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Birmingham Airport sets course for traffic and infrastructure development

Birmingham airport’s security upgrade is part of a £300 million capital investment plan set to unfold over the next decade.
Birmingham airport’s security upgrade is part of a £300 million capital investment plan set to unfold over the next decade.

Located in the heart of the country, Birmingham Airport served 11.8 million passengers in 2023/24, ranking as the seventh largest airport in the UK. It is served by 50 airlines flying to 133 destinations.

The airport accommodates a diverse range of airlines, including long-haul, low-cost, and flag carriers, as well as both scheduled and charter flights. This variety supports a customer base comprising of 17% business travellers and 83% leisure travellers.

Over the past year, Birmingham Airport has experienced a significant recovery post-Covid. It reinstated its Qatar Airways service, welcomed back Emirates A380 on the first of it’s two-daily service’s and added new airlines including Saudia, serving Jeddah, and Pegasus, with three weekly flights to Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport.

In its European netork, easyJet established a base with three aircraft serving 16 new destinations. Jet2 added another aircraft and introduced flights to Tivat in Montenegro, while Ryanair expanded its operations to include eight new routes, totalling 50 with its seven based aircraft.

Flag carriers play a vital role by connecting the region with major hubs and contributing to the 467 onward destinations accessible from Birmingham. Additionally, charter airline TUI offers flights to both short-haul destinations within the Mediterranean, as well as those further afield, like Orlando and Cancun.

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Development is a key focus for the airport, which is in the process of completing a new security search area aimed at providing a faster and more streamlined service using advanced scanners and equipment. This security upgrade is part of a £300 million capital investment plan set to unfold over the next decade, which also includes enhancements in aircraft stand capacity and the installation of 12,000 solar panels to help the airport reach its goal of becoming net zero carbon by 2033.

The anticipated arrival of High Speed 2, in 2029, ensures that Birmingham Airport is the only airport with a dedicated station, connecting London within 32 minutes.

These strategic investments, along with the expansion of airline services and the upcoming HS2 connection, are pivotal as Birmingham Airport aims to meet its target of 18 million annual passengers by 2033. This dynamic growth and expansion will not only boost the airport’s operational capacity but also significantly contribute to the regional economy.

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