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BMI closes its doors at Edinburgh Airport

Car Hire Edinburgh Airport can bring news of an airline leaving the Scottish airport as the airline re-evaluate its business.

Airline BMI Regional will close its base at Edinburgh Airport after a complete review of its operations. There will also be closures at Birmingham and Manchester with flights being withdrawn during November 2013 and January 2014. This will leave Aberdeen and Bristol as BMI’s major UK places.

A spokesperson for BMI Regional said, “Following a comprehensive review of our network, BMI Regional has announced the closure of five routes. BMI Regional is to focus on routes elsewhere in Scotland and in other parts of the UK and Europe. As a result, our crew bases in Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester will close. We have started consultations with affected employees, including the opportunity to move to one of our other crew bases. We would like to reassure all customers booked to fly with us on the affected routes that services will operate up to the termination date – 29 November for Manchester, 31 December for Billund and 5 January for Edinburgh to Copenhagen and Brussels. We will be in contact with passengers booked beyond these dates to offer alternative arrangements or refund.”

There are around 400 employees at BMI Regional, with no net job losses expected, but they have launched a consultation with affected employees, which includes an opportunity to move to one of the other crew bases.

Edinburgh Airport chief executive Gordon Dewar said, “We can confirm that BMI Regional will close their operational base at Edinburgh Airport from January. It is a shame to lose the BMI brand which we have been associated with for many years. We are pleased, however, that of the three destinations served by BMI Regional, Manchester is also served by Flybe, Brussels is also served by Brussels Airlines and Copenhagen is also served by both easyJet and Norwegian. We will work with these carriers to ensure that we still meet and exceed our customer needs in these markets.”