26 April 2013
Birmingham Airport is pleased to announce that work on its brand new primary radar system is now complete and fully operational.
The new state-of-the-art radar will allow air traffic controllers to survey the sky in greater detail, detecting the range and direction of aircraft within a 60 nautical mile radius.
Standing 36 metres high, this latest addition to the airport’s impressive infrastructure represents an investment of over £2.2 million.
The Star 2000 primary surveillance radar from Thales is one of the world’s most advanced radars, and replaces the previous system which was nearing the end of its operational life.
Will Heynes, Development Director at Birmingham Airport has overseen the project from the beginning. He said: “It’s great to see our new radar complete and fully operational. This represents yet another step forward for the airport. The new equipment is a vital part of the state-of-the-art air traffic control system that we are developing.
“As part of this improvement scheme, we also took the decision to reposition the new radar tower within the airport’s Long Stay car park after many months of careful planning. This site was purposely chosen to minimise any impact on local communities.
“With work on the runway extension well underway, this is an exciting time of growth for the airport.”
Kevin Tolcher, General Manager for Air Traffic Management at Thales UK, said: “Birmingham Airport now has a world-class radar system that can better support its effective air traffic management. The successful delivery and installation of the Thales STAR 2000 primary surveillance radar will provide air traffic controllers with the information they need to ensure safe and efficient operations during en-route, approach and airport movements.”
08 March 2013
Flybe, Europe’s largest and most successful regional airline, has boosted its services between Birmingham and Edinburgh and Glasgow airports with four additional flights a day providing its customers with a true shuttle service with a total choice of up to eight flights a day on each route from September 9th. Seats are available for booking now at www.flybe.com with one way fares from £29.99 including taxes and charges.
Business travellers in particular will benefit from the added choice and flexibility that Flybe’s high-frequency services now offer: for example, there are three conveniently timed weekday flights leaving Edinburgh for Birmingham before 0900; whilst northbound they have the choice of up to four weekday flights leaving Birmingham after 1600. Likewise, with up to 30% more seats available on these enhanced routes, leisure travellers have an even greater choice of affordable flights.
The additional flights on these popular routes have been scheduled to satisfy public demand and, with the majority to be operated by Flybe’s comfortable 2x2 seat Embraer jet aircraft, are another example of Flybe’s long-standing commitment to both Scotland and Birmingham.
William Pearson, Aviation Development Director at Birmingham Airport, said: “These additional flights to Edinburgh and Glasgow is great news for business and leisure passengers, who are set to benefit from greater choice and increased connectivity. We’re sure this latest route announcement will also be welcomed by those wanting to visit friends and relatives in both Birmingham and Scotland. We’re delighted with Flybe’s decision to increase flights to these popular destinations, which clearly demonstrates their commitment to Birmingham and the wider region.”
05 March 2013
Air Malta is pleased to announce the return of charter flights from Birmingham Airport this summer.
Back by popular demand, the Maltese airline will operate two weekly charter flights to and from Birmingham every Tuesday and Friday, between May and October. The launch of these new services will increase accessibility to the islands and allow passengers to fly from their local airport.
Commenting on this new service, Philip Saunders, Chief Commercial Officer for Air Malta, said: “Air Malta is building on its position in the UK as a leader in the market to Malta. Our summer charter operations further confirms the airline’s commitment to boost incoming tourism to Malta from the UK, and to bring Malta closer to their home. These flights also make it much easier for the Maltese market to visit the British regions.”
William Pearson, Aviation Development Director at Birmingham Airport added: “These charter flights are a great addition to our summer schedule and we’re sure they’ll prove to be very popular with passengers who want to grab some Mediterranean sun. This latest route announcement is proof that people living in the West Midlands and the surrounding areas want to fly from their local airport.”
Air Malta offers 20kgs for checked-in baggage and up to 10kgs as hand luggage allowance for each passenger. Seats are also available for sale via the airline’s website – www.airmalta.com and via the international call centre on 00356 21 66 22 11.
16 January 2013
Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAEL), the award-winning independent aircraft maintenance provider, is pleased to announce that construction work has now started on its 110,000 sq. ft state-of-the-art maintenance facility, at Birmingham Airport.
