Flybe’s large route network of flights from Birmingham is second to none, they are the largest airline based at Birmingham Airport wth a large range of flights to Domestic UK and European cities.

Overview and History of Birmingham Airport

Located in the suburb if Solihull, about 10 km south-east of Birmingham city centre,
Birmingham International Airport (BIA) is the UK’s sixth busiest airport, serving over nine million passengers in 2007.
Opened in 1939, BIA offered services to Glasgow, Liverpool, Ryde, Shoreham, Manchester and Southampton as well as a connecting service to the continent from Croyden.

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However, with the onset of World War Two shortly after, BIA was requisitioned for military use, with civil flights recommencing in 1946. The number of destinations grew steadily through the 1940′s and 50′s with new additions including Zurich, Dusseldorf, Palma, Amsterdam and Barcelona.

In the 1970′s the airports crowded infrastructure was proving inadequate, leading in 1979 to the approval of a new passenger terminal building and associated facilities. Passenger numbers continued to rise through the 1980′s, aided by the opening gin 1987 of the ‘Eurohub’, a quick transfer point allowing travellers easy access to destinations in Europe ad North America.

More recently, in 1997 a deal was signed which secured £260m over ten years for improvements and building work to enhance capacity, and in 1999 BIA celebrated its 60th birthday by recording a new record number of passengers, of more than 7m. In 2007 BIA served a little over 9,200,000 people, a rise of 18% since 2001.

Birmingham International Airport Parking Facilities

A ‘rapid drop-off’ facility is available at BIA, where passengers can park in close proximity to the terminal building for up to 20 minutes for £1, (£3 per additional 15 minutes). BIA houses a number of short- and long-stay car parks, as well as multi-storey, NCP parking areas.

Short stays are charged at £1 for 30 minutes to £18.20 for 24 hours; a five day stay costs £18.20 per day with additional days charged at £17.20. Long stays are free for the first hour, with a one day stay costing £12, and subsequent days or part days charged at £8. A 60% saving on long-stays can be obtained by pre-booking via phone on 0845 050 7080 or through the BIA website (www.bhx.co.uk).

Transport Links to Birmingham

Land transport to BIA is available via road, rail, coach, bus and taxi. Arriving by car, travellers should take the A45 Coventry Road, one mile west of M42 Junction 6, and follow the signposts.

The Air-rail shuttle link connects BIA to Birmingham International Station, open from 0515 to 0200, where onward services for Birmingham City Centre (New Street Station) and London Euston leave frequently.

Train times and fares are available from National Rail or telephone 08457 48 49 50. The most frequent bus service is the 900, operating every 20/30 minutes. Local bus and rail times and fares are available from http://www.networkwestmidlands.com or on 0870 608 2 608.

Coach information from BIA is available online at National Express or on 08705 808080. Customers using SatNav systems should use postcode B26 3QJ, with co-ordinates: SP (4)182 (2)839, Latitude 52 26N Longitude 1 44W.

Conference and Business Facilities at Birmingham Airport

Three business lounges are available, one in terminal one and two in the second terminal. The Business Lounge in terminal one can be found in the departure lounge next to Tie Rack; the Flybe lounge is located next to Austin Reed and Currency Express, with the ‘Four Deck Lounge’ positioned at the opposite end of the terminal two departure lounge.

Business booths are available in the Terminal 1 Departures lounge; free work stations are provided, with credit-card operated telephone, e-mail, modem and fax facilities. Business Point in Terminal 2 (0121 767 8063) provides four meeting rooms accommodating between two and 40 people. Overhead projectors and flipcharts are available.

Birmingham Information

The name ‘Birmingham’ comes from “Beorma ingas ham”, meaning “home of the people of Beorma.” Birmingham is first noted in recorded history in the Domesday Book in 1086, which valued the then hamlet at only 20 shillings! In the 12th century Birmingham was transformed from a village to a market town. Metalworking soon became a major source of income as supplies of iron ore and coal were plentiful.

By the 17th century, Birmingham was a major producer of small arms, concentrated in the Gun Quarter; this speciality in metalworking came to the fore during the Industrial Revolution when Birmingham grew rapidly, becoming the second most populous city in the UK. Bombed heavily during World War Two, Birmingham was extensively redeveloped.

In recent years, Birmingham has been transformed, with the construction of new squares like Centenary Square and Millennium Place. Old streets, buildings and canals have been restored, the pedestrian subways have been removed, and the Bull Ring shopping centre has been redeveloped further into a world-class shopping destination.

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