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New baggage handling operator at Birmingham Airport

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Page last updated: 30th May 2017 - 04:40 PM

Approximately 40 jobs will be made available at Birmingham Airport after Azzurra Premiere Handling takes over operation of baggage handling contacts on site.

Azzurra Premiere Handling, who already operate at Manchester and Heathrow airports, accepted the six-figure investment to become the second ground handling business operating at Birmingham Airport.
The baggage handling company has already secured contacts with BMI Regional and Brussels Airlines, providing a large number of services including check-in, boarding, baggage handling, push back and aircraft cleaning.

Director with Premiere Handling Julian van Gelder said: "This is an excellent airport that is well located at the heart of the country with great road and rail links.
"The runway has been extended, enabling direct flights to the west coast of the United States and other places in the world that were not previously accessible.
"Birmingham and the West Midlands also remains a powerhouse.....there are great opportunities for growth in both business and leisure passengers."

Improvements to the facilities at the airport come after arguments regarding Birmingham Airport’s baggage handling services since Aviator (the previous operating company) removed themselves from the airport, resulting in the loss of nearly 200 staff.

Since then, operations have been taken over by Swissport, until its own staff threatened strike action in the run up to Christmas before eventually cancelling the planned walkout.

Vittorio Mazza, Director with Azzurra, added: "This is our first step outside of the London market and we see a great opportunity to build a presence at one of the fastest growing airports in the UK, forecasted to handle over 13 million passengers in 2017."

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British Airways are making a comeback to Birmingham Airport with the implementation of 4 new summer-exclusive routes to popular European hotspots. Beginning in May, the airline will kick off its service jetting to Malaga, Ibiza and Palma and to the Italian city of Florence from Birmingham Airport flying once a week at weekends.

The flights will take place on the modern 98-seat Embraer 190 jet aircraft, which has two abreast seating systems allowing every customer the option of either a window or aisle seat.

The last time British Airways flew from the midlands airport was back in 2007, soon replaced by Flybe. Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager commercial and customer, said: “We are very excited to be returning to Birmingham with four very popular routes.

"Customers can once again enjoy competitively priced flights to the sun direct from their doorstep with British Airways to those destinations they tell us they want to fly to.
Basic flight flares from Birmingham to Ibiza begin at £45, while Florence, Malaga and Palma from £49.

David Winstanley, Chief Operating Officer for Birmingham Airport, said, “Having British Airways return to Birmingham is not only great news for the airport but also the Midlands region and we are confident this is the beginning of a long-term growth plan with the airline.

"Launching these four routes, of which Florence is currently unserved, means British Airways and Avios card holders as well as leisure travellers looking for a two-class cabin product can travel from their more convenient airport than those further afield.
Birmingham Airport, which handled just over 10 million passengers in 2015, already has its most popular domestic and international routes being Edinburgh, Belfast, Dubai and Amsterdam. Will any of the new routes mean additions to this list? Watch this space!

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Birmingham Airport crosses the finish line first!

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Page last updated: 17th Nov 2016 - 03:03 PM

A huge amount of credit goes to Birmingham Airport as it has officially claimed the title of Britain's Fastest Airport! After fighting off fierce and close competition from the likes of Edinburgh and Glasgow Airports, Skyscanner revealed that impressive 37% of passengers travelling through Birmingham Airport reached their desired gate in under 15 minutes. Top 5 were ranked as Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bristol and Heathrow respectively. The sample taken from each airport looked at over 200 passengers travelling through the top 10 most popular UK airports.

Skyscanner’s Travel Editor Cat McGloin says: “When you consider the vastness of Heathrow you might expect that it would take a long time to reach the gate so it’s great that they were actually found to be one of the fastest airports – showing that the size does not affect efficiency.

“There are of course a number of factors that may affect the time it takes to get through the airport, including the time of day and if travelling with children."
The study proved that two thirds of passengers (not using fast track) got from the point of airport entrance to the departure lounge/gate in less than 30 minutes. Furthermore 25% of those travellers made it in under 15 minutes!

An interesting takeaway from the study is that there was very little difference in terms of speed time to the desired gate between people who used fast track, and those who did not; 68% of people who used the service also made their desired gate within half an hour, almost matching the statistic and time of those who didn’t use fast track

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Hundreds of jobs to be created at Birmingham Airport

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Page last updated: 1st Aug 2016 - 03:31 PM

A crucial 200 additional jobs are planned to be created at Birmingham Airport thanks to a major investment from the airline Jet2.com.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays are planning to launch a range of cheap flights to popular tourist hotspots; Lanzarote, Malaga and Ibiza to name but a few. Local residents in Warwickshire and Coventry will be eagerly anticipating the addition of 57 new flights to 15 destinations from their local airport starting March 30, 2017.