This follows the announcement on 20 November 2012 about the new facility, which is creating 150 new jobs with the potential for a further 150.
The construction work, which is due to be completed and fully operational by the end of 2013, commenced with Mick Adams, MAEL Managing Director, breaking soil at Birmingham Airport on 11 January 2013.
Commenting on the build, Mick Adams stated: “This is a key milestone in MAEL’s development which will allow us to meet the requirements of our customers and to fulfil the potential to grow our third-party customer base even more rapidly.”
Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport said: “This state-of-the-art facility in the West Midlands demonstrates Monarch’s long-term commitment to the region, creating job opportunities for skilled engineers and young people looking to start a career in aircraft maintenance. We look forward to watching the development take shape over the coming months.”
Kim Shevyn, Regional Construction Director of John Sisk & Son Ltd said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract for this state-of-the-art maintenance facility at Birmingham Airport and look forward to developing our relationship with MAEL whilst utilising our extensive expertise within the airport sector.”
The new facility will incorporate industry-leading design, technology and build standards and will have the capacity to accommodate both wide body and narrow body aircraft.
Supported by a number of component-repair and back shops as well as a logistics centre, the Birmingham facility will complement MAEL’s existing heavy maintenance operations in the UK at London Luton and Manchester Airports.
A video announcing MAEL’s new facility at Birmingham Airport is available here
21 December 2012
Monarch, the leading scheduled leisure airline, has announced two brand new routes for summer 2013 from Birmingham Airport to Split, Croatia’s second largest city, and the World Heritage City of Bordeaux.
The new routes will both operate three times a week from 22 May 2013. Bordeaux is the perfect destination for a weekend city break, with flights operating on a Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. The city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a jewel of 18th century architecture and at the centre of one of the largest fine wine regions in the world.
Split, on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, is becoming an increasingly popular destination for holidaymakers providing great transport links to a number of islands including Solta and Brac, as well as other coastal towns and holiday destinations. Flights will operate on a Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The new route will complement Monarch’s existing Croatian route of Dubrovnik from Birmingham.
Kevin George, Monarch Airlines’ Managing Director said, “We are delighted to be adding two brand new routes from Birmingham airport offering our customers in the Midlands an even greater range of summer sun and destinations, bringing the total number of Monarch routes for 2013 from Birmingham Airport to 28.”
In addition to the new flights, the existing route to Mahon in Menorca will increase in frequency with one extra flight a week from the 4 May 2013. It will operate every Friday throughout the summer, increasing the number of flights to Mahon to four per week.
Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport, said, “Monarch Airlines is going from strength to strength, providing Midlanders with even more choice and affordable fares. We’re delighted that the airline is committing growth in Birmingham and the wider region and we look forward to welcoming these fantastic additions to our network this summer.”
Prices start at £49.99 one way, including taxes and charges. For more information and to book visit the website www.monarch.co.uk
25 July 2012
Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has today announced its latest new route from Birmingham that offers up to three return flights a day to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport from October.
One way fares are available now from just £39.99, including taxes and charges.
The year round service is expected to benefit a mixture of business and leisure passengers, taking the total number of Flybe routes serving Birmingham to 24.
Andrew Strong, Flybe UK Managing Director comments: “Flybe is committed to developing its route network out of Birmingham and we have every confidence that our new service with its convenient timings will prove successful in offering an attractive and affordable way for travellers to access this vital international hub.”
Martyn Lloyd, Commercial Director, Birmingham Airport, said: ”Amsterdam is an important route for both business and leisure travellers and last year it was the third busiest destination from Birmingham. Flybe is a strong brand and has a successful product which I’m sure will be perfect for this route so we’re extremely pleased that the carrier will be starting daily services from the winter period.”
