Jet2, the leisure airline operating from Birmingham Airport, have announced plans to create 120 new job positions after making the decision to take ground crew roles in-house. As a result, ramp management, ramp agent, baggage loader and dispatch positions have all become available for next summer as new fixed-term permanent positions.In addition to these roles, Birmingham Airport are also looking to hire passenger service agents, who would be responsible for maining high levels of customer satisfaction through services at the airport. All staff would also be responsible for ensuring that flights depart safely and on time.
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.
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.
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.
A crucial 200 additional jobs are planned to be created at Birmingham Airport thanks to a major investment from the airline Jet2.com.
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%.
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.
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!
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.
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!