bmi on Friday started a direct flight from the Freetown International Airport to London’s Heathrow.
Vandi Francis, airport manager and local representative of bmi, told journalists Friday night at the airport hotel that the direct flight to London’s Heathrow would be four times a week using their two newly leased Boeing 757-200 aircraft.
He assured that the inauguration of the non-stop flight would reduce flying time each way by over an hour and a half which would be enhanced by the addition of an extra flight from three to four flights a week.
Mr Vandi gave the flight schedule for the direct flight from Monday, Thursday, departing Freetown at 02:00 and arriving 09:35 and also departing Freetown Tuesday, Saturday on 02:15 and arriving London 09:50.
“The introduction of the two Boeing 757-200s into the bmi fleet will also enable schedule enhancement and increases in capacity to other existing mid haul operations and the changes will allow bmi to offer far more attractive schedules as well as improving connection times to onward destinations via Heathrow, particularly cities across Europe, USA and Canada,” Mr Vandi said
bmi has said as part of its strategy to develop a mid haul network, it acquired the British airways franchise carrier, BMED in 2007. That acquisition immediately added 17 new routes to bmi’s global network.
For the addition, bmi said the two Boeing would continue the development of the mid haul network and upgrading the capacity of the aircraft range on certain routes to offer to their customers non-stop services.
bmi is the second largest airline at London’s Heathrow, one of the world’s busiest and best connected airports and it operates in 1,800 flights a week to several destinations