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Travel disruption at East Midlands airport due to strikes

A Ryanair passenger plane passing the moon Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Ryanair customers travelling from East Midlands airport are being warned to expect more travel disruption today.

A further 250 flights across the country have been cancelled because of strike action by french air traffic controllers.

More flight cancellations as air traffic controllers strike

Two Flybe flights to and from Lyon and Paris have been cancelled Credit: PA

More disruption to flights from Birmingham airport is expected today as a strike by French air traffic controllers enters a second day.

Flybe has confirmed two of its flights two and from Lyon and Paris have been cancelled.

The strikers are protesting against restructuring plans that, they say, threaten the air navigation service in France.

The controllers are also due to stage another stoppage next week and yet another one at the end of this month.


Passenger numbers booming at Birmingham Airport

Passenger numbers are booming at Birmingham Airport, after it reported significant growth in passengers using the terminal in February.

The number using the airport in February beat its previous record for the same month set in 2008 Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The airport says almost 650,000 travelled through it in February, an increase of 8.4% on the same month last year.

It has also seen a 100% growth on scheduled routes to Hamburg, Oporto, Gdansk, Reykjavik and Toulouse, as well as growth to Las Palmas (+90.7%) Milan (+81.1%) and Amritsar (+69.3%).

The great start we made in 2015 has been followed up with another strong performance in February, which is a positive sign for the rest of the year.

February was boosted thanks to families choosing to fly from Birmingham during a busy half-term week.

There are many new routes, served by new carriers, set to launch in the months ahead too, including Madrid, Barcelona and Malaga with Norwegian, Barcelona with Vueling and New York JFK with American Airlines. These, coupled with the recent announcement that Birmingham will host a programme of non-stop charter flights to Beijing in the summer with Hainan Airlines, means passengers flying from Birmingham have more choice than ever before in 2015.

– Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport’s Chief Executive

Birmingham Airport to lose five routes

Five flight routes are to go at Birmingham Airport, bosses have confirmed.

Flybe said no jobs would be lost Credit: Press Association

The airline Flybe said it would axe flights to Hamburg, Knock, Porto, Oslo, Perpignan, Toulouse and Waterford, following a review.

But the company stressed that no jobs would be lost as a result.

An airport spokesperson said discussions were under way with other airlines with a view to continuing the five routes.

Passengers who have booked to fly on these routes will be contacted and offered an alternative flight or a full refund. Flybe sincerely apologise for any inconvenience experienced as a result of this commercial decision.

– Paul Simmons, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer

Video: Planes struggle to land at Birmingham airport due to strong winds

This amazing footage posted on YouTube shows planes at Birmingham airport struggling to land smoothly, against strong winds yesterday.

Four planes can be seen in the video coming into land at odd angles on the runway as pilots attempt to straighten up.

Yesterday, the Midlands experienced strong gusts of more than 60mph recorded in the early morning.

A Yellow weather warning was also in place throughout the afternoon in certain parts of the region.

Credit: Paul Bunyard - Freelance Video Cameraman

Birmingham Airport expects busiest day of Christmas period

More than 24,000 people are expected to pass through Birmingham Airport today Credit: PA Wire

Birmingham Airport says today will be one of its busiest of the year with 24,000 people passing through.

The airport says around 340,000 passengers are expected to travel over the next two weeks - an increase of 7.4% over the same period last year.

Passengers are being warned not to take wrapped Christmas presents in their hand luggage as they may need to be opened during security checks.

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