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bmibaby announces East Midlands Airport expansion

Travellers from East Midlands Airport can expect greater choice when flying with bmibaby after the low-cost airline announced an extensive expansion plan.

The airline is to base three additional aircraft at East Midlands Airport and operate eight new European routes in 2010, with flights already available at

Crawford Rix, managing director of bmibaby, commented on the expansion: "Our rapid expansion programme at East Midlands Airport is fantastic news for the Midlands. It not only further demonstrates our commitment to the airport, but also to the people of the region, as we continue to offer low fares to a range of exciting new European destinations.

"As well as announcing eight new routes today to Sardinia, Barcelona, Corsica, Cork, Croatia, Malta, Newquay and Venice, we have also increased our capacity on key winter and summer routes to meet the extra consumer demand.

"We are confident that the services will prove extremely popular and we will make sure that everyone who wants to fly can, whether it's for a sunshine holiday, a city break or for an important business trip."

Penny Coates, managing director at East Midlands Airport, said: "This is fantastic news for our passengers because bmibaby [is] not only adding new routes but also extra destinations for summer 2010, a significant increase in the number of flights to popular winter and summer destinations, and the addition of three based aircraft, meaning an even greater choice.

"The bmi group [has] served the East Midlands region for 45 years; they are a local, long term operator that is committed to the growth of the East Midlands region. bmibaby has continued to go from strength to strength with their East Midlands Airport operation by providing a comprehensive range of business and leisure destinations combined with competitive low fares.

"Offering 24 European destinations shows that bmibaby is committed to the airport and the region and we are looking forward to working with them to make these new routes a great success."

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September 14, 2009