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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.

Pilot loses false arm during flight from Birmingham

A Flybe Dash 8 at Birmingham International Airport Credit: PA

A airline pilot's artificial arm became detached as he was coming in to land, an accident report has said.

The detachment, on a Flybe flight from Birmingham, caused the captain to lose control of the plane with 47 passengers on board. The flight was approaching Belfast City Airport in gusty conditions.

The incident happened on February 12th this year. No-one was hurt and the plane was not damaged.

"The senior captain referred to in this report is one of Flybe's most experienced and trusted pilots. The airline confirms that at no time was the safety of its passengers or crew compromised in any way, nor was the aircraft damaged."

– Ian Baston, Flybe director of flight operations and safety

Drunk passenger allegedly boards empty plane

An investigation is underway at Birmingham Airport after a drunk passenger allegedly managed to breach security and board an empty plane.

It happened in the early hours of 17 July when Lee Jezard, from Redditch, allegedly made his way onto the airfield and boarded a passenger jet.

Birmingham Airport say they are investigating the allegations Credit: BRUNO FAHY/Belga/Press Association Images

West Midlands Police said the 22-year-old was arrested at 1.10am and charged later that day with the offence of entering a security restricted area of an aerodrome without the permission of the manager and a separate offence of boarding an aircraft without permission.

He was released on bail, with conditions not to attend any airport in the UK, and is due to appear before Birmingham magistrates on August 20.

– West Midlands Police spokesperson

It is thought Jezard missed his flight to Ibiza the previous day and had been re-booked on a flight leaving the next day. He allegedly started drinking at an airport bar before getting airside.

An airport spokesman said: "An investigation is under way."


First-ever Chinese tourist flight to Birmingham lands

The first direct tourist flight from China to Birmingham is due to land this morning Credit: PA

The first-ever direct tourist flight from China to Birmingham is due to land this morning.

It is one of three flights chartered by China Southern, the Chinese equivalent of Thomas Cook, and has been made possible by the new runway extension.

If it proves popular, it could mean the scheduling of a permanent flight route.

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Residents fight Birmingham Airport flight path changes

A protest meeting has been held tonight over recent changes to flight paths in and out of Birmingham Airport. It follows the opening of a runway extension two months ago. The airport says it is carrying out a number of trials before deciding which routes to use in future. However some residents say it is causing unacceptable noise levels. Keith Wilkinson reports.

Petition against Birmingham Airport flight path to be presented to Transport Minister

A protest meeting against Birmingham Airport's new flight path will take place in Balsall Common Credit: PA Wire

A petition signed by more than 2000 people will be presented to the Transport Minister today, protesting about new flight paths being used by aeroplanes at Birmingham Airport.

Since its runway extension, Birmingham Airport has been trialling new flight paths but many residents in Balsall Common say it has resulted in increased noise.

A protest meeting tonight is expected to attract 250 people.

Birmingham Airport says:

"The new flight path, to the south of the airport, is required as a result of the runway extension, which is now open and will deliver global connectivity and thousands of new jobs in the future for local people.

"The airport is aware of a petition circulating in the community and is recording and responding to all correspondence received by residents."

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