330 jobs 'saved' as BMI regional operation sold on

Three hundred and thirty jobs at BMI's regional airline operation look likely to have been saved after it was sold by parent group International Airlines Group for £8m.

Three hundred and thirty jobs at BMI's regional airline operation look likely to have been saved after it was sold by parent group International Airlines Group for £8m.

The buyer is a private consortium, Sector Aviation Holdings.

BMI Regional is based in Aberdeen in Scotland and flies to 14 destinations from UK regional airports, operating a fleet of 18 jets throughout the UK and Northern Europe.

IAG chief executive Willie Walsh said: “This deal provides a future for bmi Regional and should secure around 330 jobs.”

IAG completed its £172m purchase of bmi from German carrier Lufthansa last month, but made it clear it did not want to operate the regional section or the airline’s low-cost operation, bmibaby.

IAG has started consultation with unions about bmibaby’s closure in September, with the potential loss of hundreds of jobs.

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