Birmingham Airport

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Birmingham Airport
Birmingham Airport 2010.png
Birmingham Airport, England, Feb. 2008.jpg
IATA: BHXICAO: EGBB
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Seven Metropolitan Boroughs of West Midlands (49% total)
(Birmingham, Coventry, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall & Solihull)

Airport Group Investments Ltd. (48.25%) (Teachers' & VFMC)

Employee Shares (2.75%)[1]
Operator Birmingham Airport Ltd
Serves Birmingham, United Kingdom
Location Bickenhill, West Midlands
Elevation AMSL 328 ft / 100 m
Coordinates 52°27′14″N 001°44′53″W / 52.45389°N 1.74806°W / 52.45389; -1.74806Coordinates: 52°27′14″N 001°44′53″W / 52.45389°N 1.74806°W / 52.45389; -1.74806
Website birminghamairport.co.uk
Map
West Midlands
EGBB
EGBB
Location in the West Midlands
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
15/33 3,076 10,023 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 9,120,201
Passenger change 12-13 Increase2.2%
Aircraft Movements 95,713
Movements change 12-13 Increase3.3%
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[2]
Statistics from the UK Civil Aviation Authority[3]

Birmingham Airport (IATA: BHXICAO: EGBB), formerly Birmingham International Airport[4] is an airport located 5.5 NM (10.2 km; 6.3 mi) east southeast of Birmingham city centre, at Bickenhill in the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull within the West Midlands, England. The airport is a base for Flybe, Monarch, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways.

The airport offers both domestic flights within the UK, and international flights to destinations in Europe, the Middle East, Pakistan, India, North America and the Caribbean. After handling a record 9.6 million passengers in 2008, passenger numbers declined to around 9.1 million in 2013, making Birmingham the seventh busiest UK airport.[3]

Birmingham has a CAA Public Use Aerodrome Licence (Number P451) that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction.

Location[edit]

Birmingham Airport is 5.5 NM (10.2 km; 6.3 mi) east-south-east of Birmingham city centre, in the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull. It is bordered by the National Exhibition Centre to the east, Marston Green to the north, Sheldon to the west, and the village of Bickenhill to the south.

It is primarily served by the A45 main road, and is near Junction 6 of the M42 motorway. It is connected by the elevated AirRail Link with Birmingham International railway station on the West Coast Main Line.

The airport's location south-east of the city, plus the only operational runway being north-west - south-east (15/33), means that depending on wind direction, aircraft land or take-off directly over Birmingham. The relatively short north-east - south-west runway (06/24) is not operational, and has been incorporated into the taxiway for aircraft departing the end of runway 33, or gaining access to runway 15.

History[edit]

Where Birmingham Airport is now, as it was around 1921. (See [5] for a modern map of Birmingam Airport and around.)

1920s to 1939[edit]

World War II[edit]

  • World War II: The airport was requisitioned by the Air Ministry and was used by the RAF and the Royal Navy as an Elementary Flying School and a base for the Fleet Air Arm. During this time, the original grass strip was replaced by two hard runways: 06/24 at 2,469 feet (753 m) and 15/33 at 4,170 feet (1,271 m).[7] Avro Lancaster and Stirling bombers manufactured at the Austin Aero Company's shadow factory at Cofton Hackett could not take off from the short runways at Longbridge. Instead they were transported by road, minus the wings that would be attached at Elmdon. They were test flown from the aerodrome, and once declared airworthy they were flown to their operational units.
  • 8 July 1946: The aerodrome returned to civilian use, though still under government control.

1946–1970s[edit]

During the post-war years, public events, such as air fairs and air races were held on the site.

  • 1 January 1960: The City of Birmingham took over responsibility again.
  • 1 April 1960: The City of Birmingham assumed full responsibility.[8]
  • 1961: An additional terminal building to handle international traffic was opened, called The International Building.
  • 1967: The main runway was extended to 7,400 feet (1.4 miles) to allow jet operations, including introducing VC-10 services to New York.
  • 1970: The Birmingham Corporation Act 1970 gave the corporation the power to attest constables for the airport, creating the Birmingham Airport Police.
  • 1974: Ownership of the airport passed to the newly formed West Midlands County Council.[7]
Part of Terminal 1, the runway is seen beyond.

