi’s Chief Commercial Officer, Jochen Schnadt said: ‘As part of our ongoing strategy to connect key business regions, it was a natural choice to increase our service offering to/from Gothenburg by adding a further Gothenburg Route to our network connecting Sweden’s 2nd largest city to our largest UK Base in Bristol. Given our experiences on the Birmingham to Gothenburg market so far, we believe this new route will prove attractive to business as well as leisure customers alike enjoying bmi’s service of fast and convenient air-services.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director Bristol Airport added, ‘We are delighted with the announcement of the new Gothenburg route operating twice weekly from Bristol Airport. This extends the choice of destinations available to passengers from the South West and Wales, whether travelling for business or leisure. The route also provides inbound visitors using Bristol Airport, ease of access, whether it is for a city break, visiting the various tourist attractions and conference venues the region has to offer.’

With the new route, the number of destinations served by bmi from Bristol will increase to nine. The bmi network from Bristol includes Paris, Milan, Munich, Brussels, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Aberdeen. With onward connections at Munich, Brussels and Frankfurt, bmi also enables customers from the South West to travel further into Europe and other global destinations, the airline said.

Bmi regional to launch new route to Graz from Birmingham Airport

Birmingham Airport has announced that bmi regional has returned to the airport with the launch of its new flight to Graz, Austria.

Graz will be bmi regional’s first destination in Austria. The new route is also the only direct flight from the UK to Graz, exclusive to bmi regional and Birmingham Airport. The launch is part of bmi regional’s growth strategy to provide connectivity between key regional business destinations in Europe.

Austria’s second largest city situated on the River Mur, Graz was added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites in 1999, and its key attractions include Projekt Spielberg – Red Bull’s home of motorsports and the venue of Austria’s F1 race, MotoGP and DTM; Steirische Weinstrasse – a wine region which is also known as the Austrian Tuscany; hermenregion: a spa area home to nine thermal spas, each offering their own unique take on the healing thermal waters of the area and Golf: Graz is home to 10 courses including six 18 hole courses, one of them a championship course.

Graz is also a gateway to some of Austria’s best ski resorts, including Schladming and the Dachstein region.

The twice weekly service will operate on Mondays and Fridays initially before increasing to four times weekly from next month. Fares on the route start from £99 one way.

Jochen Schnadt, Chief Commercial Officer for bmi regional said: ‘With this new connection between Graz and Birmingham, we are continuing to pursue our strategy of developing tailor-made products for business and leisure travel. We’re optimistic that the implementation of this link between Graz and Birmingham will be a success for our customers and stakeholders alike.’

Tom Screen, Head of Aviation Development at Birmingham Airport, said: ‘We’re delighted with the launch of bmi’s Graz route today. With Birmingham being the only UK airport offering flights to Graz, we are filling a gap in the market for business and leisure travellers alike to take advantage of a city break in this vibrant destination. Furthermore we’re excited to welcome bmi regional back to Birmingham and look forward to our passengers enjoying the airline’s excellent service, efficiency and value.’

In addition to Graz, bmi regional will be launching two more routes from Birmingham Airport. The airline will commence services to Gothenburg and Nuremburg from May 2017, the airport said. All fares include complimentary in-flight drinks and snacks, 23kg of hold luggage, allocated seating and speedy 30 minute check-ins.

bmi regional announces three new European routes from Birmingham Airport

bmi regional has announced three new destinations – Graz, Austria; Nuremburg, Germany; and Gothenburg, Sweden – from Birmingham starting early 2017 as the European regional airline plans to launch a new base at Birmingham Airport.

Featured in the list of UNESCO world heritage sites, Graz lies on the River Mur and will be bmi regional’s first destination in Austria. Besides being a cultural hotspot, Graz also presents key attractions for motorsports and golf enthusiasts.

bmi regional’s seventh destination in Germany, the Bavarian city of Nuremberg is the second largest city in the region after Munich. Nuremberg has vast arts and culture sites for tourists and features a host of museums dedicated to design, painting and modern art.

With its diverse culture and vibrant nightlife, Gothenburg is a popular mini break destination. Just two hours’ flying time from Birmingham, Gothenburg will be bmi regional’s fourth destination in Sweden.

