British Midland Airways Limited (styled as bmi, British Midland International), is an airline based at Donington Hall in Castle Donington, England, United Kingdom, close to East Midlands Airport, and a fully owned subsidiary of Lufthansa. The airline flies to destinations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia from its operational base at London Heathrow Airport, where it holds 11% of all take off and landing slots and operates over 2,000 flights a week. In January 2007, BMI bought British Mediterranean Airways which has enabled it to serve a wider range of mid-haul destinations.
British Midland Airways Limited holds a United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority Type A Operating Licence. It is permitted to carry passengers, cargo and mail on aircraft with 20 or more seats.
On 29 October 2008, BMI shareholder Lufthansa announced that it was acquiring a further share of the airline for around €318 million, giving it an 80% shareholding. The merger was delayed while the European Commission considered the effect on competition but it was subsequently approved on 14 May 2009.
In June 2009 it was announced that Lufthansa planned to buy the remaining stake in the airline from Michael Bishop for less than originally agreed, and Lufthansa took full control of the airline in July 2009. Shortly thereafter in November 2009, and following a due diligence exercise by Lufthansa, the airline announced a restructuring, suspending seven routes from 2010 and reducing the fleet by nine aircraft.