22 November 2013: Over the last year, bmi regional have rebuilt the business as an independent airline as a consequence of our transition from a subsidiary of a group to a standalone business. We have extensively reshaped our operating network, and are continuing to do this. Following a comprehensive review of its network and operations over the past year, we are closing some routes, and opening up some new routes. This will enable aircraft to be released for the recently announced Newcastle-Brussels service and to enhance the strongly performing charter business. The new Brussels service is just part of five new routes launched in the last two months: Aberdeen-Oslo, Aberdeen-Kristiansund and Stavanger to Harstad and Tromso.
We are continuing our expansion into the Scandinavian market with the launch of scheduled services from Stavanger to Kristiansund and Gothenburg. The new services will start on 23 January 2014 with Stavanger – Gothenburg operating a daily service Sunday to Friday, and Stavanger – Kristiansund operating daily Monday to Friday.
The two routes will complement bmi regional’s established services from Aberdeen to Oslo and Kristiansund and the aforementioned Stavanger to Harstad-Narvik Airport (Evenes) and Tromsø on 23 January 2014.
The new routes will provide additional connectivity out of Stavanger, and will further enhance our offering to the people, communities and businesses that we serve in Norway and Sweden.
When we launched the route last month we committed to increasing the frequency if demand required it. The demand has exceeded our expectations, so now we have increased the schedule to enable people in Aberdeen and Oslo to travel out and back in just one day – with no overnight stay. Flights depart Aberdeen at 1605, arriving in Oslo at 1845 and depart Oslo at 1915, arriving in Aberdeen at 2000 (local). From 3 February 2014 it will operate an additional morning flight departing Aberdeen at 0620 and arriving Oslo 0900, then departing Oslo at 0930 and arriving in Aberdeen at 1015.
Our scheduled network now includes Stavanger, Oslo, Harstad-Narvik Airport (Evenes), Kristiansund in Norway, Brussels in Belgium; Esbjerg in Denmark; Toulouse in France; Bremen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, and Munich in Germany; Milan in Italy; Gothenburg in Sweden, and Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Manchester, Newcastle and Norwich in the UK.
Our achievements since independence have been substantial. The airline has built Bristol into a major new base, targeted the growing oil and gas business through our increased Aberdeen network and launched new domestic services in Norway. We now operate more than 450 scheduled flights a week across a network of 21 destinations in eight European countries and employ more than 400 staff.
I thank you for choosing to fly with bmi regional over the last year and hope to see you on board one of our services soon.