1980s - 2000[edit]

  • 4 April 1984: The current airport was first used. A new terminal was opened on the east side of the runway adjacent to the Birmingham International railway station and the National Exhibition Centre, able to handle three million passengers a year.
  • 30 May 1984: Elizabeth II opened it.[9]
    It included a Maglev Airport Rapid Transit system, running between the airport and Birmingham International railway station on a 600-metre (1,969 ft) track.[10]
    The original Art Deco 1939 terminal and control tower are still visible and are in use as aviation related offices, near hangars to the west of the runway.
  • 1985: Take Off, a sculpture by the Polish artist Walenty Pytel, was set up, on a roundabout on the approach road. It is 1.4 m (4.6 ft) tall. The unpolished steel sculpture was designed to commemorate 40 years of peace in Europe.[11]
  • 1986: Ownership of the Airport transferred to the newly formed West Midlands Joint Airport Committee, comprising the seven West Midlands district councils. Shortly after this, the Airports Act 1986 was introduced, requiring municipal airports with turnover greater than £1m to become Public Airport Companies.
  • 1 April 1987: Ownership of the airport was transferred to Birmingham International Airport plc, although still owned by the seven West Midlands district councils.
  • 26 July 1991: A second terminal, "Eurohub", opened (with Concorde in attendance), more than doubling the airport's capacity. This second terminal was designed for the use of British Airways and its partners as part of a "hub and spoke" system whereby aircraft would arrive in waves from domestic and European destinations and allowed easy transfers so that a passenger from, say Edinburgh, could connect to a range of European destinations. In 1980, British Airways started operating a service to New York-JFK,and Toronto-Pearson.
  • 1993: The Government limited public sector borrowing. This meant that the airport could only expand by using private sector finance. 51% of the local authority shares were sold to restructure the airport into a private sector company, enabling a £260 million restructuring programme to begin in 1997.
  • 1995: The Maglev Airport Rapid Transit system[10] was closed due to high cost and problems sourcing parts.

2000 to 2010[edit]

The AirRail Link joins the railway station to the airport, operated by a track and pulley system
Part of the Terminal 2 apron, the runway is seen beyond.
  • 3 March 2000: The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh officially opened the £40 million redevelopment of the airport. The redevelopment introduced a new customs and immigration hall, twelve new shops, a new baggage reclaim area, a new arrivals concourse, a new pier with three air bridges, sixteen new check-in desks in Terminal 1. They also linked Terminal One with Terminal Two (previously "Eurohub") for the first time with the newly built Millennium Link. Following on from this, a total of £18 million was spent on a replacement for the Maglev; the AirRail Link people mover, which was the first in the world to be used at an airport. Along with this, the public transport interchange was built to extend Birmingham International railway station for airport users. This has since been named Birmingham International Interchange.
  • 2000: Emirates launched a new service to Dubai, eventually going twice daily in 2005.
  • 20 October 2003: Concorde made her final visit to Birmingham Airport on as part of her farewell tour.
  • July 2007: Birmingham was voted the best airport in Europe in the 5 million to 10 million passengers per year category.[12]
  • January 2008: The shorter runway (06/24) was decommissioned. It had been used with less frequency due to its short length, noise impact, and its inconvenient position crossing the main runway making it uneconomic to continue operation. The closure also allowed for apron expansion on both sides of the remaining runway. However it remains open as a taxiway and a helicopter airstrip.[13]
Emirates brings the A380 to Birmingham to celebrate 70 years of the airport and the opening of the new international pier.
  • June 2008: Work began on building the new three story International Pier. It was officially opened on 9 September 2009. As part of the airport's 70th anniversary, the airport welcomed the Airbus A380 as the first user of the pier. The special service was the first commercial A380 flight in the UK to take place outside London Heathrow Airport.
    The new pier is a three-storey construction, 240 metres long and 24 metres wide. Departing passengers will be accommodated on the top level, with arriving passengers on the middle level and office accommodation for airline and handling agents on the ground floor.
    The new facility provides air-bridged aircraft parking for seven wide-bodied aircraft and enough space to serve 13 smaller aircraft at any given time and is capable of accommodating 'next generation' environmentally-efficient wide-bodied aircraft such as the Airbus A380, Airbus A350 and the Boeing 787 'Dreamliner' as well as the larger aircraft types such as the Boeing 777 which currently serves the airport daily. The new pier also hosts a new lounge for business class Emirates passengers.[14]
  • 2009: The airport introduced charges for passengers using its luggage trolleys. Passengers now pay a non-refundable charge of £1/€2 for the use of a baggage trolley with payment accepted in coins or by card. The airport explained that the provision of a free bus service should reduce demand for trolleys.[15]

