28 January 2007

bmi to suspend London-Paris air services

Star Alliance partner, bmi (British Midland Airways Ltd) announced on 19 January 2007 that it is to "suspend" air services between London Heathrow (LHR) and Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airports from 26 February 2007. bmi cites intense competition, including from the Eurostar train service that will be significantly faster when the second section of the new Kent-London high-speed Channel Tunnel Rail Link is completed later this year.

bmi is the second largest airline at Heathrow and code shares with many long-haul airlines, including Air New Zealand, providing feeder services to and from Heathrow.

1 comment:

libertyscott said...

Welcome to the blogosphere John!! You'll be very welcome as an informative source about aviation down under.

The London-Paris route is interesting, because the high speed rail link to St Pancras will knock out 20 minutes from the rail trip, making flying (when including travel time to Heathrow and CDG, and check in at both) so very unattractive. London-Brussels suffers from the same.

The new Brussels-Amsterdam high speed rail line may even make London-Netherlands by rail competitive with air.