bmibaby to close later this year

Victoria
By Victoria May 4, 2012 15:56

bmibaby to close later this year

New owner International Airlines Group has opened up discussions with unions following the announcement that low fare carrier bmibaby is to close later in September. IAG has failed to find a new owner for bmibaby even though negotiations are continuing for the sale of bmi Regional.

A statement said: “Progress has been made with a potential buyer for bmi Regional, but so far this has not been possible for bmibaby, despite attempts over many months by both Lufthansa and IAG. Bmibaby has therefore started consultation to look at future options including, subject to that consultation, a proposal to close in September this year.”

Peter Simpson, bmi interim managing director, 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 £100 million 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.”

Victoria
By Victoria May 4, 2012 15:56
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