2010 - present[edit]

In September 2010 an announcement was made that following the merging of Terminals 1 & 2 in 2011, the airport would drop the International from its official name to become Birmingham Airport.[16] A Midlands based marketing agency was recruited to "create a new corporate identity that reflects [Birmingham Airport's] current position in the market place, as well as its future potential". Figures from Birmingham Airport show that 8 million people live within a one hour's drive of the airport, but less than 40% of them use it. It is hoped that the rebrand will make the airport "more visible to the market".[17] However, the new name was used from November 2010.[18] The new logo, interlocking circles in shades of blue, and slogan, "Hello World", were designed to reflect the airport's new positioning as a global travel hub.[19]

In January 2011, the airport merged its two terminals into a Single Terminal Building. This involved the construction of two new floors been added to the airports terminals (& Millennium Link). The 3rd floor was built in the Millennium Link (also in the two terminals) accommodating the new Centralised Security Search area and a/the Lower Ground Floor, accommodating the new Arrivals and Meeting & Greeting (Meet & Greet) area. There are also plans to extend both terminals, adding an additional Departures and Arrivals.

In August 2013, Air India began operating flights to Delhi and Amritsar using Boeing 787 aircraft.

Future[edit]

The airport has published a master plan for its development up to 2030, called "Towards 2030: Planning a Sustainable Future for Air Transport in the Midlands".[20] This sets out details of changes to the terminals, airfield layout and off-site infrastructure. As with all large scale plans, the proposals are controversial, with opposition from environmentalists and local residents. In particular the requirement for a second parallel runway based on projected demand was disputed by opponents.

Although initial plans for a second runway were scrapped, this is now firmly back on the airports agenda ahead of the report into Britains aviation strategy being published. Plans for a 2nd runway on the other side of the M42, along with a new terminal building and business park have been published and it's hoped they could help create around 250,000 jobs.

It's also been estimated that if these plans were to go ahead, the airport could handle around 70,000,000 passengers annually, and around 500,000 aircraft movements.

Runway extension[edit]

The first major element is an extension to the runway, the only airport in the UK to have gained planning consent for such work.[16] Originally, the target for completion was in time for the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics. However, work began in late 2012, with a target date to be fully operational by early 2014.

In August 2013, the old carriageway of the A45 Road was closed and the new carriage way was opened. This is to make way for the new runway extension currently being constructed. [21][22]

The extension will increase the runway length from the present 2,605 m (8,547 ft) to 3,003 m (9,852 ft), the main plan was to have a 150m starter extension along with the 400m extension but because the plan for the tunnel had been cancelled because of costs the runway length will be 3,050 m (10,007 ft).There will be a loop taxiway from which planes will taxi to the runway and then takeoff. The airport owners believe there is likely to be sufficient demand for long-range direct services operated by aircraft whose operations are constrained by the current runway length. The present runway length is short for an airport with Birmingham's passenger throughput and range of destinations, and limits aircraft to destinations on the east coast or in the midwest of North America, in the Gulf and Middle East, or on the South Asian subcontinent.

