The last ever Bmibaby flight took off earlier this week from East Midlands airport after British Airways decided to shut down the budget airline following its takeover by BA from Lufthansa in the summer.
The final trip, flight number WW5330 from Malaga to East Midlands airport, brought back memories of the airline’s first ever flight which was between the same two destinations.
Bmibaby grew into Britain’s third-largest low-cost carrier, serving favourite British holiday and long weekend destinations such as Prague, Alicante, Rome, Barcelona and Amsterdam from its headquarters at East Midlands airport.
The demise of the airline means 450 jobs at East Midlands will go, but Monarch will be stepping in to take over some of Bmibaby’s flights and says it hopes to create 150 new jobs. Other routes among the 36 destinations its serviced will be continued by Jet2.com and Flybe.
Bmibaby was launched in 2002 as a low cost short-haul carrier flying to many popular timeshare destinations and was a popular carrier. However, for the last four years the brand has been losing money, to the tune of £100 million according to some estimates. Bmibaby operated up to 23 routes at its peak.