BMIbaby to close downYour rights if you have booked a BMIbaby flight

04 May 2012

BMI Baby

BMIbaby is to close down in September, and will stop running many flights from Belfast City and East Midlands airports from June.

The airline, which has lost more than £100 million over the last four years, said it would be providing full refunds to passengers whose flights were affected.

Refunds but not compensation

If you have booked a BMIbaby flight, your rights under EU law means the airline must offer you the full refund, or re-routing on an alternative BMIbaby flight, although re-routing may be unlikely in the circumstances. 

If you accept the refund, you should receive your payment within seven days.

Packages protected

Passengers whose BMIbaby flight was part of a holiday protected by the Air Travel Organisers' Licensing scheme (Atol) will have the whole value of their holiday protected. 

So if you have booked a package your tour operator is obliged to find you a replacement flight at no extra cost.

However, if your flight, hotel and other other elements like car hire were booked separately, there will be no automatic refund for the accommodation and other elements if you cannot find a suitable replacement flight. 

BMIbaby flights cancelled

BMIbaby flights stopping from 11 June are all services to and from Belfast, together with services from East Midlands to Amsterdam, Paris, Geneva, Nice, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newquay, plus Birmingham to Knock and Amsterdam.

The airline is planning to stop all operations on 10 September. 

Monarch and Flybe expand

Monarch and Flybe both said they would expand their operations at East Midlands airport after the BMIbaby closure plans were announced.

Monarch will operate flights to Malaga, Alicante, Palma and Faro from late summer. Flybe will fly to Amsterdam, Paris, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Jersey from 28 October.

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