SWISS and bmi commence joint Basel-UK services


SWISS has introduced an extensively-expanded range of services between EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg and the United Kingdom, in collaboration with its partner airline British Midland International (bmi). The new joint services are one of the highlights of the 2011 SWISS summer schedules, which came into effect yesterday. Under the new timetable, SWISS and bmi now provide multiple daily services – thrice on weekdays and twice on Saturdays and Sundays – between Basel and London (Heathrow), together with a daily Basel-Manchester flight. All these services are operated by bmi using Airbus A319 equipment, more than doubling the previous seat capacity between Basel and the UK.

The start of the new joint SWISS/bmi services was marked today at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg in a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony co-hosted by Rudolf Schumacher, SWISS Head of Sales & Marketing and David Rousham, Head of Sales at bmi. “We are delighted to welcome Basel to our network,” said David Rousham, “not only will it boost tourism between the UK and the tri-national Basel region, but will also provide excellent business connections to and from the UK.”

“Our partnership with bmi makes excellent sense for both carriers and their customers,” added Rudolf Schumacher. “It will enable us both to grow at the EuroAirport and offer travellers even more attractive air links to Northern and Southern Europe.” All bmi-operated services between Switzerland and the UK are provided as bmi/SWISS codeshare flights.

SWISS has also further enhanced its own services from EuroAirport Basel by adding new destinations and increasing frequencies on existing routes. Rome and Copenhagen have joined the network, served daily and six times weekly respectively. SWISS has also intensified service on the Basel-Hamburg route, raising weekday frequencies to two peripheral-hours connections; and Barcelona now has an eighth weekly flight.

In the 2011 summer schedules, SWISS and its Star Alliance codeshare partners Lufthansa, bmi, Austrian Airlines and Turkish Airlines provide non-stop service from Basel to 15 destinations: Rome, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Barcelona, Prague, Brussels, Zurich, Budapest, London (Heathrow), Manchester, Frankfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf, Vienna and Istanbul. Between them, the Star Alliance partners offer 196 flights a week, i.e. most of the services to and from the EuroAirport.

bmi is the second-biggest airline at London Heathrow, one of the world’s leading international airport hubs. The bmi network currently extends to Aberdeen, Addis Ababa, Almaty, Amman, Baku, Basel, Beirut, Belfast, Bergen, Berlin, Bishkek, Cairo, Casablanca, Damascus, Dammam, Dublin, Edinburgh, Freetown, Glasgow, Hanover, Jeddah, Khartoum, London, Manchester, Moscow, Riyadh, Stavanger, Tbilisi, Tehran, Tripoli, Vienna and Yerevan. Its bmi Regional arm serves Aberdeen, Brussels, Copenhagen, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Esbjerg, Glasgow, Groningen, Leeds Bradford, Lyon, Manchester, Norwich and Zurich.