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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.

Passengers being advised to contact airline for flight information following earlier disruption

Birmingham Airport is now "operating as normal" after disruption earlier caused by air traffic restrictions over London.

Many flights nationwide were cancelled and delayed after a computer failure at the headquarters of air traffic control company, NATS.

The system has now been restored.

Passengers are being advised to contact their airline for flight information.

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Birmingham Airport now operating 'as normal'

Birmingham Airport is now "operating as normal" following disruption earlier caused the the air traffic restrictions over London.

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Passengers warned to expect more flight delays today

Air traffic control company NATS warned passenger that it will take some time for flight scheduling to fully recover despite their computer systems having been restored.

Following a technical failure at Swanwick, the system has been restored.

However, it will take time for operations across the UK to recover so passengers should contact their airline for the status of their flight.

We apologise for any delays and the inconvenience this may have caused.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.

– NATS
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'Ripple effect' delays some East Midlands flights

The "ripple effect" of the restrictions on London airspace have meant some delays at East Midlands airport, a spokesperson has told ITV News.

We've had a marginal delay to some of the outbound and inbound flights. Two outbounds and three inbounds have been delayed. The flights that have been delayed, one of them's been called to board, so things are moving, but it's a little bit slower. The impact of the London area has a ripple effect on the country.

– East Midlands Airport spokesperson
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Some flights from Birmingham 'may be delayed'

Flights out of Birmingham Airport may be delayed due to the restrictions on London airspace, a spokesperson has told ITV News.

Flights going north out of Birmingham should not be affected, but some heading south may be rerouted, causing some delays.

The advice is to check on our website, aircraft might take off a bit delayed because of the aircraft having to reroute. Passengers should check on the website and with their airline, it's on a flight by flight basis.

– Birmingham Airport spokesperson

The spokesperson added that Birmingham have not taken any diverted flights from London but "if we're asked we'll take them".

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Flight disruption at Birmingham and East Midlands Airport

There is disruption to some flights to and from Birmingham and East Midlands Airport due to a technical problem at the Swanwick Air Traffic Control centre.

Passengers are being advised to contact their airlines.

Flights are being disrupted across the country Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

UK Airspace is being affected by the power outage at the Swanwick control centre which is causing delays and disruption to flights country-wide.

London airspace closure not yet affecting Birmingham and East Midlands Airport

Birmingham and East Midlands Airport say they have not yet been requested to take in diverted flights from London following airspace closure across the capital.

All London airspace has been closed until 7pm as a result of a computer failure, European flight safety body Eurocontrol said.

Flights to and from the UK are expected to be severely delayed this evening, as a result.

American Airlines to launch Birmingham to NY flights

A brand new flight route between Birmingham Airport and New York’s John F Kennedy Airport will launch next May, American Airlines have announced.

A new flight route between The Midlands and New York will operate from May next year Credit: Felix Hörhager/DPA/Press Association Images

It is hoped that the launch, which will introduce direct daily flights to and from New York from 8 May 2015, will boost business and tourism links, encouraging new intercontinental relationships.

Last year, the West Midlands exported £4.5billion worth of goods to North America and has the largest trade surplus with North America of any UK region, and with global brands such as JLR, JCB, Cadbury and Kraft trading both locally and in the US, this is an important link for Midlands’ business.

The region is also a major tourist destination for Americans, with attractions such as Stratford, Warwick and Birmingham drawing in thousands of visitors every year so we look forward to welcoming many of these tourists into Birmingham next summer and thank the team at American Airlines for recognising the region’s vast market opportunities.

– Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive, Birmingham Airport
The first American Airlines plane will depart from Birmingham Airport on Friday 8th May 2015 Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The new route is expected to provide just under 100,000 seats between Birmingham Airport and JFK.

Customers will also be entitled to earn and redeem British Airways air miles due to a code share between the two airlines.

As the seventh largest airport in the UK, Birmingham Airport currently handles more than nine million passengers.

Adding Birmingham to American’s growing global network is an exciting development.

Tourists from the U.S. will have closer access to a wide range of attractions in the Midlands while business travellers will also be rewarded with greater choice when flying across the Atlantic.

– Suzanne Boda, American Airlines Senior Vice President

Ebola screening to be extended to Birmingham Airport

Screening for Ebola at Birmingham Airport will take place next week at the earliest Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Ebola screening for passengers is to be extended to Birmingham Airport, Public Health England confirms.

Chief executive, Duncan Selbie, says that once existing measures covering Heathrow, Gatwick and the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras had "settled", they would be rolled out to other ports of entry.

Staff will check passengers who are arriving from affected areas in West Africa.

Next week the focus will be on Gatwick and St Pancras and, once settled there, we will then move to include Manchester and Birmingham...

What I am certain of is that we have the people who know how to keep the country safe and that is exactly what we will do.

– Duncan Selbie, chief executive, Public Health England

The virus has killed around 4,500 people - mostly in West Africa.

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