Plans for the extension of the airport runway and the construction of the new air traffic control tower were submitted to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council in January 2008 and approved in March 2009.[23] The construction of the runway extension and a new air traffic control tower began in March 2011. The extension to the southern end of the runway originally required the A45 Coventry Road to be diverted into a tunnel under the extended section, but to cut immediate costs, it will be diverted to the south of the runway until 2020, when it'll be moved into a tunnel.[24]

Taxiways will be further improved to allow for terminal expansion and to improve runway occupancy rates. A new turn off was completed in June 2006 and saw an improvement in traffic rates on southerly operations, where the only available option for landing traffic had been to travel to the end of the runway to exit.

New control tower[edit]

Building a new control tower for the airport began in July 2011, to replace the old tower which has stood at the airport since it was opened in 1939. The tower was completed in March 2012. As soon as the equipment was installed, testing and training began in summer 2012. The tower was fully operational by summer 2013. An Olympic ceremony was held at the airport on 23 April 2012, the Olympic rings were unveiled on the tower and could be seen from the A45 road and the main terminal building. This was to commemorate the build-up to the London 2012 Olympic games. These rings were removed once the Olympic Games officially closed.

The proposed 'Birmingham Interchange'

High Speed Two[edit]

As part of the proposed High Speed Two rail link, a new railway station called Birmingham Interchange would be built to serve both the airport and the National Exhibition Centre. The station would be built on the far side of the M42 motorway and connect to the airport using a "rapid transit people mover". If the project is given the go ahead, High Speed Two is currently planned for completion by 2026.[25]

On 23 February 2011, it was reported that Birmingham Airport had announced the HS2 extension could be a solution to runway capacity problems in London, citing that will be quicker to get to London from Birmingham than from London Stansted once completed and claimed that the airport had capacity for nine million more passengers.[26]

It's been found that Birmingham airport is the most accessible airport in the UK. It's been estimated that upon the completion of HS2 around 40,000,000 will be within 1 hours journey of the airport.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

