Irish airline Aer Lingus is to take over the route linking Birmingham Airport with Knock in the west of Ireland after the closure of budget airline bmibaby was announced.
Flights operated by bmibaby linking Birmingham with Knock, Belfast and Amsterdam are set to end in June.
The carrier transferred to International Airlines Group, the owners of British Airways recently but consultations are now underway with unions about its closure in September.
With bmi Regional, bmibaby transferred to International Airlines Group ownership on completion of the purchase from Lufthansa.
IAG has consistently said bmibaby and bmi Regional are not part of its long-term plans, though bmi mainline’s services at London Heathrow will continue.
The changes mean all bmibaby flights from Birmingham to Knock, Belfast and Amsterdam will cease from June 11.
The airline’s services from Birmingham East Midlands to Amsterdam, Paris, Geneva, Nice, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newquay will end on the same date.
Aer Lingus Regional will take over the Birmingham to Knock route from June 11. The daily service will be operated by Aer Arann.
Aer Arann interim chief executive Sean Brogan said, “We are delighted to add the Birmingham-Knock route to our network. We’re confident that there will be strong demand from both business and leisure travellers for direct, convenient and cost effective access from the west of Ireland to Great Britain’s second largest city.”
“We look forward to providing our customers with a quality service, ensuring excellent value and frequency from June 11.”
Aer Lingus chief commercial officer Stephen Kavanagh added: “Aer Lingus is delighted to be extending its Aer Lingus Regional network to include Birmingham-Knock.
“The addition of this new service further demonstrates the continued success of the Aer Lingus Regional franchise.”
Martyn Lloyd, air services development director for Birmingham Airport, said: “This is great news for the Midlands’ business and leisure passenger and we look forward to the new service starting this summer.”
The decision to close bmibaby comes after a poor performance over the last four years, during which it lost £100 million.