British airline BMI suspends Middle East routes

29 November 2009

Last flight to Aleppo in January

British airline BMI will suspend loss-making routes to two Middle East destinations in 2010 amid restructuring plans.

The last flights from London Heathrow to Tel Aviv and Aleppo will be on 9 January with last flights from both destinations to Heathrow scheduled for 10 January next year.

The airline did not say when these routes would be reinstated.

As part of the restructuring, the carrier says it will not extend its lease agreement on two Airbus 330 aircraft meaning flights to Cairo will now operate using an Airbus 321.

The carrier will also suspend routes to Kiev and Brussels in January and to Amsterdam in March.

BMI said it would maintain its current UK and Ireland network.

The airline currently flies to 24 destinations in the Middle East and West Asia including Aleppo and Damascus in Syria, Almaty, Amman, Bahrain, Baku, Beirut, Bishkek, Doha, Dubai, Tbilisi, Tehran, Tel Aviv and Yerevan.

It also flies to Cairo, Alexandria, Sharm El-Sheikh, Aswan, Luxor, Hurghada and Asyut in Egypt and Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam in Saudi Arabia.

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