bmi boosts regional offering

bmi regional has announced another new international air route
from Aberdeen. Starting 16 April, a direct daily service will link Aberdeen and the
Belgian capital, Brussels, providing a convenient afternoon departure
and a much needed non-stop flight connection between the two cities.

Stewart Adams, managing director bmi regional, said:
“Our network of full-service, non-stop flights between Scotland and key
destinations in the UK and Europe continues to expand and it is with
particular pleasure that we bring another international service, our
fourth, to Aberdeen.

“Brussels is a much needed direct air link for the city in terms of both
outward and incoming business travel and tourism and will doubtless be a
popular addition to our flight network.”

Kevin Brown, Aberdeen Airport managing director said:
“This is an important new link for Aberdeen and the north east, and
particularly for the local business community. We have long felt there
was a need for a link between Aberdeen and Brussels, two of Europe’s
most important financial and commercial centres, and we welcome this
commitment from bmi regional.

“This new route is an important addition to Aberdeen’s European route
network and gives the city direct access to one of Europe’s most dynamic
and cultural, capital cities. We look forward to working with our
business and tourism partners, and with bmi regional, to harness the
opportunities this new service creates for business and tourism in the
north east.”


The new route takes advantage of support from the Scottish Executive
Route Development Fund. Set up in 2002, the fund encourages direct links
to Scottish airports thereby reducing journey times and offering
alternatives to flying through hubs like London, improving Scotland’s
global connectivity, providing new jobs and stimulating tourism and
business markets.

Transport Minister, Tavish Scott said:
“This new service between Aberdeen and Brussels is great news for the
North East, and for Scotland. It will open up new opportunities for
Scottish businesses, and bring benefits for Scottish tourism.

“Brussels is one of the most important cities in Europe. It is the focal
point of European Union business and this announcement is another step
forward in our aim of increasing the number of direct air services
between Scotland and the rest of the world.

“RDF continues to attract airlines to expand in Scotland giving us
direct links to some of the world’s key transport hubs.”

Using modern Embraer jet aircraft on the new route, passengers can look
forward to attractive business and economy fares and the renowned bmi
regional service, which continues to offer complimentary in-flight
refreshments to all passengers.

bmi regional also continues to be the UK’s most punctual airline,
according to CAA published statistics. Unrivalled punctuality and
reliance in the air is matched with speed and efficiency on the ground
with business lounge facilities and range of check-in options, including
online or self-service check-in.

This latest announcement from bmi regional follows the recent news that
the Aberdeen based airline is increasing its jet aircraft fleet by 25%
during 2007 and is also launching direct Aberdeen-Kristiansand and
Edinburgh-Zurich flights in March.