bmi is to launch the first direct scheduled links between Manchester Airport and Toulouse, in southwestern France. The daily service will commence from the start of the winter timetable on 27 October 2002 and will be operated using a 37 seat, Embraer jet aircraft.
Passengers will be able to benefit from the recently introduced one way fare structure adopted by the airline. This enables passengers to choose from the lowest available fare on each leg of their journey, without being inhibited by minimum stay requirements, such as the restrictive “Saturday night stopover”. Fares will start from under £80 one way in economy, including all taxes and charges.
Alex Grant, director network planning, revenue management and regional commercial said:
“We remain committed to providing regional links throughout the UK and beyond and the launch of this service shows just that.
“Clearly there are very important business links between these two destinations due to the aerospace industries however, we also expect high leisure demand through the year as Toulouse lies close to The Pyrenees, The Mediterranean and the Atlantic Coast. We are delighted to be launching this route and expect high demand from the travelling public in the North West.
“The launch of this new service means our regional network will operate from 13 UK and European airports with over 400 flights per week.”
Services between Manchester and Toulouse will be operated by bmi regional, a wholly owned subsidiary of bmi, the UK’s second largest full service scheduled airline and the only regional airline in the UK to offer its customers the comfort and speed of an all jet fleet. In addition, the bmi regional Embraer fleet has an average age of under 2 years.