An example of the great new deal includes daily flights to Alicante from £45 one way & flights to Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria for £70. The ground breaking investment provides 590,000 more seats leaving Birmingham Airport in 2017 after it becomes Jet2’s 8th UK airport of use. Jobs will range from cabin crew, engineers and ground operating staff.

Steve Heapy, Chief Executive of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: “This is an incredibly exciting day for us as we announce our expansion into our eighth UK airport base, providing further growth and investment for the region.

"It’s fantastic to be bringing our friendly low fares, great value package holidays, plus our brand new aircraft to Birmingham Airport.

“This is our most significant programme launch for some time, giving people a choice of 15 of the most popular sunshine destinations, including eleven Spanish hotspots, two Greek islands, plus Paphos and the sunny Algarve.

"We’re thrilled that even more customers can now experience our award winning flights and holidays and we look forward to our first flights taking off next year.”
Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive at Birmingham Airport, added: "This new addition to the family here at Birmingham Airport means new jobs in our region and even more choice for travellers, with 15 routes to popular and affordable sun destinations.

"This friendly leisure airline is in response to customer demand offering great value deals to some of the most popular sunshine routes on a fleet of brand new 737-800 aircraft.”

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A record January for Birmingham Airport

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Page last updated: 18th Feb 2016 - 12:06 PM

Record Year for Birmingham Airport!

Birmingham airport has reported a great start to the calendar year with substantial passenger growth on both short and long haul flights. The airport based in the midlands saw passenger levels increase by 9% last month compared to the same period last year, as well as being the busiest January on record. It handled 666,681 passengers in January, an increase of 55,000. A further positive is that demand for seats has increased on short haul trips, and more noticeably, it has seen a big growth on long haul flights which saw an 18% increase on January 2014.

The CEO for Birmingham Airport Paul Kehoe said: “This is an excellent start to the year and it means we are now celebrating our eleventh consecutive month of record breaking passenger figures.”

“2015 was a good year here at Birmingham Airport, overall we handled 10.2 million passengers – the most we’ve ever recorded in our 75 year history.”
“We expect the coming 12 months to be successful as we welcome more airlines to the flourishing Midlands region. This Easter alone will see us introduce Qatar, CSA, Iberia and Blue Air to Birmingham as well as the introduction by Emirates of its A380 aircraft.”

Scheduled traffic in January accounted for almost 90 per cent of the total, with charter passengers accounting for the remaining 10%.

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New Transport Changes Involving Birmingham Airport

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Page last updated: 21st Sep 2015 - 10:24 AM

A new extension to the tram system that will now go through East Birmingham, Birmingham Airport and the opening of the new suburban rail lines within the city is one of the major transport proposals that is to be discussed at a public consultation.

These plans have been 20 years in the making by West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority who are now interested in hearing the views of the public over the new transition. The strategy is designed to help the Midlands improve its growth greatly.

The upcoming dates for the public consultation events across the West Midlands are:

•Monday September 21, 6pm to 7pm, Dudley Council House

•Wednesday September 23, 6pm to 7pm, Coventry Council House, Committee Room 1

•Monday September 28, 6pm to 7pm, Walsall Council House, Conference Rooms 1 and 2

•Thursday October 1, 6pm to 7pm, Solihull Civic Suite

In order to maximise economic benefits the region needs the best possible transport links, hence why the plan has been created. “This long term transport plan will help underpin our existing economy and help it grow in the future, It will lay out the transport system that people and businesses will be using daily over the next two decades,” says Sir Albert Bore, an ITA member and leader of Birmingham City Council.

The proposal contained:
To extend the city centre’s Midland Metro tram system, fast, limited-stop Sprint services along the city’s main roads and newly implemented Links towards the West Midlands-wide cycle network. Each aspect of these 20 year old plans will take effect to varying extents in different areas of the Midlands, this is done to develop individual strategies of each constituency to suit their own needs.

