With plans to close bmibaby airline by September this year, Marketing Derby Bondholder East Midlands Airport has revealed that new operators are to begin flying from the airport soon. EMA, which secured both ‘Best Regional UK Airport’ and ‘UK Airport of the Year’ last year at the British Travel Awards, will be home to new operators, Monarch Airlines and Flybe.

From late Summer, Monarch will be flying to Malaga, Alicante, Palma and Faro covering most of the destinations left behind by bmibaby.

Commenting on the announcement, Kevin George, Managing Director at Monarch Airlines said, “As an airline with over 40 years heritage and a stronghold in the Midlands already, the launch of operations from East Midlands makes perfect sense for Monarch”.

Ken O’Toole, Chief Commercial Officer for MAG – the owners of East Midlands Airport and Monarch Airlines said, “Whilst we’re sorry to hear the news about bmibaby, Spain and Portugal are extremely popular destinations with our passengers and we were very keen to ensure that we were able to provide this.”

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline and the UK’s number one domestic airline, will also soon fly from EMA, covering five new winter routes – Amsterdam, Paris CDG, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Jersey. Flybe Managing Director, Andrew Strong said, “We are pleased to announce this major expansion at East Midlands Airport as a key part of our winter programme that goes on sale today."

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