Bmibaby will suspend five of its summer services from Birmingham International Airport next summer, blaming a fall in demand for city breaks.

The Bmi-owned budget carrier will axe flights to Rome, Milan, Lisbon, Madrid and Bordeaux from March 29, with the loss of up to 65 jobs. The airline has begun a 30-day consultation with the employees affected. Passengers with advance bookings will be entitled to a full refund.

In a mark of the economic downturn, a bmibaby spokesman said travellers were booking summer-sun destinations rather than short city breaks.

A spokesman for Birmingham International said: “Birmingham is not immune to the economic slowdown and the coming year will be challenging.”

Bmibaby will continue to fly from Birmingham to Malaga, Alicante, Faro, Palma, Nice, Barcelona, Murcia, Amsterdam and Prague, as well as to airports in the UK and Ireland.