BMI Baby to close shop – First Belfast, then everywhere else…

It seems I spoke a bit too soon when I wrote about the competitors gunning for BMI Baby.

Today, IAG has made its decision over baby, and it is very bad news indeed for the 470 staff members who work for BMI Baby, as well as anyone who has tickets booked with the following happening:

  • Routes operating to and from Belfast City Airport will close down on from 11th June
  • All routes suspended by 10th September

Lets break this down, from the data provided on the BMI Baby information page:

Table A: bmibaby routes that will not operate from Monday 11th June 2012

Flying from To Flight number Last flight will depart on:
Outbound Return
Belfast City Airport (BHD) Alicante (ALC) WW4401 WW4402 Saturday 9 June 2012
Amsterdam (AMS) WW4309 WW4310 Sunday 10 June 2012
Birmingham (BHX) WW1022

WW1024

WW1026

WW1021

WW1023

WW1025

Sunday 10 June 2012
East Midlands (EMA) WW5602

WW5604

WW5606

WW5601

WW5603

WW5605

Sunday 10 June 2012
Faro (FAO) WW4507 WW4508 Sunday 10 June 2012
Ibiza (IBZ) WW4701 WW4702 Saturday 9 June 2012
Mahon (MAH) WW4801 WW4802 Mahon service would not start until 15 June, however this will no longer operate
Malaga (AGP) WW4301 WW4302 Sunday 10 June 2012
Palma (PMI) WW4601 WW4602 Saturday 9 June 2012
Stansted (STN) WW4201

WW4203

WW4205

WW4202

WW4204

WW4206

Sunday 10 June 2012
Birmingham Airport (BHX) Amsterdam (AMS) WW1011

WW1013

WW1012

WW1014

Sunday 10 June 2012
Belfast City (BHD) WW1021

WW1023

WW1025

WW1022

WW1024

WW1026

Sunday 10 June 2012
Knock (NOC) WW1091 WW1092 Sunday 10 June 2012
East Midlands Airport (EMA) Amsterdam (AMS) WW5475

WW5477

WW5476

WW5478

Sunday 10 June 2012
Belfast City (BHD) WW5601

WW5603

WW5605

WW5602

WW5604

WW5606

Sunday 10 June 2012
Edinburgh (EDI) WW5191

WW5193

WW5195

WW5192

WW5194

WW5196

Sunday 10 June 2012
Geneva (GVA) WW5225 WW5226 Saturday 9 June 2012
Glasgow (GLA) WW5821

WW5823

WW5825

WW5822

WW5824

WW5826

Sunday 10 June 2012
Newquay (NQY) WW5101 WW5102 Friday 8 June 2012
Nice (NCE) WW5371 WW5372 Sunday 10 June 2012

 

Paris (CDG) WW5251

WW5253

WW5252

WW5254

Sunday 10 June 2012

Table B: bmibaby routes that will continue to operate until Sunday 9th September 2012

Flying from To Flight number Last flight will depart on:
Outbound Return  
East Midlands Airport (EMA) Alghero, Sardinia (AHO) WW5355 WW5356 Saturday 8 September
Alicante (ALC) WW5965

WW5967

WW5966

WW5968

Sunday 9 September
Almeria (LEI) WW5411 WW5412 Saturday 8 September
Barcelona (BCN) WW5541 WW5542 Sunday 9 September
Corfu (CFU) WW5745 WW5746 Monday 3 September
Catania, Sicily (CTA) WW5581 WW5582 Sunday 9 September
Dubrovnik (DBV) WW5671 WW5672 Sunday 9 September
Faro (FAO) WW5531

WW5533

WW5532

WW5534

Sunday 9 September
Gibraltar (GIB) WW5471 WW5472 Saturday 8 September
Ibiza (IBZ) WW5811 WW5812 Saturday 8 September
Jersey (JER) WW5249 WW5250 Sunday 9 September
Mahon (MAH) WW5031 WW5032 Sunday 9 September
Malaga (AGP) WW5327

 

WW5328 Sunday 9 September
Malta (MLA) WW5747 WW5748 Saturday 8 September
Murcia (MJV) WW5871 WW5872 Saturday 8 September
Naples (NAP) WW5553 WW5554 Sunday 9 September
Palma Mallorca (PMI) WW5427

WW5429

WW5248

WW5430

Sunday 9 September
Venice (VCE) WW5911 WW5912 Sunday 9 September
Verona (VRN) WW5275 WW5276 Saturday 8 September
Birmingham Airport (BHX) Alicante (ALC) WW1041 WW1042 Sunday 9 September
Barcelona (BCN) WW1881 WW1882 Sunday 9 September
Faro (FAO) WW1723

WW1725

WW1724

WW1726

Saturday 8 September
Lisbon (LIS) WW1587 WW1588 Saturday 8 September
Malaga (AGP) WW1031 WW1032 Sunday 9 September
Murcia (MJV) WW1757 WW1758 Sunday 9 September
Nice (NCE) WW1529 WW1530 Sunday 9 September
Palma Mallorca (PMI) WW1843 WW1844 Sunday 9 September
Prague (PRG) WW1081 WW1082 Sunday 9 September
Rome Fiumicino (FCO) WW1541 WW1542 Sunday 9 September

BMI Baby is offering refunds, but two important parts from the FAQ if you’re affected:

Will you come to an arrangement with other carriers to transfer our tickets?

We are unable to transfer customers on to alternative airlines including bmi and British Airways.

To rebook elsewhere now is too expensive – will you come to an arrangement with other carriers so they will offer us reduced rate tickets?

We are unable to offer customers preferential rates with alternative airlines, including bmi and British Airways.

The FAQ at http://www.bmibaby.com/bmibaby/faqs/important_information.aspx is worth a read, and whilst BMI Baby offered a good service (I’ve availed of it myself a couple of times, there is a very harsh reality.

The BMI Baby unit lost over £100 million over 4 years. That isn’t sustainable. Combined with an old fleet, mixed performing routes with the big LLCs of EasyJet and Ryanair eating from below, Monarch and Jet2 eating from the holiday traffic, and FlyBe eating from the regions – this outcome was sadly the only one that could be reached.

Good luck if you’re affected, and good luck to the 470 staff hit too.

Comments

  1. Scott says

    Seems to me “some” EU law would require the airline to give the customer the choice of rebooking or a refund?

  2. srptraveller says

    It’s curious. I think EU law compensates you if you are delayed once your journey has started (checked in).

    However the airline is under no obligation to let you start your journey or actually ever take you anywhere. I am not even convinced that contractually they even had to give a refund.

  3. Scott says

    They definitely have to give a refund, they are not filing for bankruptcy, they are choosing to voluntarily shutdown.