The Graz flight will commence on February 27, 2017, initially with a twice weekly service on Mondays and Fridays, increasing to four times weekly in March. Fares will start from  £99.00 one way. The Nuremberg and Gothenburg routes will start on May 8, 2017, with six return flights per week. Fares start from £79.00 one way and £89.00 one way respectively.

Commenting on the new routes, Jochen Schnadt, Chief Commercial Officer from bmi regional, said: ‘bmi regional has always offered customers an array of up and coming destinations to explore and enjoy, and we anticipate all three routes to be popular. Given the many issues we are facing in different parts of Europe and the world these days, many people are looking for new experiences in more familiar regions and our new destinations have an abundance of interesting and exciting experiences to offer to customers. We’re also happy to once again be bringing the bmi regional level of quality, convenience, service and professionalism to travellers from the Midlands.’

William Pearson, Aviation Director of Birmingham Airport said: ‘It is great news that bmi regional will be offering flights to Nuremberg, Gothenburg and Graz this year. All three routes are currently un-served from Birmingham, so we thank bmi regional for filling these gaps and offering leisure travellers the chance to visit these vibrant city break destinations in Sweden, Austria and Germany with an airline that offers excellent service, efficiency and value.’

The fares include complimentary in-flight drinks and snacks, 23kg of hold luggage, allocated seating and 30 minute check-ins. Flights on all-routes are available for booking at www.flybmi.com.

bmi regional expands key business routes from Bristol Airport

bmi regional has announced additions to its schedule for summer 2016 from Bristol Airport, with the addition of extra rotations and improved schedules.

The new 2016 summer schedule will add an additional ten flights to bmi regional’s existing seven routes, offering more flexible and convenient business travel from Bristol. As per the revised schedule, bmi regional will increase service and offer changed timings to Paris, improved connectivity via Frankfurt, a new double daily service to Dusseldorf and an additional Munich rotation.

The airline has announced a new evening rotation from Bristol to Paris (CDG), offering increased flexibility for business and leisure travellers. The summer 2016 schedule offers up to twice daily flights direct from Bristol to Paris, at fares starting £49 one way.

The new summer schedule from Bristol to Frankfurt will feature three daily weekday rotations with up to twice daily rotations on weekends. The improvements will also see improved connectivity with code-share partner Lufthansa, enabling links to and from a further 200 onward destinations. bmi regional fares from Bristol to Frankfurt start from GBP81 one way.

The airline has further increased services to Dusseldorf on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to twice daily, with the new timings enabling passengers to travel the city and back in the same day. Fares to Dusseldorf cost from £79 one way.

In addition, Bristol to Munich – one of bmi regional’s most popular routes – will now have a new Monday morning rotation. The new flights depart Bristol at 06.30am, arriving in Munich at 09.30, conveniently timed for early Monday meetings. The return flight departs Munich at 10.40, arriving in Bristol at 11.40. Fares cost from £81 one way.

Commenting on the service improvements, Chief Commercial Officer Jochen Schnadt said: ‘Bristol Airport is a key UK hub for bmi regional and one which we are continually growing and developing. With our convenient, comfortable and quality product we are all about connecting businesses and regions and these changes and additions to our network and schedule from the South West are a direct response to our customers’ requirements for improved connectivity.’

Shaun Browne, Bristol Airport’s Aviation Director said: ‘We are delighted with bmi regional’s expansion of its Bristol services. In particular the improved benefits of the additional flights to Dusseldorf which will offer a day return product on key days of the week. The new schedule on Paris Charles de Gaulle is also welcome as it provides improved connectivity for business and leisure passengers from both the UK and France.’

bmi regional introduces ‘Flight Pass’ on Norwich-Aberdeen route, increases capacity

UK-based regional airline bmi regional has announced a multiple purchase discount scheme on its Norwich – Aberdeen route along with an expansion of services.

bmi regional is introducing ‘Flight Pass’ – a multiple purchase discount scheme on the Norwich – Aberdeen route offering regular travellers’ savings of between 10 per cent and 40 per cent on the base fare. In addition, starting January 11 2016, the airline will increase capacity on the route, moving from two to three daily return flights.

