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bmi regional to commence new route from Antwerp International Airport

Leading UK airline announces first new routes since acquisition

Tuesday 18th September 2012 – As from Monday 29thOctober 2012, bmi regional will operate two return flights every day fromAntwerpAirporttoManchesterAirport.  The flights will be operated by an Embraer ERJ-135 jet aircraft with a capacity of 37 seats onboard.  The duration of the flights will be one hour and twenty minutes.  One way fares for the new service will start at €59.99, all inclusive and are bookable on

Ian Woodley, Regional Chairman at bmi regional, who was present inAntwerptoday to announce the new route, commented: “we believe there is a strong demand for direct flights between what are two extremely busy conurbations as well as providing onward connectivity fromManchester.  He added: “as an organisation, we are committed to providing a streamlined experience for our customers reducing the total travel time from door to door flying direct from the regions where business is being done”. 

“We are very pleased to welcome bmi regional to Antwerp Airport”, says Airport Commander Wim Verbist.  “The new route between Antwerp and Manchester demonstrates the strong qualities of Antwerp Airport, which offers free parking, check-in up to 20 minutes before departure, a large and affluent catchment area and excellent business facilities.”

bmi regional has an excellent reputation regarding on time performance, and once onboard, the airline offers  complimentary catering for all passengers. 

Today the airline also announces a second new route between Bristol and Aberdeen, offering the only direct service between these two cities. In Belgium, bmi regional already offers daily flights from Brussels to Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford and to East Midlands. 

Antwerp to Manchester                                                                    Manchester to Antwerp
Departure             Arrival                                                                    Departure             Arrival
09h50                    10h10    (Monday to Saturday)                         07h00                    09h20    (Monday to Saturday)
19h40                    20h00    (Monday to Friday)                              16h50                    19h10    (Monday to Friday
                                                and Sunday)                                                                                          and Sunday)

About bmi regional
bmi regional, the only all jet regional airline in Europe, operates 600 flights a week throughout the UK and Europe, many in partnership with SAS, Lufthansa Group, Swiss and a number of prominent US airlines including United.  According to official statistics published by UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), bmi regional was the most punctual airline operating from UK airports in 2011 – marking the  seventh successive year the airline has achieved top ranking.  The company is committed to retaining the airline’s iconic brand values and high levels of service which include check-in up to 30 minutes prior to departure (20 minutes at Antwerp Airport), 20 kg hold baggage allowance and complimentary catering onboard, all part of the ‘all inclusive bmi regional promise’.  bmi regional is owned by Sector Aviation Holdings Ltd (SAH), and has its headquarters in Aberdeen and East Midlands.

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