BA integrates BMI routes in winter schedule

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British Airways has announced details of its Heathrow airport winter 2012/13 schedule, which reflects the integration of BMI's route network.

New services will be launched to the Spanish city of Alicante on 28 October and to the Dutch city of Rotterdam on 9 December.

Following the acquisition of BMI by BA parent company IAG, frequencies to Gibraltar will increase from seven to nine weekly flights from 28 October.

BA will increase the number of weekly flights to Tel Aviv from 14 to 20 on the same date, while former BMI routes to Almaty, Amman, Baku, Beirut and Freetown will also be incorporated into its network. On 13 October, Tbilisi will be transferred from BMI to BA.

In addition to the new routes and schedule changes, BA plans to discontinue some services due to poor performance and regulatory obligations.

Flights to Dammam will be suspended on 16 September; Bishkek and Khartoum on 1 October; Yerevan on 13 October; and Amritsar and Casablanca on 28 October - with BA citing poor revenue performance.

It will further suspend BMI services to Cairo on 5 September and Moscow on 12 October, due to limitations on the number of flights individual carriers can operate.

BMI services to Riyadh and Jeddah will also be grounded from 16 September, as BA already serves these destinations in its route network. However, the flag carrier will replace the Boeing 777 it deploys on the Riyadh route with a larger 747.