A valuable offering on the route, Flight Pass is expected to attract a high number of regular travellers. It will enable passengers to achieve savings in excess of £1,000 by booking up to six return trips in advance. Based on a sliding scale of discounts two return trips will attract a 10 per cent discount while six return trips will attract the maximum 40 per cent reduction.

Flight Pass customers will continue to enjoy bmi regional’s services including fast track security at Aberdeen Airport, online check-in, lounge access with a full bar service, 20kg baggage allowance and complimentary drinks and snacks on-board, Norwich Airport said in a release.

Jochen Schnadt, chief commercial officer at bmi regional, said: ‘Flight Pass offers our passengers excellent value for money on this popular route, while the additional daily flights provide added convenience to our passengers.’

Separately, bmi regional announced that it will add capacity on its Paris to Bristol route for dates throughout February and March to meet the increased demand for travel between the UK and France by rugby fans.

Commenting on the plan, Schnadt said: ‘In our effort to constantly improve our customer offering and become more responsive to our customers’ demands, we are happy to announce these additional services between Bristol and Paris so that the many passionate rugby fans and customers looking for some Valentine’s Day magic can conveniently travel between both cities at optimal times with the usual comfort bmi regional offers its customers.’

bmi regional set to launch new route from Bristol Airport

bmi regional, one of the UK’s leading regional airlines, has recently announced the launch of a new route to Nantes in France from Bristol Airport.

The new bmi regional Nantes service will take off on July 4, flying twice-weekly to the Loire region gateway. Fares to Nantes with bmi regional start from £79 one way. The launch is the latest milestone in the partnership between bmi regional and Bristol Airport.

The new route follows the introduction of services to Paris and Dusseldorf in April and the re-introduction of Milan at the beginning of the year. These routes, along with existing services (to Aberdeen, Hamburg, Munich and Frankfurt), take the total destinations currently serviced by bmi regional from the South West to eight.

Paul Sies, Chief Operating Officer at bmi regional, said: ‘In the South West, 5,000 companies are interested in or are already exporting to France and Germany. Nantes is the gateway to the Loire region, perfect for a weekend break. Meanwhile flying twice a day to Paris means that our passengers can have a full day of business in the French capital, rather than having to overnight there. Dusseldorf is an international business and financial centre and bmi regional is the only airline to directly connect the hub with businesses in the South West.’

Shaun Browne, Aviation Director at Bristol Airport, said: ‘We are delighted with the addition of the Nantes route to the bmi regional network. With large Airbus aerospace manufacturing sites in both Nantes and Saint Nazaire, the route will provide enhanced connectivity which is a key business focus for us. This region of France, with Nantes as the gateway provides easy access to both the Atlantic coast and the French countryside.’

The new service also comes as Bristol Airport is set to open its £8.6 million terminal extension early next month, offering more departure lounge seating as well as new retail and catering outlets for passengers.

Bristol Airport is the fifth largest outside of London, handling 6.3 million passengers in 2014 and planning approvals in place for up to 10 million passengers per annum. A new Hampton by Hilton hotel is also due to open at the Airport by next spring, it said.

bmi launches flights to Paris and Dusseldorf from Bristol

bmi regional, the UK-based low fares airline, has announced the launch of new all-jet flights to Paris Charles De Gaulle and Dusseldorf from Bristol Airport.

The new flights bring the number of Bristol routes served by bmi regional to eight, alongside Aberdeen, Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt, Milan and Nantes in France.

Starting April 27, bmi regional’s new Bristol to Paris service will operate six days a week, with two flights a day Monday to Friday, and one flight on Sunday. Flights will depart Bristol at 7.20 and 13:50 five days a week, and 19:10 on Sunday. The return flight from Paris will be at 11:20 and 16:40 Monday to Friday and at 21:55 on Sunday, arriving back in Bristol at 22:10.

