Britain's second largest airline bmi ended its flights to Israel last week, less than two years after it was launched
Bmi (British Midland Airways), based in Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England, began flying to Israel on March 13 2008 with one daily flight, seven flights per week using relatively small Airbus A-319 planes .
In May 2009 an additional daily non-stop service from London Heathrow to Tel Aviv was added so that services from London Heathrow to Tel Aviv operated twice daily with a morning service and an evening service and replaced the planes operating on the route with larger Airbus A-330s. The airline, which is owned by German airline Lufthansa, is reorganizing its international network.
A statement issued by the airline last year noted that difficult market conditions had led it to suspend its business in Israel in addition to its service to Kiev, Amsterdam and Brussels. Its lease of Airbus aircrafts, which were used for the London-Tel Aviv route, will end on April 2010.