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British Airways returns to Birmingham Airport

A British Airways flight will depart from Birmingham Airport this evening for the first time in ten years.

The flights will use the Embraer 190 aircraft Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Archive/PA Images

The company is operating flights on weekends throughout the summer to the Italian city of Florence, as well as the Spanish destinations of Malaga, Ibiza and Palma.

The first flight leaves Birmingham at 7.20pm on its way to Florence.

British Airways last flew from Birmingham in 2007 when the company's regional airline business was sold to Flybe.



Date set for flights to end

bmibaby says it will end all flights in September Credit: ITV Central

All bmibaby flights to and from Belfast will stop from June 11.

bmibaby services from East Midlands to Amsterdam, Paris, Geneva, Nice, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newquay and from Birmingham to Knock and Amsterdam, will cease on the same date.

Customers have been told they can continue to book summer holiday flights from East Midlands and Birmingham.

Full details are on the company's website.

The company says all bmibaby flights from Monday September 10 onwards will no longer operate and those flights are no longer available.

Need to be realistic

“We recognise that these are unsettling times for bmibaby employees, who have worked tirelessly during a long period of uncertainty.

“bmibaby has delivered high levels of operational performance and customer service, but has continued to struggle financially, losing more than £100m in the last four years.

"In the consultation process, we will need to be realistic about our options.

“To help stem losses as quickly as possible and as a preliminary measure, we will be making reductions to bmibaby’s flying programme from June.

We sincerely apologise to all customers affected and will be providing full refunds and doing all we can with other airlines to mitigate the impact of these changes.”

– Peter Simpson, bmi interim managing director.
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