BMIBABY has announced it will be suspending flights from Birmingham International Airport to five European destinations.
The budget airline has blamed a fall in demand for the decision to cut routes to Bordeaux, Lison, Madrid, Milan and Rome. The flights will be suspended between March 29 and October 24 next year.
Sixty five staff will lose their jobs as a result of the move - pilots and cabin crew will make up the bulk of the losses.
Yesterday the airport pledged to find carriers to take over the summer services which have been affected. According to Paul Kehoe, BIAs new chief executive, a number of other airlines had already voiced an interest in taking over.
Mr Kehoe said: Until those things become hard contracts we cant say any more. Ive said before Birmingham isnt immune to the economic downturn and this has proved us right. But the fact we have got interest from other airlines is a good sign.
At present Bmibaby runs flights to 25 different destinations from Birmingham. The company has said that passengers who have booked tickets for one of the cancelled flights will be entitled to a full refund or a free replacement flight to another destination.
According to Bmibaby the economic downturn has led to a decline in the number of customers booking city-breaks