bmi regional partnership with Brussels Airlines opens up global network to East Midlands travellers

Today, Brussels Airlines adds East Midlands to its extensive global network thanks to a codeshare partnership with bmi regional, the UK’s most punctual scheduled airline. The East Midlands to Brussels route enables business and leisure travellers to connect eleven times each week at the Belgian carrier’s hub, Brussels Airport, with its flights serving Europe, Africa, the Middle East and North America.

The move further strengthens Brussels Airlines’ network presence in the United Kingdom and is the second codeshare agreement between the two airlines, the first – on bmi regional’s new Brussels to Newcastle route – launched in March. The timetable (departures from East Midlands at 7.10am every weekday and 4.40pm every day except Saturday; departures from Brussels at 9.55am every weekday and 7.40pm every day except Saturday) enables passengers to combine the East Midlands service with Brussels Airlines destinations including New York; business hubs in Africa such as Cameroon, Rwanda, Uganda and Nairobi in Kenya; and European destinations such as Berlin, Geneva, Milan, Rome and Vienna.

The codeshare is valid for all flights from East Midlands to destinations on the Brussels Airlines network such as Rome, New York or Kinshasa. East Midlands to Brussels tickets will continue to be sold purely as bmi regional flights on their own.

bmi regional operates the route using its all-jet Embraer fleet and service includes at-seat full bar and meal service in addition to 30-minute check-in and 20kg hold baggage. Last year, bmi regional was named “Silver Airline of the Year” at the European Regions Airline Association (ERAA) annual awards in Austria and is noted as the most punctual scheduled airline in the UK for nine consecutive years, according to independent data from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

“We are delighted to add East Midlands to our growing European network thanks to this new extension of our partnership with bmi regional. The direct flight serving East Midlands is good news for Brussels Airlines passengers and for travellers based in the region as the codeshare creates new travel opportunities via Brussels to and from many of our destinations in Europe, Africa and the USA.”

-- Filip Puissant, Brussels Airlines Alliances Manager


“Our latest codeshare agreement ensures that our customers from the East Midlands region now enjoy the convenience that comes with links to 52 countries served by Brussels Airlines. This new link will bring considerable commercial benefit to the region, not least making it easier for potential overseas investors and trade partners to visit, and our schedule allows business travellers to make return trips between the two airports in one day, ideal for meetings and conferences. The partnership also brings potential benefit to regional tourism centres including Nottingham, Sherwood Forest the Derbyshire Peak District.”

-- Cathal O’Connell, CEO of bmi regional


“We’re delighted with the news today that passengers can now travel onwards to over 50 countries worldwide with bmi regional and Brussels Airlines. Increasing connectivity from East Midlands Airport is something that we are committed to and this agreement shows there is solid demand for a codeshare service from both business and leisure travellers from the East Midlands region.”

-- Andy Cliffe, Managing Director East Midlands Airport

Including East Midlands, Brussels Airlines now offers its passengers a total of seven connections in the UK: East Midlands, Newcastle, London Heathrow, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Edinburgh are all served by Brussels Airlines.

bmi regional now operates three codeshare partnerships: Newcastle International Airport and East Midlands to Brussels with Brussels Airlines, and Bristol to Frankfurt and Munich with Lufthansa.


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About Brussels Airlines

Brussels Airlines is the home carrier of Belgium and one of the four network airlines of the Lufthansa Group. It connects the European capital from Brussels Airport with over 85 destinations, 17 of which are in Sub Saharan Africa. The company employs more than 3,300 people and operates 43 aircraft.

Brussels Airlines aims to emit 50% less CO2 by 2030 compared to 2019 and plans to be carbon neutral by 2050. The airline is participating in the Stargate Project led by Brussels Airport and is therefore part of the testing ground for sustainable aviation at its home base. In addition, the airline signed the Circular Economy agreement of the Antwerp Management School in 2021. The airline was the first to transport Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) through the CEPS-pipeline connecting Brussels Airport early 2023. By end 2024, Brussels Airlines will have welcomed five state-of-the-art Airbus A320neo allowing the airline to significantly lower its CO2- and noise-emissions on its medium-haul network.

As an ambassador of its country, Brussels Airlines brings the world to Belgium and the best of Belgium to the world, among others through collaborations with Belgian Star Chefs, Belgian culinary products and the Belgian Icons, specially painted aircraft that honour a Belgian iconic person, team or event to promote Belgian culture worldwide.

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The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance, based on a customer value proposition of global reach, worldwide recognition and seamless service. Since inception, it has offered the largest and most comprehensive airline network, with a focus on improving customer experience across the Alliance journey.

Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 10,000 daily flights to almost 1,200 airports in 184 countries.

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