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British Airways returns to Birmingham Airport

A British Airways flight will depart from Birmingham Airport this evening for the first time in ten years.

The flights will use the Embraer 190 aircraft Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Archive/PA Images

The company is operating flights on weekends throughout the summer to the Italian city of Florence, as well as the Spanish destinations of Malaga, Ibiza and Palma.

The first flight leaves Birmingham at 7.20pm on its way to Florence.

British Airways last flew from Birmingham in 2007 when the company's regional airline business was sold to Flybe.

Air France passenger flight heading for Birmingham Airport 'declares emergency'

Credit: ITV News.

An Air France flight heading for Birmingham Airport has reportedly declared a general emergency.

The passenger flight left Paris airport and was heading to the city when the alert was signalled, according to the Nik's News, a Twitter aviation-watch site.

The reason for the alleged emergency declaration has not yet been revealed.

Earlier this month it was reported that a language mix-up saw a pilot taxi onto the runway at an unidentified Midland airport without clearance.

The incident was highlighted in a review for the Civil Aviation Authority which warned a crash could be caused by low levels of English language ability among some pilots and air traffic controllers.

It identified 267 mandatory occurrence reports (MOR) related to miscommunication in UK-based aviation over an 18-month period.

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