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bmibaby to close

It has been confirmed that Bmibaby is to close its doors this september. It was originally hoped that a buyer would come in and save the company and its 470 employees.

bmibaby flights to and from Belfast will end on 11 June, along with services from East Midlands to Amsterdam, Paris, Geneva, Nice, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newquay, and from Birmingham to Knock and Amsterdam.
 
The airline said customers could still book summer holiday flights from East Midlands and Birmingham. Bmi mainline services from Belfast to London will continue.
 
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IAG (International Airlines Group) who are also British Airways parent company, only bought bmi and bmibaby last month from Lufthansa, but maintained that the budget airlines were never part of their long term plans and the takeover could eventually cost over 2,000 jobs across the group. However, Willie Walsh (IAG CEO) claims that the deal was allowing them to preserve jobs that would have otherwise dissappeared.
 
According to BBC Radio 4, bmibaby are presently losing £50 an hour which of course, is unsustainable. 
 
bmi's interim managing director, Peter Simpson, said "We recognise that these are unsettling times for bmibaby employees, who have worked tirelessly during a long period of uncertainty."
 
"bmibaby has delivered high levels of operational performance and customer service, but has continued to struggle financially, losing more than £100m in the last four years. In the consultation process, we will need to be realistic about our options."
 
To help stem losses as quickly as possible and as a preliminary measure, we will be making reductions to bmibaby's flying programme from June. We sincerely apologise to all customers affected and will be providing full refunds and doing all we can with other airlines to mitigate the impact of these changes."
 
The airline said customers could still book summer holiday flights from East Midlands and Birmingham. bmi mainline services from Belfast to London will continue.
 

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