BMI to close Dublin base and shed cabin crew

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UK carrier BMI is to close its base at Dublin and withdraw the aircraft stationed at the Irish capital, with the possible loss of over 30 cabin crew positions.

The airline serves the London Heathrow-Dublin route with Airbus A320-family jets, with one aircraft stationed in each capital.

 

But BMI is to cut back its frequency to four-times daily for the summer 2010 schedule, which begins in March, and says this will require using only the Heathrow-based aircraft.

Thirty-three cabin crew positions are under threat and BMI says it is in talks with unions aimed at minimising job losses.

The closure decision is part of a continuing effort to restructure the loss-making company, the carrier says: "The move willsignificantly reduce the operational costs of this service while enhancing its competitiveness in a very challenging marketplace."

BMI adds that the revision of the Dublin link is intended to provide maximum connections to Star Alliance partners at Heathrow.