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Hundreds of holidaymakers have been hit by the grounding of the budget airline bmibaby. The airline has suffered huge financial losses. It's expected all flights will stop by September.
Consumer champion Martin Lewis says cancelled flights will be reimbursed but bmibaby customers will find new ones could be costly.
Reacting to the news that low fare carrier bmibaby is set to close, pilots' union Balpa has hit out at the decision by Flybe (part owned by British Airways) to move into former bmibaby routes without consulting staff.
General secretary Jim McAuslan warned his union would "use whatever means we can" to protect jobs.
Colin Whyatt, of the GMB union, said: "This is absolutely devastating news which puts 800 jobs at risk, almost half in the East Midlands.
"bmibaby had been reorganised last year and GMB members hoped it would be sold. Two potential bidders have pulled out and unless a new bidder comes forward in the next 90 days, these jobs will go, on top of 1,200 jobs lost from the reorganisation of BMI."
The changes mean that all bmibaby flights to and from Belfast will cease from June 11, although this will not affect bmi mainline's services to London Heathrow.
bmibaby services from East Midlands to Amsterdam, Paris, Geneva, Nice, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newquay, and from Birmingham to Knock and Amsterdam, will end on the same date.
With bmi Regional, bmibaby transferred to International Airlines Group ownership on completion of the purchase from Lufthansa.
IAG has consistently said that bmibaby and bmi Regional are not part of its long-term plans.
The GMB union said it was "devastating" news, especially for the East Midlands, where hundreds of jobs are now threatened with the axe.
Low fare carrier bmibaby is set to close later this year, threatening the loss of hundreds of jobs and the ending of its flights.
The carrier transferred to International Airlines Group, the owners of British Airways, last month, but consultations have now started with unions about its closure in September.