Tickets now on sale for new European routes from Birmingham Airport

Tickets are now on sale for bmi regional’s three forthcoming routes from Birmingham Airport that were announced last month. The UK’s most punctual airline will, from Monday May 13th, fly to Gothenburg, Lyon and Toulouse with six flights per week on each route.

Gothenburg harbour from wheel 1 incl the Hotel ship Barken Viking and the building Vattenståndet

Gothenburg harbour from a Ferris wheel including the Hotel ship Barken Viking and the Läppstiftet building. Photo: Louise Bengtsson

With fares starting from £59 each way, a boost in inbound visitors to the Birmingham and the Midlands is anticipated, says Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport: “Not only will these new routes open up new connections for people in the Midlands wanting to reach Lyon, Gothenburg and Toulouse, they will also give overseas visitors an opportunity to experience Birmingham and the wider region, which has so much to offer for business and leisure travellers.

“Home to historic Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick and Coventry, offering more canals than Venice, plus fantastic shopping, cuisine, arts and world class sporting venues such as Edgbaston, The Belfry and Silverstone, the Midlands region has something for everyone.

“Birmingham Airport is extremely proud to be working with bmi regional to open up new links between these four great cities and look forward to welcoming more overseas visitors into the Midlands.”

Non-stop flights to Gothenburg, Lyon and Toulouse from Birmingham commence Monday 13th May 2013 with six flights on each route per week.

  • Toulouse is the fourth largest city in France, and the capital of the Midi-Pyrénées region, the largest region in France.  The city is the centre of the European aerospace industry, hosting the Airbus headquarters and assembly-lines of Airbus A320, A330, A340, and A380. The city also has numerous aeronautics, space, electronics, IT and biotech firms, including Thales, Alenia Space, Intel, ATR and Astrium Satellites.  Toulouse is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, one of the oldest universities in Europe and Toulouse Rugby, four times winner of the Heineken Cup.
  • Lyon is the second city of France, and is a major centre for banking as well as for chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotech and video games software. The city is home to the headquarters of Sanofi, Renault Trucks and Interpol as well as being a major convention centre. The historic city centre of Lyon is recognised by UNESCO World Heritage Sites for its “amazing universal value”. Lyon also serves as the ideal spot to explore the Rhone-Alpes skiing options: with 160 ski resorts, the region boasts the largest ski areas in the world.
  • Vibrant Gothenburg is a coastal city with a lively cultural scene, stylish shopping and a fast-growing reputation as a foodie hotbed. It is the second largest city in Sweden, with the largest port in Scandinavia. It is home to major companies such as Volvo and Ericsson, in addition to hi-tech industry. Gothenburg is the gateway to West Sweden, with its breath-taking mix of coastline, islands, lakes and forests.

The new routes went on sale on yesterday