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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.

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.

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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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