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Birmingham Airport Guide

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History

  • Birmingham airport was first opened in 1939. It was owned by the city council as a municipal airport.
  • During wartime the Air Ministry took over and developed the site, building two hard runways.
  • In 1946 the airport reopened and civil flights recommenced.
  • By 1954 there were services to Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Jersey but the length of the runways restricted the use of larger aircrafts.
  • In1966 the main runway was expanded and more jets started using the airport. The need for expansion became evident as international flights became available.
  • The opening of the National Exhibition Centre just minutes away helped promote the airport in the late 1970's and in May 1984 the Main Terminal was opened by The Queen giving opportunity for more routes and an increase of passengers using Birmingham Airport.
  • Further development of the main runway helped attract scheduled flights to the USA and charter flights further afield to destinations such as the Dominican Republic and Mexico.
  • To accommodate such expansion a second terminal was opened in 1991. The Eurohub was to be used by British Airways and its partners and be the first terminal in the world to combine domestic and international passengers.
  • Passenger numbers continued to increase annually as did development to both terminals and facilities.
  • The year 2002 saw 8 million passengers pass through the airport, an increase of 2.8% from the previous year.
  • Numbers continued to rise and in 2003, 9 million passengers passed through.
  • Today Birmingham International Airport is the UK's 5th largest airport, the 2nd outside London and was voted 'Best UK Business Airport' in 2003. There are over 50 airlines flying to over 100 destinations. The airport has superb road and rail links, great facilities and there is ongoing improvement and development.