Mr Strong added: “The introduction of Flybe’s new route will further complement our already extensive schedule that features a total of 24 routes and a choice of up to 586 flights each week and we look forward to welcoming our first Amsterdam passengers on board
Birmingham (BHX) to Amsterdam (AMS) from 28th October 2012
Dep BHX 0705 arr AMS 0930 Dep AMS 1005 arr BHX 1025
Dep BHX 1735 arr AMS 2000 Dep AMS 2035 arr BHX 2050
Dep BHX 1420 arr AMS 1635 Dep AMS 1715 arr BHX 1735
Dep BHX 0705 arr AMS 0930 Dep AMS 1005 arr BHX 1025
Dep BHX 1355 arr AMS 1610 Dep AMS 1650 arr BHX 1710
Dep BHX 1735 arr AMS 2000 Dep AMS 2035 arr BHX 2050
You can book now by visiting www.flybe.com
06 July 2012
Ryanair has announced four new routes for winter 2012 from Birmingham, to Barcelona (El Prat), Krakow, Milan (Bergamo) and Palma De Mallorca starting in November. Ryanair will grow its winter 2012 Birmingham schedule to 18 routes, which will deliver over 1.5m passengers p.a., sustaining 1,500 'on site' jobs at Birmingham Airport.
Ryanair celebrated its 4 new Birmingham routes by launching 100,000 seats from £13 for travel on Mon, Tues, Wed and Thur in August and September, which are available for booking before midnight (24:00hrs) on Mon (9 July). Ryanair’s new Birmingham routes are on sale now at www.ryanair.com.
Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport, said:
“I’m certain this news will be welcomed in the Midlands as it means that people can use their local airport rather than having to travel outside the region to fly. Ryanair is an important customer of Birmingham Airport and we’re delighted that the carrier has placed even more confidence in the region by adding further routes to its current Birmingham operation.”
RYANAIR’S NEW BIRMINGHAM ROUTES
Birmingham to: Frequency
Barcelona (El Prat) - 4 weekly flights
Krakow - 2 weekly flights
Milan (Bergamo) - 3 weekly flights
Palma De Mallorca - 2 weekly flights
11 June 2012
Birmingham’s business and tourism received a welcome boost today as Aer Lingus Regional’s first flight from Birmingham to Ireland West Airport Knock took to the skies.
From Monday 11th June, Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann will fly once daily from Birmingham to Ireland West Airport Knock offering both business and leisure travellers direct, convenient and cost effective connectivity between Great Britain’s second largest city and the west of Ireland.
Commenting on the launch of the service, Aer Arann’s Interim Chief Executive Sean Brogan said, “We are delighted to commence our Aer Lingus Regional Birmingham to Ireland West Airport Knock service today. We recognise the vital importance of regional air connectivity and the key role that this air link to and from Birmingham provides for business, tourism and leisure travel. We look forward to working with our partners in Birmingham Airport to ensure that this route continues to be a success.”
Welcoming the launch of the service, Aer Lingus Director of Communications, Declan Kearney said, “Aer Lingus is delighted to add the Birmingham to Ireland West Airport Knock route to its network. We look forward to welcoming more and more customers on board this service from today and into the future.”
Paul Kehoe, CEO, Birmingham Airport, added, “The Midlands is home to many thousands of Irish descendants so we’re confident that today’s launch will be welcomed by those wanting to visit friends and relatives in both Birmingham and Knock, as well as the business community who need to access the Midlands and County Mayo.”
Aer Lingus Regional flights from Birmingham to Ireland West Airport Knock start from €29.99 one way including taxes and are available for booking on www.aerlingus.com.
Birmingham Airport has teamed up with Lufthansa to launch a new service to Hamburg, which will operate 12 times a week.
This service is followed by a new daily flight to Berlin, which will come into effect in early June, to coincide with the opening of the new Berlin-Brandenburg Airport, meaning flying out to Germany has never been easier.
Christian Schindler, Lufthansa’s General Manager for UK & Ireland, said: “As well as offering passengers quick and easy access to many of the main German cities, we continue to ensure that our flights to and from Birmingham offer the shortest possible onward connection times to our worldwide network through our main hubs of Frankfurt and Munich, as well as our developing mini-hub at Dusseldorf.”
The decision to launch new services to Hamburg and Berlin follows a record breaking year for Lufthansa, who carried the highest number of passengers to and from Birmingham in the airline’s history.
Christian continued: “Our passenger growth out of Birmingham in 2011 proves that the vast majority of travellers still want the added value they receive from a full service airline. They know when they book with Lufthansa the price they pay includes the option to check-in online or at the airport, the ability to take a reasonable amount of luggage and they also enjoy good quality food and drink on board the aircraft, with no hidden extra cost.”
