Fliers on BMI drop due to competition

BMI saw passenger numbers fall in February as it lost out in the cutthroat competition with low-cost rivals, train operators and European flag carriers, the Guardian newspaper reported. Leaked figures obtained by the newspaper showed that the airline’s flights from Heathrow carried 13 pct fewer people in February than a year ago.

Passenger numbers on its Glasgow flights fell 24 pct to 37,352 and the number of travellers on its Edinburgh flights dropped 17 pct to 44,760.

The figures are likely to raise questions about BMI’s strategy, launched in May last year, which involved axing free food and business-class cabins on many of its flights, the article said