Thomson Airways Boeing 757 taking off from Birmingham Airport
A Turkmenistan Airlines Boeing 757 preparing for departure
Norwegian Air Shuttle Boeing 737-300 taxiing at Birmingham Airport
Monarch Airlines Airbus A321 taxiing at Birmingham Airport
Helvetic Airways Fokker 100 taxiing at Birmingham Airport
CityJet Avro RJ85 taxiing at Birmingham Airport
Onur Air Airbus A321 taxiing at Birmingham Airport
Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Athens (begins 10 June 2014)[27][28]
Aer Lingus Dublin
Aer Lingus Regional
operated by Aer Arann
Cork, Dublin, Shannon
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Air India Amritsar, Delhi
Air Malta Seasonal: Malta
Air Transat Seasonal: Toronto-Pearson
Austrian Airlines
operated by Tyrolean Airways
Seasonal: Innsbruck
BH Air Seasonal: Burgas, Varna
BMI Regional Gothenburg-Landvetter
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Brussels Airlines
operated by Flybe
Brussels
Brussels Airlines
operated by Tyrolean Airways
Brussels
China Southern Airlines Seasonal charter: Beijing-Capital (begins 22 July 2014)[29]
Cyprus Airways Seasonal charter: Larnaca
Eastern Airways Newcastle upon Tyne
EasyJet Belfast-International
Seasonal: Geneva, Grenoble
Emirates Dubai-International
Freebird Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya, Dalaman
Flybe Aberdeen, Alicante, Amsterdam, Belfast-City, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Edinburgh, Glasgow-International, Guernsey, Hanover, Inverness, Isle of Man, Jersey, Knock, Lyon, Milan-Malpensa, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Stuttgart, Waterford
Seasonal: Avignon, Bergerac, Bordeaux (begins 13 May 2014), Brest, Chambéry, Dubrovnik, Florence, Geneva, Ibiza (begins 29 June 2014),[30] Innsbruck, Kittilä, La Rochelle, Newquay (begins 16 May 2014), Palma de Mallorca (begins 13 May 2014), Perpignan, Porto, Reykjavík-Keflavík (begins 29 June 2014),[30] Salzburg, Turin, Toulouse (begins 13 May 2014)
Seasonal charter: Lleida
Germanwings Berlin-Tegel, Hamburg
Germanwings
operated by Eurowings
Düsseldorf (begins 18 September 2014)
KLM Amsterdam
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Eurowings
Düsseldorf (ends 17 September 2014)
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Munich
Monarch Airlines Alicante, Barcelona, Bordeaux, Faro, Fuerteventura, Funchal, Gibraltar, Gran Canaria, Hurghada (begins 2 May 2014),[31] Lanzarote, Larnaca, Málaga, Nice, Palma de Mallorca, Paphos, Rome-Fiumicino, Sharm el-Sheikh, Tenerife-South, Venice-Marco Polo
Seasonal: Almería, Bodrum, Dalaman, Dubrovnik, Grenoble, Heraklion, Ibiza, Menorca, Split,
Seasonal charter: Chania, Corfu, Kavala (begins 27 May 2014), Kefalonia (begins 11 May 2014), Preveza, Rhodes, Zakynthos
Pakistan International Airlines Islamabad
Ryanair Alicante, Barcelona, Bratislava, Bydgoszcz, Derry, Dublin, Faro, Gran Canaria, Katowice, Kraków, Lanzarote, Málaga, Malta, Milan-Bergamo, Rzeszów, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Gdańsk, Ibiza, Kaunas, Murcia, Palma de Mallorca, Perpignan, Reus, Trieste
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Scandinavian Airlines
operated by Blue1
Copenhagen
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich
Swiss International Air Lines
operated by Helvetic Airways
Zürich
Thomas Cook Airlines Alicante, Antalya, Dalaman, Faro, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Malaga, Sharm el-Sheikh, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Almería, Banjul, Bodrum, Burgas, Corfu, Enfidha, Grenoble, Heraklion, Hurghada, Ibiza, İzmir, Kefalonia, Kos, Larnaca, Menorca, Palma de Mallorca, Paphos, Reus, Rhodes, Salzburg, Santorini, Turin, Zakynthos
Thomson Airways Alicante, Barbados, Enfidha, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Funchal, Lanzarote, Hurghada, Málaga, Montego Bay-Sangster, Palma de Mallorca, Paphos, Sal, Orlando-Sanford, Sharm el Sheikh, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Antalya, Marrakech
Charter: Cancún, Malta
Seasonal Charter: Almería (begins 4 May 2014), Boa Vista, Bodrum, Bourgas, Catania (begins 1 June 2014), Chambéry, Corfu, Dalaman, Dubrovnik, Enontekiö, Faro, Geneva, Gerona, Heraklion, Ibiza, Innsbruck, Izmir, Kavala, Kefalonia, Kos, Larnaca, Menorca, Naples, Pula, Reus, Rhodes, Salzburg, Santorini, Skiathos, Sofia, Verona, Zakynthos
Thomson Airways
operated by TUIfly
Seasonal charter: Palma de Mallorca (begins 25 May 2014)[32]
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
Turkmenistan Airlines Ashgabat
United Airlines Newark

Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aviavilsa Vilnius, Minsk, Plovdiv, Saarbrucken
FedEx Express Manchester, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Atlantic Airlines Isle Of Man
BinAir Oporto, Bilbao, Katowice, Cologne/Bonn

