British Midland Airways Limited styled as bmi, and formerly operating as British Midland, is a scheduled airline based in Donington Hall in Castle Donington, England, United Kingdom, close to East Midlands Airport. The airline flies to destinations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia while its operational base is London Heathrow Airport where it holds 11% of all take off and landing slots and operates over 2,000 flights a week. In January 2007, BMI bought British Mediterranean Airways which has enabled it to serve a wider range of mid-haul destinations.
British Midland Airways Limited holds a United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority Type A Operating Licence. It is permitted to carry passengers, cargo and mail on aircraft with 20 or more seats.
On 29 October 2008, Lufthansa announced that it was acquiring share (50% + 1 vote) of BMI for around â‚¬318 million, giving it an 80% shareholding, the deal expected to close in January 2009 the other shareholder being Scandinavian Airlines. The merger was delayed while the European Commission considered the effect on competition but was approved on 14 May 2009.
In June of 2009 it was announced that Lufthansa is to buy the remaining stake in the airline from Michael Bishop for less than originally agreed. Due to landing rights issues the stake will tentatively be held by a Lufthansa-controlled but British-based LHBD Holding. Once new bilateral agreements are in place, Lufthansa will take direct control. In July 2009 Lufthansa took control of BMI.
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The cheapest flights offered by BMI Airlines is for the route Flights from London to Dublin, and the longest flight is on route Flights from Norwich to Edinburgh which takes 9h 28m.
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