28 February, 2008 – bmibaby announces additional European routes from Manchester Airport
bmibaby has announced two brand new routes from Manchester Airport to Lisbon and Madrid for summer 2008.
The airline will also add Barcelona to its route network from Manchester and increase the frequency of weekly flights to Ireland West Knock. In total, bmibaby will fly to 14 destinations and operate 186 flights per week to and from the airport during the high season.
The new route to Lisbon will start with a two times a week service operating from Manchester on Tuesday and Sunday. bmibaby is the only airline flying to the vibrant Portugese capital city from the airport and services commence on 17th June 2008. Fares start from just £24.99 one way, including taxes and charges.
bmibaby will also introduce a new service to Madrid, another route that is currently not served from the airport. Flights will operate on a Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday and services commence on the 16th June 2008. Fares start from just £24.99 one way including taxes and charges.
The introduction of the new four times a week service to Barcelona will operate on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Services commence on 8th September 2008. Fares start from just £24.99 one way including taxes and charges.
bmibaby currently operate a daily service from Manchester to Ireland West Knock and will add an additional service to the schedule on Sunday, taking the total number of weekly flights to and from the airport to 16. Fares start from just £18.99 one way including taxes and charges.
Crawford Rix, managing director, bmibaby, said: "I am pleased that bmibaby will offer two brand new destinations from Manchester to Lisbon and Madrid, both routes are currently not served from the airport. Plus we are adding in a new four times a week service to Barcelona, great news for those looking for an exciting break at low fares.
"The introduction of two flights a week to Lisbon, the capital of Portugal will offer the traveller a chance to visit a fascinating historical city and provide a gateway to many hidden gems and undiscovered areas of Portugal. To continue the capital city theme, our new four flights a week to Madrid, a culturally rich destination will delight many with its cosmopolitan charm.
"We have also ramped up the number of flights to Ireland West Knock with the addition of an extra service on Sunday. This will offer business and leisure travellers even more flexibility and choice from their local airport with 16 flights a week to and from the airport.
"bmibaby is continually looking to offer even more attractive destinations from Manchester Airport to add to the existing 14 great places that we currently fly to. Plus we are committed to offering low fares. Prices start from just £18.99 one way including taxes and charges."
Tim McDermott, Manchester Airport’s Director of Aviation Development, said of the new routes: "bmibaby is a dynamic, award winning airline that offers passengers a range of flights at excellent prices and we are delighted to see the start of two exciting new routes to Lisbon and Madrid.
"With bmibaby now offering flights to Barcelona and increasing the frequency of flights to Ireland West Knock this will allow passengers a great range of choice.
"Manchester Airport now offers 226 destinations worldwide – more than any other UK Airport – and these latest new routes are yet more additions to our exciting schedule."
For summer 2008 bmibaby will fly from Manchester Airport to: Alicante, Barcelona, Belfast (Intl), Bordeaux, Cork, Ireland West Knock, Jersey, Lisbon, Madrid, Malaga, Newquay, Palma, Perpignan and Prague. Fares start from just £18.99 one way including taxes and charges.
Source: Manchester Airport press release