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • 4 January 2002 (2002-01-04) – A Bombardier-CL604 business jet crashed on take-off from runway 15 at Birmingham.[33] The aircraft with registration N90AG was on lease by AGCO corporation and was carrying two company executives, two pilots and an observer. After arriving from Palm Beach International Airport the previous evening, the aircraft was parked overnight at Birmingham where ice formed on the wings due to the cold weather conditions. The following morning the pilots did not request de-icing of the aircraft before their flight to Bangor Airport in Maine. The ice on the wings caused one wing to dip on take off, the aircraft inverted, crashed into grass beside the runway and caught fire. There were no survivors. Sleeping pills taken by both pilots the night before the crash are thought to have been a factor in reducing the pilots' judgment.
  • 23 February 2006 (2006-02-23) – Mahan Air Airbus A310 operating a flight from Tehran, Iran, was involved in a serious incident while on approach to Birmingham International Airport. The aircraft descended to the published minimum descent altitude of 740 ft despite still being 11 nm from the runway threshold. At a point 6 nm from the runway the aircraft had descended to an altitude of 660 ft, which was 164 ft above ground level. Having noticed the descent profile, Birmingham Air Traffic Control issued an immediate climb instruction to the aircraft, however, the crew had already commenced a missed approach, having received a GPWS alert. The aircraft was radar vectored for a second approach during which the flight crew again initiated an early descent. On this occasion, the radar controller instructed the crew to maintain their altitude and the crew successfully completed the approach to a safe landing. The accident investigation determined that the primary cause was use of the incorrect DME for the approach, combined with a substantial breakdown in Crew Resource Management. Three safety recommendations were made.[34]
  • 15 June 2006 (2006-06-15) – A TNT Airways cargo 737-300 made an emergency landing at Birmingham with damaged landing gear.[35] The aircraft, registration OO-TND, had been flying from Liege in Belgium to Stansted. Due to poor visibility at Stansted the flight diverted to East Midlands Airport. As the weather at East Midlands was also poor, the aircraft performed a full autopilot approach. During this approach the autopilot momentarily disengaged causing it to deviate from the course. The aircraft hit the grass to the side of the runway, which caused the right main gear to detach. The crew initiated a go-around, declared an emergency and diverted to Birmingham. After it landed on Birmingham's main runway, the airport was closed for a number of hours. The pilots were unharmed.[36] However, the company ascribed the incident to human error and both pilots were dismissed.[37] The official report into the accident highlighted a number of factors contributing to the accident - poor weather forecast information; a message passed from Air Traffic Control to the aircraft at an "inappropriate" time; the pilot accidentally disconnecting the autopilot when attempting to respond to the message; the pilot losing "situational awareness" and failing to abort the landing.[38]
  • 19 November 2010 (2010-11-19) – A Cessna Citation aircraft, registration G-VUEM, crashed at Birmingham Airport during final approach in thick fog. Reports from West Midlands Police were that there were two casualties, one critical. The aircraft was bringing a human liver from Belfast airport, for a transplant operation which was subsequently completed successfully.[39] The airport reopened at around mid-day the following day.

Security incidents[edit]

  • 6 June 2007 (2007-06-06) – The Tonight with Trevor McDonald programme exposed serious security flaws at Birmingham Airport over a six-month period. Fifteen members of staff working for the security contractor "ICTS UK Ltd" were suspended and subsequently dismissed for gross misconduct.[40] Members of security were filmed asleep on duty, reading magazines whilst operating x-ray scanners, leaving aircraft unguarded, and ignoring bags sent for extra security checks, as well as being understaffed. The security lapse was deemed so serious, that it was commented upon in the United States Congress by Bennie Thompson, the chairman of the US Congress Homeland Security Committee, who advised that all flights to and from Birmingham Airport should cease.[41] Despite dismissing the members of staff in the programme for their actions, ICTS still claimed that the footage had been "contrived to exaggerate and sensationalise" the issues.[42]
  • 8 June 2009 (2009-06-08) – The West Midlands Police helicopter (G-WMAO) was destroyed by arsonists,[43] and subsequently written off.[44] A year later, a new Eurocopter EC135 similar to G-WMAO was handed over to West Midlands Police at the Farnborough Airshow. Thousands of pounds have now been spent upgrading security surrounding the new police helicopter.[45]
  • 14 February 2010 (2010-02-14) – A faulty Archway Metal Detector (AMD) was switched off in Terminal 2 and not switched back on again, allowing hundreds of passengers to pass through unchecked. The "serious failure" was not spotted until police officers wearing metal equipment passed through and the AMDs did not sound. Birmingham Airport commented that a full and thorough investigation was under way.[46]

Traffic and Statistics[edit]

Passenger numbers[edit]