Martyn Lloyd, Head of Air Service Development at Birmingham Airport, said: “This addition to our summer flight schedule is great news for people in Birmingham and the wider region. By making major European cities such as Hamburg and Berlin more accessible, it will also benefit the business community here in the Midlands and contribute towards helping the UK economy as a whole.”
For full details about all Lufthansa services, please visit www.lufthansa.com
27 April 2012
Claims by BAA that Heathrow Airport is the only answer to forging new air links with China have been further dismissed by Birmingham Airport following a successful visit to the Far East for talks with a number of airlines.
During a three day visit to the Chinese city of Chengdu for the Routes Asia conference, the Airport’s management team, led by its CEO, Paul Kehoe, spoke to airlines about the market potential, particularly highlighting the level of trade between this region and cities across Asia and the demand for direct flights.
There is also a great cultural link between China and this part of the UK and the city of Birmingham has a twin status with the city of Guangzhou in Southern China.
Commenting on the visit, Paul Kehoe, the Airport’s CEO, said: “We hear so much from BAA about the UK losing lucrative new routes because of the capacity constraints at Heathrow but the South East isn’t the only solution. Our runway extension will allow aircraft to fly direct from China, bringing investment to the region, and giving airlines and passengers an alternative to battling with London’s congestion problems.
“We now need the UK Government to endorse Birmingham Airport, when it releases its Aviation Policy Review later this year, as a national airport that can offer a rapid and cost effective solution to the aviation gap.”
Routes Asia 2012 is a major networking event designed to bring airlines and airports together. Birmingham Airport had the largest Airport stand at the event and demonstrated strong trading links with China by showing a film about the partnership between the Airport and MG Motors a company owned by Shanghai Automotive.
MG Motor’s MD, William Wang, recently supported a Birmingham-Shanghai route, stating there was serious need for direct flights between Birmingham and Shanghai for business passengers, the Chinese community living in the West Midlands region and the thousands of students that come to Birmingham each year from China to study.
Since 2003, after London, Birmingham has attracted more Chinese investment projects than any other UK city, receiving £76.59m in capital investment and creating 596 jobs during this period. In 2010, Birmingham received £8.68m in capital investment from China.
Paul Kehoe continued, “Birmingham Airport currently handles nine million passengers a year but can take double this number today with its current infrastructure. With the runway extension, this will progressively grow to 36m by the year 2030.
“Our runway extension is already under construction and will be complete early in 2014. The UK Government has said there will be no additional runway capacity for flights into London; it is therefore critical for airports such as Birmingham to deliver direct long haul flights and this kind of positive commercial discussion paves the way for that to happen. With more direct flights regional airports will play an important part in rebalancing the UK economy and allowing the Midlands to benefit from trade links to emerging markets like China.”
19 April 2012
easyJet has announced that it will begin operating a year-round service between Belfast and Birmingham this autumn. The daily service, which will operate seven days a week from 22 October 2012, will provide Birmingham travellers with the only direct route to Belfast International Airport.
Flights on the new route will go on sale on Monday 23 April, with fares starting from £22.99 (one way, including taxes).
The route will mainly serve the region’s business passengers by providing flexible access to Belfast but it will also offer more choice for leisure passengers seeking cost-effective access to Northern Ireland. The new route between Birmingham and Belfast reinforces easyJet’s commitment to the Midlands, and will see easyJet operating all year round flights from Birmingham Airport for the first time.
easyJet’s pledge is to make travel easy and affordable, and this new route will help boost business and leisure travel between the two cities.
Ali Gayward, easyJet UK commercial manager, said: “We’re excited to be expanding our network by launching easyJet’s first year-round route from Birmingham. The move marks easyJet’s commitment to strengthening its network across the UK with a particular focus on supporting business passengers. Our schedule, with flights operating at peak morning and evening times, also reflects our continued focus on meeting the needs of the business traveller, as well as offering leisure travellers affordable access to Northern Ireland.
“This route represents a major milestone in our network growth which sees easyJet operating year round from Birmingham for the first time ever. We are confident this new route will be a popular addition for passengers in the Midlands catering both for businesses looking to reduce their travel costs as well as leisure travellers seeking affordable city breaks.
