Posts Tagged ‘Birmingham’


[BBC News] Work has started to extend the runway at Birmingham Airport in a bid to compete for long-haul flights.

Airport officials say the runway extension could be in use by spring 2014.  Photo: Wikipedia

Airport officials say the runway extension could be in use by spring 2014. Photo: Wikipedia

Planning permission was granted in 2009 and in February final approval was given for the £40m project to extend the runway by 400 metres.

Chief executive Paul Kehoe said the extension would allow Birmingham to compete with Manchester for flights to the US and the Far East.

The runway extension is also part of a wider plan to increase capacity.

Birmingham is currently England’s second largest regional airport after Manchester, serving 9.6m passengers a year.

Airport bosses said an investment programme could allow it to double its capacity and increase the number of routes it serves.

They believe the runway extension could be in use by spring 2014.

The airport opened a new control tower in June, incorporating the latest technology, which managers hoped would help it attract airlines.

Paul Forrest, from the West Midlands Economic Forum, said having the runway extended would be “very significant” for the region’s economy and could potentially boost regional growth by 3-4%.

He said: “Birmingham is much more competitive than many other airports.

“It’s quicker to get from Birmingham International to Euston than it is to get from Heathrow to Euston on the Tube.

James Puxty, of the NEC Group whose base is next to the airport, said the runway extension was “really positive news” for the company…..

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BBC News
28th Nov, 2012


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[Travel-News.co.uk] Ryanair, an Ireland-based low cost airline, is offering a new fare deal for passengers already booked with the airline, bmibaby, following bmibaby’s plan to wind up operations, starting with its imminent summer schedule.

Ryanair offering stranded bmibaby passengers rescue fares commencing from £29.99

Ryanair offering stranded bmibaby passengers rescue fares commencing from £29.99: Photo: Wikipedia

bmibaby, a subsidiary of UK-based British Midland Airways Limited (bmi), is to close its operations in phases, the initial phase commencing from June 2012, and the final phase ending in September 2012.

Ryanair is stepping up its summer schedule to offer stranded bmibaby passengers booked from the Belfast and Birmingham airports rescue fares commencing from £29.99 one way.

The airline is working with British International Airlines Group (IAG), the parent company of British Airways, and current owner of bmibaby, to accommodate bmibaby passengers on a priority basis. Passengers with confirmed bmibaby bookings on the routes between Belfast and Birmingham, to Glasgow, London, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Ibiza, Alicante, Faro, Malaga and Palma, may apply for a corresponding booking with Ryanair.

The fares are available until May 20, 2012, atwww.ryanair.com/member/ryanairbmibabyfare.html, and will remain valid for…..

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MAY 4, 2012



[Monarch airlines Press Release] Airline to launch a new base at East Midlands Airport and expand services from Birmingham Airport.

Monarch Airlines taking up the slack after bmi baby is closed in September?  : Photo Wikipedia

Monarch Airlines taking up the slack after bmi baby is closed in September?
Photo Wikipedia

Scheduled leisure airline Monarch has today announced a further expansion of its operations across the Midlands with the launch of a new base at East Midlands Airport, and also the growth of services from Birmingham Airport.

The airline, already a leading leisure carrier at Birmingham Airport, will introduce a new base at East Midlands Airport from late summer 2012 and launch new flights to key leisure destinations across the Mediterranean, including Malaga, Alicante, Palma (Majorca) and Faro (Portugal).

In addition, Monarch will be expanding its operations from Birmingham Airport through the introduction of additional frequencies on existing routes to Malaga, Alicante, Faro, Rome and Palma, plus the addition of a new route to Barcelona.  A UK base for Monarch since 2005, the airline is already one of Birmingham’s leading scheduled airline, flying over 875,000 passengers every year to over twenty destinations across Europe.

Commenting on the launch of a new base at East Midlands Airport and the expansion of services from Birmingham Airport, Managing Director of Monarch Airlines, Kevin George said, “In light of recent industry changes, opportunities have opened up in the market.  Iit has become clear that the Midlands will be underserved as a region in the future, and that there is a lack of quality carriers to serve customers travelling from the area.”

“As an airline with over 40 years heritage and a stronghold in the Midlands already, the expansion of our existing services from Birmingham and the launch of operations from East Midlands makes perfect sense for Monarch, and accelerates the strategy we announced last year to focus on the development of our scheduled operations into key leisure destinations across the Mediterranean, the Canaries and North Africa.”

George continues. “The further expansion of our services from the Midlands will provide even more customers in the Midlands with choice and flexibility and protects jobs at East Midlands Airport in the future”.

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Monarch Airines
3rd May 2012



[Express & Star] Birmingham Airport is calling on the Government to  endorse its national  status as chief executive Paul Kehoe revealed talks with  Far Eastern  airlines about launching new flights from the site in the  future.

CEO Paul Kehoe revealed talks with Far Eastern airlines about launching new flights from the site in the future

CEO Paul Kehoe revealed talks with Far Eastern airlines about launching new flights from the site in the future

Mr Kehoe has returned from a trip promoting links between the West Midlands  and China.

And he has dismissed claims from airports group BAA that Heathrow Airport is  the only answer to forging new air links with the country.

He has been talking with a string of Far Eastern airlines during a three-day  visit to the Chinese city of Chengdu for the Routes Asia conference. Mr Kehoe  said feedback from the airlines was positive, with many now considering  Birmingham as a new destination once the runway extension is completed in  2014.

He 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.”

Mr Kehoe and his team had the largest airport stand at the Routes Asia event,  aiming to demonstrate the strong trading links with China by showing a film  about the partnership between the airport and MG Motors, a company owned by Shanghai  Automotive.

William Wang, managing director of Longbridge-based MG Motors has said there  is serious need for direct flights between Birmingham and Shanghai for business passengers, the  region’s large Chinese community  and the thousands of students that come  to Birmingham each year.

Since 2003, after London, Birmingham has attracted more Chinese investment  projects than…..

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Express & Star
Monday 30th April 2012