Birmingham handled a record 9.6 million passengers in 2008, and 9.1 million passengers used the airport in 2013, making Birmingham the seventh busiest UK airport.[3]

Number of
Passengers[47]
Number of
Movements[48]
Birmingham Airport Passenger Totals
1997-2013 (millions)
1997 6,025,485 79,880
1998 6,709,086 88,332
1999 7,013,913 98,749
2000 7,596,893 108,972
2001 7,808,562 111,008
2002 8,027,730 112,284
2003 9,079,172 116,040
2004 8,862,388 109,202
2005 9,381,425 112,963
2006 9,147,384 108,658
2007 9,226,340 114,679
2008 9,627,589 112,227
2009 9,102,899 101,221
2010 8,572,398 95,454
2011 8,616,296 93,145
2012 8,922,539 92,632
2013 9,120,201 95,713
Source: UK Civil Aviation Authority[3]

Route statistics[edit]

Busiest by country (2013)[49]
Rank
Country/Region
Passengers handled
% change 2012-13
1  Spain 1,949,011 Decrease05.2
2  United Kingdom 1,102,703 Increase07.7
3  Germany 842,670 Increase02.0
4  Ireland 711,011 Increase03.4
5  France 529,293 Increase08.4
6  United Arab Emirates 499,573 Increase05.4
7  Netherlands 460,012 Increase03.4
8  Turkey 409,770 Increase07.1
9  Greece 308,966 Increase00.6
10  Italy 277,011 Increase011.8
11  Portugal 224,036 Decrease010.0
12  Poland 190,674 Increase015.1
13   Switzerland 164,117 Decrease018.8
14  Cyprus 159,335 Decrease022.4
15  Egypt 151,384 Increase038.5
16  USA 113,823 Increase05.7
17  Belgium 106,983 Increase01.9
18  Pakistan 97,365 Increase00.3
19  Tunisia 81,355 Increase053.8
20  Denmark 80,088 Increase05.9
Busiest domestic and Crown dependency routes (2013)[3]
Rank Airport Passengers handled  % change
2012/13
1 Scotland Edinburgh 284,150 Decrease00.6
2 Northern Ireland Belfast-City 266,379 Decrease013.6
3 Scotland Glasgow International 203,464 Decrease02.2
4 Northern Ireland Belfast-International 157,222 Increase0543.5
5 Scotland Aberdeen 99,198 Increase011.2
6 Northern Ireland Derry 52,322 Decrease05.0
7 Isle of Man Isle of Man 41,676 Decrease04.0
8 Scotland Inverness 34,813 Increase05.5
9 Jersey Jersey 34,685 Decrease027.7
10 Guernsey Guernsey 34,409 Increase024.5
Busiest international routes to and from Birmingham Airport (2013)[3]
Rank Airport Passengers handled  % Change
2012 / 13
1 Republic of Ireland Dublin 561,017 Increase07.2
2 United Arab Emirates Dubai 499,573 Increase05.4
3 Netherlands Amsterdam 459,701 Increase03.5
4 France Paris-Charles de Gaulle 365,784 Increase01.3
5 Spain Alicante 294,332 Decrease05.8
6 Germany Frankfurt 280,218 Increase04.5
7 Spain Tenerife South 275,317 Decrease012.3
8 Spain Palma de Mallorca 258,959 Decrease09.2
9 Spain Malaga 251,838 Decrease017.9
10 Spain Lanzarote 188,015 Increase00.3
11 Germany Düsseldorf 184,722 Increase05.2
12 Portugal Faro 177,387 Decrease016.4
13 Germany Munich 174,476 Decrease00.5
14 Turkey Dalaman 168,179 Increase03.5
15 Egypt Sharm el-Sheikh 133,894 Increase035.9
16 Spain Barcelona 121,369 Increase0151.7
17 Spain Ibiza 121,368 Decrease02.7
18 Turkey Istanbul 110,224 Increase031.2
20 Belgium Brussels 106,940 Increase01.9

Ground transportation[edit]

Public transport[edit]

Train[edit]

