In The Press » May 10th 2012 - Airline jobs blow as BMI Baby to close
Airline jobs blow as BMI Baby to close
...East Midlands MEP says decision another jobs blow for the area...
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UK Independence Party
From the Office of Derek Clark, MEP, East Midlands
Rowan House, 23 Billing Road, Northampton NN1 5AT
Tel: 01604 620064 Fax: 01604 636002
May 10th, 2012
The East Midlands faces another jobs blow as BMIbaby announced it is set to close.
The troubled airline, which runs flights from East Midlands Airport, will begin closing routes next month and will be grounded in September, leading to worries for agents and travellers across the Midlands.
UKIP East Midlands MEP and the party's employment spokesman Derek Clark said: "This is another blow for jobs in the East Midlands and follows the recent uncertainty over the future of the Aquascutum clothing company in Corby, Northamptonshire.
"I am sure Monarch, which says it is opening up a new base at East Midlands Airport, will do well but it will not need to employ the same number of staff as being made redundant from BMIbaby.
"I wish Monarch well but it will need to expand to provide the routes vacated by BMIbaby.
"I would like to see BMIbaby routes out of Birmingham and Nottingham replaced, as it's not just a question of airline staff - many other airport employees depend on airline passengers for business."
Redundancy talks have started with 470 workers from the airline, which operates mainly out of the Midlands and Belfast.
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