Meanwhile, the Bristol-Dusseldorf will fly six times a week, Sunday to Friday, departing Bristol at 17:25 Monday to Friday, and arriving in Dusseldorf at 19:50. The return flight will depart at 20:20 from Dusseldorf to Bristol, arriving back in Bristol at 20:55. On Sundays, the flight will depart Bristol at 15:00, arriving in Dusseldorf at 17:25. The Sunday return flight will depart Dusseldorf at 17:55, arriving back in Bristol at 18:30.

Peter Simpson, CEO of bmi regional, said: ‘The launch of bmi regional’s Paris and Dusseldorf routes from Bristol mark another milestone in our expansion. The double-daily weekday service to Paris Charles De Gaulle is conveniently timed for business passengers who can now have a full day of business in the French capital, rather than having to overnight.’

Shaun Browne, Aviation Director, Bristol Airport said: ‘We welcome the additional routes on bmi regional’s network from Bristol Airport. It is a further demonstration of bmi regional’s commitment to Bristol. The addition of these flights provides connectivity for the business traveller to two major European business hubs.

These new destinations will be shortly joined by another new route to Nantes commencing early summer.’

One-way fares from Bristol to Paris start at £69, and fares to Dusseldorf start from £79, including all taxes. The fares are inclusive of at-seat in-flight full bar and snack service, 20kg of checked baggage and 30-minute check-in.

bmi regional launches three new routes from Bristol

bmi regional, a British regional airline that operates scheduled passenger services across the UK and Europe, has announced via its website that it is launching three new routes from Bristol airport in the UK.

The new routes, to Paris, Dusseldorf and Nantes, bring the number of routes served by bmi regional from Bristol to eight, alongside Aberdeen, Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt and Milan. Paris and Dusseldorf flights commence on Monday April 27 2015, with Nantes flights starting July 4 2015, and operating throughout the summer months. Flights go on sale today.

Robert Sinclair, chief executive officer at Bristol Airport, said: ‘These new flights will strengthen links to key markets in France and Germany for business and leisure passengers in the South West. Building on bmi regional’s existing services to Aberdeen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and Milan, these new destinations further enhance the airline’s growing base at Bristol Airport.

‘Direct flights to European cities such as Paris, Dusseldorf and Nantes provide passengers with a convenient local alternative to the London airports, saving them time and money in the process, and bmi regional’s reputation for reliability and service will make this option even more attractive. The double-daily weekday service to the French capital’s major airport, Paris Charles de Gaulle, adds capacity to another major global hub and makes a same day return possible for business passengers.’

Bristol-Paris flights will operate six days a week, with two flights a day Monday to Friday, and one flight on Sunday. Flights will depart Bristol at 7.20 and 13:50 five days a week, and 19:10 on Sunday. The return flight from Paris will be at 11:20 and 16:40 Monday to Friday and at 21:55 on Sunday, arriving back in Bristol at 22:10.

Bristol-Dusseldorf will operate six times a week, Sunday to Friday, departing Bristol at 17:25 Monday to Friday, and arriving in Dusseldorf at 19:50. The return flight will depart at 20:20 from Dusseldorf to Bristol, arriving back in Bristol at 20:55. On Sundays, the flight will depart Bristol at 15:00, arriving in Dusseldorf at 17:25. The Sunday return flight will depart Dusseldorf at 17:55, arriving back in Bristol at 18:30.

Bristol – Nantes will operate twice per week on Tuesday and Saturday departing Bristol on Tuesdays at 12:20, and arriving in Nantes at 14:30. The return flight will depart Nantes at 15:00, arriving back in Bristol at 15:10. On Saturdays, the flight will depart Bristol at 15:30, arriving in Nantes at 17:40. The Saturday return flight will depart Nantes at 18:10, arriving back in Bristol at 18:20. The first Nantes flight takes place on July 4 2015, with the final flight on September 12.

Fares from Bristol to Paris start at £69 one way, including all taxes. Fares to Dusseldorf and Nantes from Bristol start from £79 one way, including all taxes. All the new destinations will be operated by a bmi regional 49-seat Embraer 145 jet, with the Tuesday flight to Nantes operated by a 37-seat Embraer 135.

Passengers wishing to travel can book direct at www.bmiregional.com or contact their local travel agent.