November 25: UK airline bmi announced route cuts and job losses as it restructures its mainline and regional operations in the “worst recession in the UK since records began,” according to a press release. The restructuring comes from a review undertaken by new owner Lufthansa, which took over bmi in July 2009.
Loss-making routes will be axed in early 2010 and nine aircraft will be withdrawn from service, bringing the fleet down to 30 airliners. Two Airbus A330s will be returned to the leasing company and other aircraft withdrawn as leases expire in the first half of next year.
Routes to be chopped include the London Heathrow-Tel Aviv and London Heathrow-Aleppo services, with the last flights departing London on January 9; the London Heathrow-Kiev service from January 10 and the London Heathrow-Amsterdam service from March 27.
Up to 600 redundancies will be sought across the business, and the airline says that further job cuts “cannot be ruled out”.