Birmingham Airport is served by Birmingham International station. The station is on the West Coast Main Line between Birmingham and London. London Midland and Virgin Trains operate from Birmingham New Street station to Birmingham International station approximately every 10 minutes (during the day time), with a journey time of 10 to 15 minutes. There are three services per hour to and from London Euston, the journey time being around 70 minutes. Access between the railway station and the airport terminal is provided by the free AirRail Link.[50]

Preceding station   AirRail Link   Following station
Birmingham International   AirRail Link   Terminus

Bus and coach[edit]

National Express West Midlands operates the main bus routes calling at Birmingham Airport, those being the 900 to Birmingham city centre and Coventry, and the 966 to Erdington and Solihull. Additionally service 97A to Birmingham via Chelmsley Wood now runs to the airport 24hrs a day.[51] Other smaller operators also call at the airport. Bus stops are situated outside Terminal One.[52] Most buses are operated by National Express West Midlands, who do not give change when selling tickets, so foreign travellers will need to ensure they have British coins when taking a local bus.[53]

National Express Coaches operate various long distance coaches calling at Birmingham Airport on the way to or from Birmingham Coach Station, such as the 777 and the 422.

Taxi[edit]

Black cabs are available at the taxi-rank outside the arrivals area of the terminals.

Car[edit]

Birmingham Airport is accessible from the north and south via Junction Six of the M42 motorway. From Birmingham city centre, the A45 runs directly to the airport. There are no pick-up or drop-off areas available outside the terminal. Instead, there is a "Drop & Go" car park outside the terminals for which there is a charge of £1 for 10 minutes, plus another £1 for each subsequent 10 minutes. Alternatively, the first 15 minutes parking in Long Stay 1 is free.[54] The airport offers short and medium stay car parks close to the terminal, and long stay car parks with a free bus service to the terminal. The airport suggests using Short/Medium car parks 1/2/3 for arrivals.[55]

Birmingham Airport is the location of six global car-hire firms with a dedicated return and collect car park near to the terminals.[56]

Bicycle[edit]

The only cycle route available heads south over the A45 travelling towards Solihull. Birmingham Airport have however published "recommended routes" for cyclists.[57] Free short term cycle parking is available close to Terminal One. For longer stays, bicycles must be stored in Left Luggage for a charge.[58]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  19. ^ Communicate magazine Birmingham Airport says 'Hello' to a new identity, Communicate magazine, November 2010
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  23. ^ Birmingham Airport Runway Planning Notice
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  39. ^ "Birmingham airport plane crash: Liver transplant operation goes ahead successfully - Top Stories - News - Birmingham Mail". Retrieved 20 November 2010. 
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  41. ^ "AIRPORT SECURITY WHO WOULD RATHER READ SLEEP THAN X-RAY BAGS". The Express. 
  42. ^ "Airport security lapses exposed". BBC News. 04-06-2007. 
  43. ^ "Arson attack on police helicopter". BBC News. 2009-06-08. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  44. ^ http://www.caa.co.uk/application.aspx?catid=60&pagetype=65&appid=1&mode=detailnosummary&fullregmark=WMAO
  45. ^ "west midlands police ready to take off with new chopper". Birmingham Mail. July 2010. 
  46. ^ "Birmingham Airport investigates security breach after staff switched off metal detector". Birmingham Mail. 
  47. ^ Number of Passengers including domestic, international and transit.
  48. ^ Number of Movements represents total takeoffs and landings during that year.
  49. ^ http://www.caa.co.uk/
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  51. ^ "Network West Midlands". Route 97. 
  52. ^ "Coach or Bus". Birmingham Airport. 
  53. ^ http://nxbus.co.uk/west-midlands/tickets-prices/cash-fares
  54. ^ "Car Parking". Birmingham Airport. 
  55. ^ "Car Parking". Birmingham Airport. 
  56. ^ "Car Hire". Birmingham Airport. 
  57. ^ "recommended cycle routes". Birmingham Airport. 
  58. ^ "By Bike". Birmingham Airport. 

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