“Importantly, it will also provide inbound tourism for Birmingham from the Northern Ireland capital city, benefitting the local economy and driving more footfall to England’s second city.”
The inaugural flight will take off from Birmingham Airport on 22 October, initially a daily service, and from 29 October will increase to two flights a day on weekdays, and one on weekends.
Martyn Lloyd, Air Services Development Director from Birmingham Airport, commented: “We’re delighted that such a successful and well known brand like easyJet is expanding from Birmingham, adding to its existing Geneva and Grenoble routes. Belfast International isn’t currently served from Birmingham so this is a major development for us and we are delighted that easyJet is committing to this expansion.”
For more information or to book flight please visit www.easyJet.com
Travellers looking to book winter flights, accommodation and transfers in one go, from any of easyJet’s 11 bases, can find a wide range of flexible and affordable breaks from all easyJet airports on the easyJet Holidays website: www.easyJet.com/holidays.
19 March 2012
VolkerFitzpatrick and Colas have been announced as the preferred joint venture contractors for two major Midlands construction projects –the A45 Transport Corridor Improvement Scheme and the Runway Extension at Birmingham Airport, following a competitive tender process run by Birmingham City Council.
The two projects are being developed in conjunction due to their close proximities and timeframes, and will provide a number of benefits for both contracting parties.
The benefits include increased purchasing power, combining utility diversion works, reducing construction overhead costs and minimising the need to export and import earthworks materials.
The A45 Transport Corridor Improvement Scheme will improve the A45 Coventry Road between Damson Parkway and M42 Junction 6. It will reduce congestion, improve safety and accessibility, and is a major catalyst for investment. Birmingham City Council is tendering for the A45 Transport Corridor Improvement Scheme, on behalf of Solihull MBC.
The estimated commencement date of the A45 Transport Corridor Improvement Scheme is July 2012, with works expected to be completed by summer 2013. The estimated start date for the runway extension scheme is June 2013, with an operational date of spring 2014, following full commissioning and flight testing.
On completion, the 405m runway extension will enhance the Airport’s capability and open up the World to the people and economy of the Midlands, as well as helping to take pressure off airports in the overheated South East.
John Morris, Head of Industry and Government Affairs for Birmingham Airport said, “By meeting local demand, the Airport will reduce unnecessary long-distance surface journeys to other UK airports and generate sustainable long-term economic growth inside its own local area.”
Councillor Mike Whitby, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said, “Birmingham Airport and the A45, which links Birmingham to Coventry, the motorways and beyond, are both key strategic components of the entire West Midlands’ transport infrastructure. Making improvements and expanding capacity of both the road and airport will directly benefit the regional economy, encouraging more inward investment and enhancing our position and ability to compete on a global scale.”
At just 2,600 metres, the current runway length restricts the range of destinations, markets and routes which can be served directly from the Airport, resulting in thousands of people each year having to make long surface journeys to other UK airports outside the Midlands region.
To have unlimited aircraft types flying directly to long-haul routes require a longer take-off distance to enable aircraft to take off with a full payload.
Whilst the Airport can currently serve short haul and medium haul routes into the UK and Europe, as well as limited long-haul routes to the east coast of North America and the Middle East, thriving business and leisure destinations further away, such as China, South Africa and the west coast of America, cannot be reached directly.
Speaking on behalf of VolkerFitzpatrick and Colas, Des Steadman, MD of Civil Engineering for VolkerFitzpatrick, said, “We’re delighted to be chosen as preferred bidder and to be involved in these projects. Both organisations are pleased to continue their long standing relationships with the key stakeholders. We recognise the strategic importance of this significant infrastructure project to the region and look forward to its successful delivery.”
The runway extension works are currently estimated at £33 million and will be funded by the Airport Company. In addition, the Airport is making a further investment of £13 million for the construction of a new air traffic control tower and radar system, which will be operational in 2013, and £9m in a resurfacing of the runway.
The A45 Corridor Improvement works are currently estimated at £32 million, funded by £10 million from Centro (the Transport Authority for the West Midlands), a £7million contribution by the Airport for the cost of the revised alignment of the A45 corridor, and potentially £15.7 million through the Government’s Regional Growth Fund for which the final contract is still pending.