A second change which took place on September 14th, is the 2 new flight route links between the UK, Budapest, and Warsaw. Due to the UK being a rapidly growing economic environment, and a population of over 10 million, foreign investors are starting to target the UK a lot more. Hungary, with its strong reputation for foreign investment landed a flight on the 14th at Birmingham Airport with 147 passengers, from Warsaw, as the first flight along a new route that has been implemented to facilitate better connections between the two countries.

The two new routes will each operate twice a week. The Warsaw journey will operate each Monday and Friday and Budapest each Tuesday and Saturday. Flights are available to book via wizzair.com from £15.49 each way. “It is fantastic to welcome another new airline to Birmingham; our seventh this year.” This was a quote from Paul Kehoe, chief executive of Birmingham Airport.

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Crufts is coming to Birmingham!

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Page last updated: 4th Mar 2015 - 03:10 PM

That’s right, it’s that time of year again. It’s March and dogs galore are descending on the NEC in Birmingham for the World’s Biggest Dog Show.

Conveniently, the NEC is located right next to Birmingham Airport, so if you are flying in for the show, it is super easy to get to.

You can always grab a taxi which will only take a few minutes, but the AirRail link is very convenient. You can pick it up at the airport and hop off at the NEC in no time at all!

If you’ve left all your organisation to the last minute, there are plenty of hotels located around the Airport that would be useful for the NEC - check out our list here! Why not stay the night beforehand to avoid an early start in the morning? Or after a long day at the show, it could be a good idea to stay the night before travelling home.

By now you should have all your transport arrangements in place if you are flying into the UK with your dog to compete at Crufts, but if you are trying to get it sorted last minute, or you are interested in how to do it for next year, check out this really useful guide about flying with your pet.

If you are just planning a day at Crufts, why not check out what other great attractions there are in the local area, and make your visit last the whole weekend?

The NEC is a great location and so easy to get to from the airport. Birmingham itself is incredibly well connected, with coaches arriving from all over the country and great bus and rail links. You’d be barking mad not to go!

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With its nearby links to Stratford-upon-Avon, the home of Shakespeare, Birmingham are promoting this with the introduction of two flights every week to Beijing, China, operated by Hainan Airlines during the Summer months (July - August). In China Birmingham Airport is being presented as “Shakespeare’s Airport” and hope to promote business and tourist links between the two countries.

It is hoped that if these flights go well a regular service could be on offer, as well as possible links to Shanghai and Guangzou.

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Icelandair launch new route between Birmingham and Reykjavik

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Page last updated: 9th Feb 2015 - 02:48 PM

If you think you caught a glimpse of the beautiful Northern Lights on the 5th February at Birmingham Airport…you are almost right.

Icelandair have launched a new route and as of the 5th, you can fly on Mondays and Thursdays between Birmingham and Reykjavik, and they have repainted a Boeing 757 in honour of this. Representing the Aurora, the plane is certainly very striking.

As well as giving people a chance to see the real Northern Lights, enjoy a relaxing visit to Iceland’s famous hot springs, or to do numerous Summer activities that Iceland offers such as trekking, this route also opens up a new path to North America. Reykjavik serves as a great hub to get to the US and Canada, and so this direct route from Birmingham may open up many new destinations!

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Flybe roll out new routes from Birmingham and London City

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Page last updated: 20th Aug 2014 - 03:12 PM

A few days ago Flybe, the largest scheduled carrier to operate out of Birmingham Airport, announced a new route to Berlin Tegel Airport, which will fly five times a week from Oct 26th.

This route will undoubtedly appeal both to leisure travellers and business people. Berlin offers much in terms of culture and nightlife, and it is one of the best value German destinations for tourists, with good public transport links both within the city and further afield. It is also an important commercial centre for a large number of sectors.

In May, Flybe also launched new routes from Birmingham to Hamburg and Oslo which will also start operating in October.

Winter 2014/15 will see Flybe operate 26 routes from Birmingham with up to 350 flights a day, making the airport Flybe’s biggest base.

In April, it was announced that Flybe had signed a five-year deal to operate out of London City Airport with flights starting in October. The first routes will be to Inverness, Exeter, Belfast, Dublin and Edinburgh, although the airline has plans to extend its scope to the ski resorts of Europe as well as to other destinations in France and Spain.

Flight timings on its first routes will be such that business people will be able to fly into the heart of London’s City, conduct their business and fly home again the same day.

At the moment Flybe operates flights to 16 countries on 171 routes. The company had previously been forced to reduce its operations because of financial pressure but its fortunes seem to be on the up, with £150 million raised earlier in 2014 to fund expansion.

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