British carrier bmi and SWISS have announced new routes from London Heathrow and Manchester to Basel, Switzerland, starting from 27 March. The routes, which will be operated in partnership with SWISS, offer three flights per day on weekdays between London Heathrow and Basel, with two services on Saturdays and Sundays, and a daily weekday flight between Manchester and Basel. Services will be operated by bmi using an Airbus A319 aircraft offering a full service Business Class and Economy cabin with timed schedules for both business and leisure customers. “From Basel you can reach some of the best skiing regions in Switzerland and enjoy easy access to Alsace and Germany’s Black Forest due its unique location at the border triangle between all three countries,” explained Joerg Hennemann, chief commercial officer of bmi. “For our business customers, the new route gives them direct and frequent services to a key Swiss commercial city and the tri-national region.” Felix Rodel, country manager of Ireland & UK, SWISS, added: “Business travellers will benefit from increased capacity between London and Basel by 135 per cent with the switch from London City airport to London Heathrow Airport for all Basel flights. The Manchester to Basel capacity will also increase by 84 per cent, both routes being served by bmi Airbus A319 aircraft.” Today, Basel is the most successful economic region in Switzerland and is also the leading convention centre of the country.