Milestone for business travel - weekday connection to Munich hub

Rostock-Laage: 18.02.2016: From the end of March, there will be flights between Rostock and Munich on weekdays. The operator of this route is bmi regional, who will fly the route with modern jets - the Embraer 145 with 49 seats. Measured by the amount of flights, bmi regional is the fifth largest airline at Munich Airport. In cooperation with Lufthansa, the British company offers a wide selection of connecting flights to appealing destinations across the world.

From 31.03.2016, the aeroplanes flown by bmi regional will take off every Monday to Friday from Munich at 14:10 and land at Rostock-Laage at 15:25. After a quick changeover, the planes will take off again from Rostock at 15:55 and reach the airport in Munich at 17:10. On Sundays, there will be an evening connection for weekend traffic, with flights from Munich at 18:45 and arriving at Rostock at 20:00, setting off again from Rostock at 20:30 and landing in Munich at 21:45.

bmi regional has a codeshare agreement for the Rostock-Munich route with Lufthansa. The new flight connections can be booked now at www.flybmi.com or www.lh.com.

Passengers can enjoy attractive flight ticket prices from €92 for a one-way flight from Munich to Rostock including taxes and service fees, with a baggage allowance of 20kg and 12kg of hand luggage, free on-board snacks and drinks, 30-minute quick check-in and allocated 2-1 leather seats on board the modern Embraer fleet. Prices are per person and can be booked, subject to availability, at www.flybmi.com.

The Minister for Infrastructure of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Christian Pegel, is delighted about the growing importance of the region’s airport: “With the daily connections to and from Munich, a demand is met - that of the regional economy in particular, but also the higher education facilities and scientific institutions in our region. I would like to thank bmi regional for their new undertaking. If this service is now used extensively, the airport will be able to continue along its new road to success. It is extraordinarily pleasing to see that our confidence in the location and the parties responsible is clearly bearing fruit.” Dr Rainer Schwarz, Managing Director of Rostock-Laage Airport, said: “The development of the connection to the hub in Munich is an important step for the economic region. It is a development that could only have been achieved hand in hand with Rostock’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce, businesses in Rostock, the region’s tourism association and the tourist board in Rostock.”

bmi regional has been operating at Munich Airport for three years now, and is successfully developing this hub further. In the 2016 summer flight schedule, eight routes will be operated and the capacity to and from Munich will almost be doubled. A total of three Embraer Jets will be stationed at Munich Airport to fly the routes, and a further Embraer Jet will be connecting Munich to Bristol twice daily. The British airline has a fleet of jets consisting of 18 aeroplanes. bmi has been distinguished for the tenth time in a row as Britain’s most punctual airline.

Jochen Schnadt, CCO of bmi regional, said: “We are pleased about the new route to Rostock. From 31st March 2016, there will be daily flights directly from Munich to Rostock. The north German harbour city by the Baltic Sea is known as a vibrant university city with lots of sport and culture. Munich is an important and fast-growing hub for bmi regional and beginning with the 2016 summer flight schedule, we will carry out more than 160 flights per week to and from Munich. Moreover, thanks to our partnership with Lufthansa, we can offer our passengers excellent connections worldwide from Munich’s Terminal 2, which has received multiple awards. This makes Germany in general, and Munich especially, a strategically important market for bmi regional, thus playing a significant role in our future plans.”

About bmi regional: bmi is an independent airline with 70 years of flying experience in the United Kingdom and Europe. The bmi logo is one of the most well known in the United Kingdom and is a hallmark of quality, prestige and the highest safety standards. The British airline has a fleet of 18 jets with a total of 14 Embraer 145 and 4 ERJ 135 aircraft. Currently, the airline carries out more than 300 scheduled flights per week to 25 destinations in 11 European countries, employing over 400 people. bmi has been named the most punctual airline for the tenth time in a row and was also given the Munich Exchange Award in September 2015. The airline’s route network includes Oslo in Norway, Brussels in Belgium, Esbjerg in Denmark, Bremen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Düsseldorf and Munich in Germany, Paris and Toulouse in France, Milan in Italy, Brno in the Czech Republic, Bern in Switzerland, Rotterdam in the Netherlands, Karlstad and Jönköping in Sweden and Aberdeen, Bristol, the East Midlands, Newcastle, Norwich and Southampton in the United Kingdom.

Rostock-Laage Airport (IATA: RLG; ICAO: ETNL) is the largest commercial airport in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The site, which was created to house a military installation, has been used since 1993 by Flughafen Rostock-Laage GmbH as a civilian regional airport. From the total area of 1,000 hectares, around 60 hectares are provided for civil use. To this day, this military-civil aviation cooperation is unique in Germany. Because of its ideal geographic location, the regional airport is establishing itself increasingly as an appealing gateway for holidaymakers at the Baltic Sea and business travellers. Geographically, Rostock is a logistical hub for people travelling to places such as Scandinavia, the Baltic region, and Southern and Eastern Europe. With its 24-hour operating permit, freight flights up to jumbo size can now fly to and be dispatched from the airport round the clock and in any weather.

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