Lord Mayor and CBSO join in launching new services from Birmingham International

John Lines cuts the cake and members of the CBSO played the music to give a send off to the new bmi regional Gothenburg service.


bmi regional celebrate at BHX

(l-r) Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport CEO, Cathal O’Connell, Chief Executive of bmi regional, Lord Mayor of Birmingham – Councillor John Lines, Lady Mayoress Mrs Lines and members of the CBSO celebrate the launch of bmi regional at Birmingham Airport.

Birmingham Airport today (May 13) welcomed the launch of bmi regional, a new full service scheduled airline offering services to Lyon, Toulouse, Gothenburg and Billund for Midlands’ business and leisure travellers for the first time.

bmi regional has already created 75 new jobs in the Midlands in the last six months and the new air service will create a better network for both leisure and business travellers from the Midlands.

bmi regional aircraft departs from Birmingham Airport under celebratory water arch.

bmi regional aircraft departs from Birmingham Airport under celebratory water arch.

Operating a fleet of 49 seat Embraer aircraft, bmi regional will now fly six times weekly to Gothenburg, Toulouse and three times weekly to Lyon. From June 3rd, the airline will also serve Billund in Denmark five times per week.

bmi regional became independent from BMI in June 2012 and employs over 400 staff throughout the UK.

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Cathal O’Connell, Chief Executive of bmi regional, Lord Mayor Councillor John Lines and Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport’s CEO

bmi regional celebrate at BHXPaul 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.”

Cathal O’Connell, Chief Executive of bmi regional, said: “We’re pleased to announce the routes from Birmingham today. 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, Birmingham Airport is a great alternative to those who recognise the benefits of less crowded airports, speedy boarding, good shopping and eating facilities.”

bmi regional flights can be booked now at www.bmiregional.com. Fares start from £59, one way including taxes and charges and all flights include complimentary food & drink on-board, allocated seating, bags fly free, 30 minute check-in and an all jet Embraer fleet.